The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite is a new tablet aimed at families. It's got features like Kid's Corner, which is a customized environment for children where parents can set time limits, control access to content, and use the fingerprint reader to create user profiles. Huawei has also included a Distance sensor to keep kids from putting their eyes too close to the tablet and a Posture Detect sensor that'll identify when the device is being viewed at a lying angle and provide posture guidance.
When it comes to raw specs, the MediaPad M5 Lite offers a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, octa-core Kirin 659 processor, and 3GB of RAM. There's 32GB of storage built in to the device as well as a microSD card slot that'll let you add up to 256GB of additional storage. A 7500mAh battery powers the MediaPad M5 Lite, and Huawei has included its QuickCharge tech so you can refill that battery in a hurry.
There are 8MP front and rear cameras on the MediaPad M5 Lite for taking photos or conducting video calls, and Huawei has thrown in four speakers that've been co-engineered with Harman Kardon to help give the device a better entertainment experience. And all of those features are built into a metal unibody design to give the device a more premium feel.
One other big feature of the MediaPad M5 Lite is its bundled stylus. The M-Pen lite stylus has a metal body and 2,048 layers of pressure sensitivity, and Huawei has aded a clip to help you store the pen when not in use.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite will launch in the U.S. in late January for $299. It'll come preloaded with Android 8.0 Oreo along with Huawei's custom EMUI 8.0 user interface.
It's nice to see another Android tablet coming to market for folks that prefer that operating system over iOS on Apple's iPad. And with its 10.1-inch screen, quad speakers, metal unibody design, and included stylus, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite could be a nice option for folks in the market for an affordable tablet. The good news is that it should be on digital shelves later this month, so if you're interested in Huawei's new slate, you won't have to wait long to get one in your hands.