Getting creative with a tablet

lifestyle October 06, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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Huawei’s new MediaPad M5 Pro transform into a superfast notebook just by clicking on a keyboard

A POWERFUL tablet computer with a versatile stylus, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro can transform into a tiny, highly mobile notebook computer with an optional keyboard.

MediaPad M5 Pro is powered by Huawei Kirin 960 octa-core processor with four cores running at 2.4 GHz and four others at 1.8 GHz. Its graphics are powered by a Mali G71 MP8 GPU and it comes with 4 gigabytes of working memory or RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, expandable with microSD card by up to 256GB.

The tablet boasts a large 10.8-inch ClariVu 5.0 technology IPS display with 2560x1600-pixel resolution. The display is bright and more than adequate for viewing photos, reading ebooks and watching video clips. During the test, I watched newly released movies on the TrueID TV app of TrueVisions and was impressed by both the sharp and clean images and sound quality.

The tablet’s good sound system can be put down to its quad-speaker system with high-tech amplifiers. That makes it excellent for listening to music as well, and is further enhanced by the tablet’s support of Hi-Res audio. The four speakers are tuned by the renowned acoustic firm Harman Kardon Audio to deliver top-quality sound with good bass and less distortion.

The MediaPad M5 Pro does not comes with a standard 3.5mm stereo jack but Huawei provides a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter that you can use with your favourite headphones. I used the adapter with Sony’s MDR-1ABT Hi-Res Audio headphone during the test and found that the music quality was great with good details of instruments and powerful and deep bass.

The tablet runs on Google Android 8.0 with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface on top of it, reinforcing its performance. Applications ran fast and the touchscreen and menus were very responsive.

The M5 Pro supports LTE 4G and it also comes with a speedy Wi-Fi 802.11ac connection.

I tested it on TrueMove H’s LTE network and I found the Internet connection was really fast and downloading of applications quick and smooth. I used Ookla Speedtest app to measure the speed and the tablet scored a download speed of 96.5 Mbps and an upload speed of 29.8 Mbps.

Buy the optional keyboard too and you can turn MediaPad M5 Pro into a notebook computer.

The M5 Pro has a connector for connecting to M5 Folio Keyboard, which also functions as the screen and back covers. The keyboard has locks on both left and right sides for attaching to the tablet and its back cover can be folded down to serve as a stand when you want to use the tablet as a notebook.

The keyboard worked effectively during the test and typing was both convenient and responsive. Moreover, the keyboard has a touchpad, which you can use as a pointer without having to lift your hand from the keyboard to touch the screen.

 I tested the keyboard on the WPS Office app to work on Memo, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Document files conveniently.

MediaPad M5 Pro can also be used as a creative tool with the provided Huawei M-Pen.

The stylus pen is powered by rechargeable battery and it has a USB-C port for recharging. The M-Pen is light and comfortable to hold and it flows naturally on the display just like on a piece of paper.

The M-Pen supports 4096-layer pressure sensitivity, allowing you to draw with it on the M5 Pro just as you would with paper. It also supports tilt and shade functions. 

You click on the stylus’ s lower button to bring up a floating menu of apps. During the test, the button brought up MyScript Calculator, Nebo for Huawei and Autodesk SketchBook apps.

The stylus can also be used to capture the screen. You just press and hold the lower function key on the stylus and draw a portion of the screen to capture that part or you can press and hold the same button and tap the screen twice with the M-Pen to capture the entire screen.

During the test on the SketchBook app, I had no problem using the stylus to draw and the stylus supported the Tilt and Shade function well. The provided Nebo app is great for taking notes and drawing illustrations of your ideas.

For security, the MediaPad M5 Pro provides a fingerprint reader for unlocking the screen.

The tablet has a large battery with a good battery life. The 7,500 mAh battery has Smart Power-Saving technology, allowing you to survive a day after one charge. It also supports quick charging, allowing you to replenish the battery in 2.9 hours.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro has a suggested retail price of Bt18,990. The M5 Folio Keyboard retails for Bt3,990.

Key Specs

Networks: LTE FDD / LTE TDD / WCDMA / GSM 

OS: Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0

CPU: HUAWEI Kirin 960 Octa-Core [4ืA73 (2.4 GHz) + 4ืA53 (1.8 GHz)]

GPU: Mali G71 MP8 

Memory: 4GB RAM

Storage: 64 GB, expandable with microSD by up to 256 GB

Display: 10.8-inch, 2560ื1600 pixels 359 PPI display, ClariVu 5.0 technology IPS display

Cameras: Front camera: 8 MP, F2.2, Fixed focus; Rear camera: 13 MP, F2.2, Auto Focus (PDAF)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G; Bluetooth 4.2

Battery: 7,500 mAh

Dimensions: 171.8 mm x 258.7 mm x 7.3 mm (H x W x D)

Weight: 498g