Tuesday , June 5 2018

New Huawei MediaPad Tablets coming including a new Pro model with M-Pen Stylus support


The status of Android tablets in Australia is relatively poor, but there could be some new hardware from Huawei about to launch which could make for some excitement if they arrive here.

The new MediaPad M5 series, which we’ve previously seen skating through the US Federal Communications Commission, will have some decent specs, at a decent price if the specs become a reality. Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de has shared the details of the tablets in a tweet which gives us information about an 8″ tablet, and two 10″ tablets that include the M-Pen Stylus support.

With 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage – with presumably microSD card storage – and 64GB of storage on the pro model, the tablets sound like they’ll offer some decent options for those still interested in tablets. The M-Pen support for the pro model should be interesting, with stylus support a handy inclusion for some users on tablets – and phones.

The Wacom designed M-Pen was first introduced around the M2 series offering 2048 points of pressure. Whether the M5 series would look to update this pen is something we will have to wait for an official announcement on.

With no P20 reveal scheduled for Mobile World Congress it’s conceivable we may get some new tablets at the upcoming MWC press conference on the 26th of February – so the word is stay tuned.

Source: @RQuandt.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.

16 comments

  1. I bought a m3 around 6 months ago with lte for $300 shipped brand new. Extremely happy with it, has 7.0 but yeah no security updates since May 2017

  2. So moral of the story is don’t go for the Pro version with LTE or otherwise you don’t get updates? I need to upgrade my N10 this year.

    • I’ve only ever seen the MediaPad’s for sale in Australia through carriers which means LTE will be included and you will be at the mercy of the carriers when it comes to updates. I have seen some for sale through eBay but they weren’t Australian versions.

  3. I’d be interested in a 10 inch tablet. I’ve got the huawei mate 10 pro through optus and recently received the January security update so happy with that.

  4. give me a tablet with Chrome and i will start getting interested.

  5. Huawei has never, ever issued even a security update for the Vodafail gimped MediaPad M2 sold in Australia so it is highly unlikely they’ll update software or security patches on these ones either. The M2 8″ hardware was/still is quite good and it feels premium, just a shame about the software and the lack of any support whatsoever. Huawei could do such good products if they didn’t gimp great hardware with very sucky software and practically non-existent support.

    • My Mediapad M3 was updated from M to N but it’s not carrier locked. My Samsung S8+ on Optus hasn’t been updated at all, it’s the telcos not the manufacturers

      • Telco interference in Australia is a big problem when it comes to updates and some (Vodafail) are worse than others but some handset manufacturers are also dreadful at pushing updates in Australia. Huawei is in my experience the prime example of an extremely pathetic manufacturer when it comes to updates. My M2 was updated from 5 to 6 but only by me finding the ROM and forcing the update. Would love to get it onto 7 because it is still a quite capable 4G Tablet but haven’t bothered yet. I think it is only just out of warranty now so maybe I’ll muck around with ROMS when I get time.

      • Is your M3 a 4G tablet and if so, were the phone capabilities gimped in Australia as per the M2?

      • I have a Samsung S8+ too on Optus and the latest security update it received is October 2017 which is the same as *unbranded* S8+.
        So, in this case, it’s *Samsung* to blame for not providing security updates. Other regions are on January security update.

    • I have a MediaPad M2 8.0 that I purchased directly from Huawei and it has 4G, with an Optus sim sourced separately. I manually upgraded it from Android 5.1 to Android 6.0 by downloading an image from Huawei. It is great hardware and still works fine. But, it needs regular security updates and I have never had one, which puts me off ever buying another newer model.

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