Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is getting back into the large form factor tablet game, with the announcement of the MediaPad M2 10 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It's a new Android 5.1 Lollipop tablet with optional pen input through Huawei's Active Stylus, which boasts 2048-level pressure sensitivity. And the manufacturer has also partnered with Harman/Kardon to bring high-res audio to the tablet — the audio firm's Clari-Fi tech is designed to compensate for lost audio fidelity.
The front of the MediaPad M2 10 is dominated by its 10-inch, 1020x1080-resolution display, beneath which you've got a fingerprint sensor for biometric security.
Powering the tablet is Huawei's homegrown Kirin 930 octa-core CPU, which is paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in the standard version. Buyers picking up the premium version of the slate will get 3GB and 64GB, as well as a bundled Huawei Active Stylus.
On the software side, it's running EMUI 3.1, which we've seen on plenty of Huawei phones this year. So it'll be interesting to see how this custom UI makes the jump up to a 10-inch form factor.
Aside from these early details, Huawei has confirmed that it'll sell the new MediaPad in the U.S. in Q1 2016, but has nothing to share when it comes to pricing or release dates.
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 hardware specifications
|Display||Size: 10 inches|
Type: IPS LCD
Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (Full HD)
|Operating System||Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1|
|Processor||2GHz Kirin 930; Octa-core|
|Memory||Silver: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM|
Gold: 64GB ROM / 3 GB RAM + Active Stylus
microSD expandable up to 128GB
|Camera||Rear: 13MP AF Front: 5MP|
|Dimensions||239.8mm x 172.75mm x 7.35mm; 500g|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 ; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac; Micro USB 2.0|
Accelerometer, Light Sensor, eCompass, Fingerprint, Active Stylus
|Color||Luxurious Gold / Moonlight Silver|
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Omg it screams "Samsung" tablet. Wow Posted via the Android Central App
Except Samsung has had QHD screens in their 10" tablets for 2 years.
Tiny typo in the main body "The front of the MediaPad M2 10 is dominated by its 10-inch, 1020x1080-resolution display, beneath which you've got a fingerprint sensor for biometric security." Should be 1920
I was like -_- . Thanks for clearing that up.
Why can't all new tablets and phones coming out in the near future come with 6.0. Posted via the Android Central App
Put stock Marshmallow on it & call it the Nexus 10 (2016). Posted via the Android Central App
A Nexus tablet with stylus/pen input is something I've wanted for a long time. Posted via the Android Central App
Agreed! Posted via the Android Central App
When they added stylus support to android back with ICS, I thought it was coming. But it didn't. They either updated or reannounced stylus support in MM, but still there's no nexus that uses it. Maybe one day. Posted via the Android Central App
Not bad...would have been better as a Nexus.
It does look very "Samsungish". Where does the stylus go? Is it magnetic or something?
Thanks for wondering the halls of madness in LV. Posted safely from England
I'd be interested in this but the UI kicking in the Mate 8 review makes me think twice. Also why launch a phone with Android 6.0 and your tablet on Lollipop? Make them both 6.0! Really hope Android tablets get cool this year. Posted via the Android Central App
Wonder why the battery is so small compared to the near identically sized pixel c. Posted via the Android Central App
It's lighter than the Pixel.
I was highly disappointed the Pixel C didn't have a stylus option, would have bought it at launch if it did.
Why is so hard to produce a good Android tablet with Stylus support that:
1. Isn't smaller than 10" (Nvidia Shield, Asus ZenPad S 8")
2. Isn't short on RAM (This, Galaxy Tab A w/ S-Pen, Asus ZenPad S 10")
3. Isn't short on resolution (Galaxy Tab A w/ S-pen, Asus ZenPad S 10")
4. Doesn't have odd processor/hardware choices (This, Galaxy Note 10.1, 12.2)
5. Isn't priced like a low-end Macbook (Galaxy Note 12.2 Pro)
Doesn't need to be Quad HD, 4 Gb of RAM and all-metal construction. Not asking for a Cadillac and don't want a low-end junker. Just a good, solid Chevy. A stylus isn't just for taking notes, you know.
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