Are tablets still relevant today?
Now that smartphone’s display are getting bigger despite of their very compact body and laptops are getting lighter, the popularity of tablets was lessen throughout the past few years.
RELATED ARTICLE: Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite Unboxing And First Impressions
It’s been a while since we start using the new Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite and we are having mixed emotions about it. Do you want to know what we think about it? Read on!
The Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite design was clearly better that the old Android tablets that are made of plastic. It has a durable aluminum frame that can withstand minor bumps even if you don’t put a protective case on it. The back part is very minimalist and clean in the eyes. The camera was placed on the upper right side and it has the Huawei branding on the middle together with the speaker branding on the bottom middle part.
On the front, we like the all-glass cover but we feel that the side bezels are still too thick specially in this generation. There is a capacitive navigation sensor on the middle bottom part of the display which also serve as a fingerprint scanner. The front camera was placed on the middle upper part of the display (landscape mode) which is a nice position specially when having a video chat.
We just feel that there is something wrong with the positioning of the power and volume buttons specially when using the device in portrait mode. Some apps still doesn’t support 360 screen rotation, so you cannot place the tablet in a stand because the buttons are prone to accidental press.
The Mediapad M5 Lite sports a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution on a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display has a decent color reproduction, sharp details, and it can get very bright which is perfect when using the device in well lit environments.
As a table, you can’t expect the Mediapad M5 Lite to be as powerful as the latest midrange and flagship smartphones. The ageing HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor can run most tasks and casual games but using it for HD/4K video editing might be a no-no. High graphic games are not also advisable on a tablet because of its big screen state which will give you a hard time reaching for in-game icons. In terms of memory, it has an ample 4GB of RAM that is just enough to handle multi-tasking and using different apps at the same time.
If you love watching movies and TV series, you will surely love this device. Aside from the bigger screen compared to your smartphone, the harman/cardon quad-speakers are pretty good and louder too. The sound is so crisp and is way better than most smartphones out there.
It also comes with a stylus which actually looks like a real pen. It is accurate and it works for what it is made for. Unfortunately, there’s nothing special about it like Bluetooth control or physical buttons for quick controls.
The 8MP rear and front cameras on the Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite are capable of taking decent photos in scenarios with good lighting but it suffers in low-light conditions. In short, smartphones are still a better choice if you are into taking pictures.
Here are our sample photos for your reference:
We think that the battery life of the Mediapad M5 Lite is just fair for a tablet. The 7,500 mAh battery is just enough to maintain an all-day power on a device with a 10-inch display. Movie marathon can last around 7-8 hours in full brightness and 100% volume, that is equivalent to 3-4 full-length movies. It also has a good standby battery management that only consumes less battery percentage when leaving the device on idle for long period of time.
The Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite is clearly for those who are looking for an alternative multimedia player with larger display and superb audio quality. It also has a very good audio reproduction thanks to harman/cardon. We can also recommend this for whole family use because of its very easy-to-use interface and durable build quality. It even has a dedicated section for kids that you can activate with a single click. For the price, we think that it’s a little bit pricey for what it can offer but it’s way more affordable compared to other premium tablets that are still available in the market.
So what do you think on the Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite? Do you think tablets like this are still relevant this 2019? Let us know your thoughts.
Huawei Mediapad M5 Lite Specs:
- 10.1-inch IPS display, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio
- Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0
- HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16 nm) Octa-core processor
- Mali-T830 MP2
- 64GB ROM, expandable up to 256GB
- 4GB RAM
- 8MP auto-focus rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- Fingerprint (front-mounted)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- accelerometer, proximity, compass
- USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- 7500 mAh battery
- Price: P18,990
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