Is a tablet economic, mid-range, ideal for kids and the whole family.
In recent months, Huawei has surprised us with their outstanding phones, the Mate 20 and Matt 20 Pro. Both have a screen aesthetics, an excellent processor, and a camera second to none, however, have a small problem: not are available in the united States. Fortunately, at CES 2019 , we learned that not all devices from Huawei have this drawback of availability.
Recently, he came to our office of Digital Trends in Spanish the new tablet Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite, which not only is available in the U.S., but it also has interesting qualities and a price that is quite affordable. The big question is what will be worth to buy it?
To help you answer that question, we have decided to try for several days this tablet and tell you how much you should be.
Thin and delicate as a tablet expensive
The MediaPad M5 Lite is lighter and more delicate than we imagined. It weighs in at just 475 grams (less than half a kilo) and has a thin design. The front is covered with curved glass and although it has some bezels are thicker, if compared with the latest iPad Pro, are quite uniform.
On the bezel bottom, you’ll find a fingerprint sensor (when held in landscape mode) that will allow you to unlock the screen as on the phone. It also has physical buttons for volume and power on the right edge.
At the opposite end, the tablet has the headphone jack and a USB charging port-C.
The back of the tablet is made from grey metal, it has the logo of Huawei, an 8-megapixel camera and curved edges, which makes it very comfortable to the touch and prevents slipping with ease, even in portrait orientation.
The size of this tablet is quite suitable for take it with a single hand. Account with a screen IPS Full HD 10.1-inch resolution (1,920 x 1,200) and even though it is not OLED, we must admit that we found that offers great brightness, sharpness and vibrant colours, despite the fact that the external conditions are not the most appropriate.
The MediaPad M5 Lite is lighter and more delicate than we imagined.
Great qualities to enjoy with the little house
The quality that makes it special to the MediaPad M5 Lite has to do with the fingerprint sensor. Although this resource is available in dozens of phones, this tablet also allows you to add fingerprints not only of adults but also of children. When a child scans their fingerprint, will be enabled on the tablet by the user especially for the little kids, called “a Corner of the child”. Without a doubt, is a quality that is very good that will allow parents to be reassured when their children take a stroll around the tablet, while not the throw them against the ground and break, of course.
There is No way to leave this closed session without entering an access code, therefore, unless your children be detectives and find out, can’t download malicious apps, access to sites that are incomplete, or spend hundreds of dollars on the Google Play Store.
Parents can add applications manually to the Corner of the children, so that they can make sure to fill them up with educational apps, games, or books. There is also a way to add time limits to the applications, to ensure that children do not spend too much time in front of the screen.
Some other interesting features include a distance sensor, which encourages the person using the tablet away a little more of the screen (more than 9.8 inches) and a sensor detection position, which ensures that you are seated in an upright position.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite works with the processor Kirin 659 of the company, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. But, in addition, has a slot to put a MicroSD card available you in case you need more space.
The truth is that in our tests it worked pretty well, although we must admit that it was a bit slow to open certain heavy-duty applications, games, or react to what we indicated with the M-Pen, but it was not something that surprised us, taking into account that does not have a processor of high-end. However, to make daily tasks it works quite well and takes us out of trouble.
This tablet is running Android 8.0 Oreo with the skin of Huawei EMUI 8, which causes the user interface is not as fast, nor as easy to use as the latest Android version of EMUI 9 of Huawei, but still manageable.
To make everyday tasks works quite well and takes us out of trouble.
If you need a tablet for your kids to watch movies, series or play some simple games, it is a good option. However, it is not so powerful to supplant a laptop.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite has built-in four speakers (two on top and two on the bottom), in collaboration with Harmon Kardon. To test it, it seemed to us that sounds a good enough sound to come from a tablet, with the bass and treble is quite clear, that does not deform, or with the highest volume. Really we were surprised with the audio that comes out of this tablet so thin.
In case outside little, has a battery 7500 mAh, which according to Huawei is able to withstand 13 hours of video playback. In our tests, though it doesn’t last as much as it expresses the manufacturer, we do not complain, as it was able to hold between 10 to 11 hours of continuous activity, without stopping.
M-Pen Lite with style
The MediaPad M5 Lite comes with a stylus called the M-Pen Lite. It is thin enough to look like a pen normal, and use it on the tablet is quite comfortable. It is worth noting that it also comes with a clip attached so that you can save it in your pocket, though in truth, we were delighted that the tablet had a special space to place it close to her.
This pen has 2,048 layers of pressure sensitivity, and it feels pretty natural. However, when testing, we noticed that with some applications it does not react as fast as we are used to seeing from the pen of other manufacturers.
For example, when instead of typing with the touch keyboard, we wanted to do it with the M-Pen, sometimes the tablet will cost a few seconds to read the letters that we were trying to write. This definitely is not so bad, especially if it is used by children, but we must admit that at times it was frustrating.
Price and availability
The tablet Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite costs $299 dollars and will be available on Amazon and Newegg as of February 6, 2019.
We believe that the greatest weakness of the MediaPad M5 Lite is that almost matches the price of the iPad $330 dollars, but it is not as powerful as the Apple tablet. However, the MediaPad M5 Lite has several functions suitable for the family as well useful, aesthetic design and a battery that is very durable that you cannot find in other devices of this type.
Definitely, it all depends on your tastes and the use you want to give the tablet, but if you’re looking to replace your laptop is not your best option. However, it can become your best ally if you need a tablet economic, mid-range, good for children and you can use the whole family.
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