Huawei’s got an extra-large tablet coming to U.S. shores sooner than later. The MediaPad M2 10.0, which also comes with a stylus, has been recently approved by the FCC and is Huawei’s largest tablet offering to American consumers.
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Gadget fiends who loved Huawei’s MediaPad M2 8.0 are going to love the next one in the company’s tablet lineup, the MediaPad M2 10.0.
Yes, it’s a whole 2 inches larger, and as they say, bigger is better. And that actually is true when it comes to media-centric tablets. The more screen space there is, the more room you have to watch your favorite Hollywood blockbusters.
Announced earlier this month at the CES in Las Vegas, Huawei’s latest tablet entry into the U.S. market finally got approved by the Federal Communications Commission. As a result, a U.S. launch of the device could drop as early as the first quarter of 2016.
Like every other device manufacturer nowadays, Huawei has all caught up to Apple in the design department – the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is made out of metal, too. The tablet follows the same high-end design language of the Nexus 6P, itself a well-made device.
The MediaPad M2 10.0 gets even fancier with four Harman Kardon speakers at each corner of the device. Though we wish the speakers were front-facing instead (since it’s easy to cup and cover two of the bottom speakers when holding it in the hands), since they’re driven by a Clari-fi Audio Restoration and SWS 2.0 Surround Sound, they do sound pretty sweet to the ears.
Taking another bite out of Apple’s tablet playbook, Huawei is also including a stylus in the package. Of course, the stylus can be used to navigate the device’s UI. A cool feature turns handwriting input into text without much of a noticeable delay.
Unfortunately, Huawei’s stylus seems more of an afterthought instead of a well-integrated means of input alongside the tablet.
The cheapest variant of the MediaPad M2 10.0 comes equipped with a paltry 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. Users wouldn’t want to be downloading too many movies or even be using too many apps at one time on the standard model.
While we’re not avid supporters of people taking photos with their huge tablets, this one does offer a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel selfie cam. Finally, regardless of model, the tablet will be powered by an eight-core Kirin 930 chipset.
Expect the entry level MediaPad M2 10.0 to start at $349 and up to $469 for the cream-of-the-crop 64 GB model that also comes bundled with the M-Pen.