Huawei MediaPad M5 Android Tablet Review

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00:47 – Build quality
01:14 – Display & Pricing
01:58 – Processor, RAM and storage
02:25 – OS
02:47 – Weight & Battery life
03:17 – Ports
04:45 – Camera
05:17 – Fingerprint reader & multi user access
05:44 – Performance: web browsing
06:30 – Gaming: GTA Vice City & Goat Simulator
06:50 – 3DMark Slingshot Benchmark
07:24 – Dolphin emulator
08:10 – Conclusion and final thoughts

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andyH_England says:

The iPad 2018 costs less than this in the UK please tell me where I can get three for the same price as the iPad 9.7? Of course if you compare it to the iPad Pro you can probably get two for the same price

Johnnie Hougaard Nielsen says:

I’m running the 8″ version of the older MediaPad M3, and have found it to be pretty good. While the metal back/frame is regarded as “better”, I’d probably have preferred plastic due to it being less likely to slide, easier to pick up, and less of the cold feel of metal.

Chaos Reignz says:

biggest problem with android tablets is they NEVER or rarely ever get updated to the latest version of android…stuck with whatever version it comes with,unless you root em

Slappy McPhee says:

Another nice review. I am still having trouble taking these Chinese products seriously with their tendency for espionage and cyber terrorism. People can tell me to get my tinfoil hat out all the want, but t that just means they have their heads buried in the sand. The Chinese and the Russians are pretty much experts in cyber based mischief.

Israel Lewis says:

16:10 aspect ratio**

CF542 says:

Even Google has given up on Android tablets and didn’t even mention Android when they launched the Pixel 3.
Point being that investing in Android tablets probably isn’t a sound choice much longer.

Montisaquadeis says:

The 8.4″ is a 2560×1600 16:10 screen and thus works fine in Potrait mode. Also the 10.8 has the same 16:10 aspect Ratio as the 8.4″ Since its also a 2560×1600 res screen. My kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is 2560×1600 and I use it constantly in Potrait mode for reading without any issues. Which is part of the reason why I am looking into the 8.4″ to replace it since Amazon is no longer doing high end tablets like that anymore and trying to get replacement parts is just a pain. $280-$320 is perfectly acceptable price point for me for a replacement tablet. At least its not $500+ like so many other tablets.

Ahmad El-Hamamy says:

I think it’s stupid from android tablet companies to compete with the iPad at the same price, if it was cheaper it might have been a decent deal.

joel toh says:

Lol the attempt to swipe up at 1:56

Francesco Varrato says:

Watching from my Huawei MediaPad M3 8.4, that’s nice and functional (and with smaller bezels than this new, bigger iteration)

RockstarBruski says:

Interesting tablet. Great review Lon! For me it’s a bummer theres no headphone jack! Recently I did buy a small bluetooth adapter that allows me to plug in my headphones to it and connect to devices without headphone jacks but i have to remember to bring the bluetooth adapter with me.

Al van der Laan says:

Hahaha at 5:05 – “You pick up foot prints” priceless. Great for shooting BigFoot footage….

biglevian says:

I have the 8.4 version since spring. Great tablet. Also little correction the 960 in the pro version is higher clocked. You have the 960s in the other versions. Also: Is the gpu turbo that huawei promised already out in the us? They promised up to 60% more performance. If those numbers are even kind of close and the update isn’t out yet, it would play at the same league as the k1 and the X.


10.8″ is odd size. I do like the $319 price

J Garcia says:

Great review. I’m going to need a new Android tablet like this soon, but all the nice ones are only made by “Chinese-Chinese” companies these days. There’s probably nothing wrong with that, but I’d honestly rather support/trust Dell or HP, or even Acer or Asus for that matter (Not USA-based I know), but I just can’t find one tablet that meets all my needs. HP and Dell both make tablets that meet my hardware needs, but I don’t want ChromeOS or Windows on my “travel” tablet. If those machines would just run Android instead (not just the Play Store grafted onto ChromeOS via wonky software tricks) , then I’d have TOO MANY choices, instead of not enough. No headphone jack is an absolute deal breaker, though.

Pety says:

no headphone jacks on tablets has to be the single stupidest thing in tech in a long time

Soohoran says:

No headphone jack = no buy

Lon.TV says:

ERRATA : In describing the price vs. iPad I was comparing to the iPad pro. I forgot about the iPad 9.7 (which is now just called iPad) that comes in at a very competitive price to the 10.8″ Huawei device here. However I do think the 8″ tablet is a good value vs. the more expensive iPad Mini.

Bhirawa Maylana says:

No please not again, no headphone jack trend make me sick, Apple just go die already before they invent and claim no i/o port is future.

Christian says:

I love that your videos have indexes in the description, never stop with that!

St. Batu says:

iPad starts at $329, on Apple’s website. and $299 for students (I think)

mrportfoleyo says:

with that usb c port do you think it could mirror to an external display?

Gilles Lussier says:

I think that the iPad 6th gen for roughly the same price, is almost twice as fast as this tablet and a better purchase than this tablet.

Christine Roy says:

The 5th gen 9.7″ iPad is still $329 usd if you can live with 32GB. 128GB is +$100. I went cheaper and got a Fire HD 10. Tablets I just use causally around the house.


Please review Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus…i think its one of the best budget tablet in 2018…

Russ Cooke says:

Im dissapointed in the range of android tablets right now. I would love a midrange, full hd, low bezel 7 inch tablet, and a 12 inch tablet, but not a lot is there.

Mike B says:

Hi Lon! I appreciate you!

David Robinson says:

The 10.8 is slightly slower than the 8.4″ model by 300Mhz however the Pro version is the same speed as the smaller tablet, The 8.4″ model has Stereo Speakers, The 10.8″ has Quad Channel Speakers and Dolby Atmos demos sound amazing on them. There is image stabilisation on Videos below 4K. Asphalt Legends runs great on these at default graphics settings, with the highest settings introducing odd stutters now and then. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion runs fine as does more simple titles like Disney Magic Kingdoms.

A says:

I just read in the news…US government says to not use Huawei products. Should I trust Huawei?

Andrew Cole says:

It’s odd that they (Huawei) would ‘lend’ you one of these devices so long after the release date. I suspect that they have an over supply of them that they want to move. That said, it’s an excellent device.

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