They're solidly equipped on the inside, too. While the Kirin 960 octa-core chip isn't quite cutting edge (we saw it in the Mate 9 from late 2016), you can otherwise expect some solid hardware. The standard M5 touts a 2,560 x 1,600 display, 32GB to 128GB of expandable storage, 4GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel fixed-focus front shooter. You don't get a headphone jack, unfortunately (there's plenty of room, Huawei!), but you can count on stereo speakers. Some variants have LTE if you like your tablet computing to go.
And Huawei is not-so-subtly positioning the 10.8-inch variant as an answer to laptop-style tablets like the iPad Pro. All of the larger models have a pogo pin connector for a keyboard attachment and pack four speakers instead of two. There's also a MediaPad M5 Pro model with a stylus (complete with 4,096 levels of sensitivity) and double the base storage if you're a budding artist.
We have yet to get pricing or availability as we write this, although it's safe to say this latest MediaPad will carry at least some kind of premium (though not as much as if it had, say, the Kirin 970 from the Mate 10 Pro). And it might be worth the outlay. While this isn't a speed demon, the design and solid specs represent breaths of fresh air.
Update: When the tablets launch this spring, the 8.4-inch M5 will start at €349 (around $431), the 10.8-inch model at €399 ($493), and the 10.8-inch Pro version at €499 ($616).
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