Today at CES Huawei made a number of announcements. One of them is a new tablet called the Huawei MediaPad M2 10. It's a new tablet coming to the United States, with specs that sit somewhere in the mid range part of the tablet market. You can check out all of its specs in the chart below.

  Huawei MediaPad M2 10
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 930
2GHz 4x Cortex A53
1.5GHz 4x Cortex A53
RAM Silver: 2GB LPDDR3
Gold: 3GB LPDDR3
NAND Silver: 16GB + MicroSD
Gold: 64GB + MicroSD
Display 10" 1920x1200 IPS
Dimensions 239.8mm x 172.75mm x 7.35mm; 500g
Camera 13MP Rear Facing
5MP Front Facing
Battery 6600 mAh
OS Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1
Accessories Active stylus for gold model
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GNSS, Micro USB 2.0

The MediaPad M2 10 is actually one of the first Huawei tablets that I've seen coming to the North American market. On paper, it appears to be a tablet targeting the mid range segment of the market. Starting with the SoC, you get HiSilicon's Kirin 930, which consists of two quad core Cortex A53 clusters with peak frequencies of 2GHz and 1.5GHz respectively. It's paired with an ARM Mali-T628 GPU, and either 2GB or 3GB of LPDDR3 memory depending on whether you buy the silver or gold model.

Moving on to the display, the 1920x1200 IPS panel definitely isn't as high resolution as the panels shipping on high end tablets, but it's a lot better than the 1280x800 panels that used to ship on all the mid range tablets out there. Huawei has been a bit inconsistent with their calibration across their product lines, so I'm interested to see how the panel compares to the competition in that regard. Beyond the display, you get either 16GB or 64GB of storage, and a pair of 13MP and 5MP cameras.

As for the design of the MediaPad M2, it doesn't end up cutting any corners. It ships with a full aluminum unibody, and the industrial design is very similar to that of the Mate S. It isn't the thinnest or lightest tablet out there, with a thickness of 7.35mm or 500g, but for a mid range tablet the fact that it's made of aluminum already gives it an edge over other tablets.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10 will be available in silver and gold. The color choices also serve as a way to segment the devices, as the silver model comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of NAND, while the gold model comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of NAND. Both models will be available in the United States in the first quarter of this year, starting at $349 for the 2GB + 16GB WiFi model, and $419 for the 3GB + 64GB model which also includes the active stylus. Both models can have LTE support added on for $50.

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  • Flunk - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    I can see Apple suing them over this. It certainly looks more like an iPad than most Samsung Phones look like iPhones.
  • jordanclock - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    I think this looks incredibly similar to Samsung tablets, including the landscape oriented home button.
  • name99 - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Not even close. Apart from the rectangular home button, the layout is landscape for god's sake.
    This is the sort of knee-jerk "Apple uber alles" thinking that gives Apple supporters a bad name.
  • name99 - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    But if you're going to complain about the lockscreen, now you have case. I mean, damn, that looks like it was photoshopped from an iPad.
    I wonder what you see when you pull up the slider at the bottom of the screen.
  • jdrch - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Android 5.1? Is this some kind of sick joke?
  • jjj - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

  • savagemike - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    What's going on with Android hardware launching with old version of the OS? I can see it up to a point as it takes time to engineer this stuff. But come on... Enough already. If you are launching a new device without Android 6 on it at this point you can keep it as far as I'm concerned.
    I wonder if there is something about A6 requirements OEMs don't like as every new Android device I see says it will launch with 5 or 5.1.
    I'm not buying anything more without at least 6 on it. I like that new permissions model and I'm good enough and smart enough and pretty enough and I deserve it!
  • cygnus1 - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    good lord, the mock up looks a hell of a lot like iOS
  • hahmed330 - Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - link

    Buy a Shield K1 tablet much better value, faster and Marshmallow goodness for 200 dollars. It seriously is a no-brainer.
  • maxbox51 - Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - link

    The problem with the Shield K1 is that it only gives you a 16 Gb eMMC, much of which is consumed by the OS, with no way to expand your storage. If it had a microSDXC expansion port, it would indeed be a no-brainer; I consider the Shield crippled by this limitation.

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