The MediaPad T5 10 is the successor to the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 (test report) from last year. In comparison, the internal hardware and display have improved significantly. Well, let’s start with the Huawei MediaPad t5 10 review.
Design and workmanship
As with the T3 10, the back is mainly made of aluminum. At the top, however, there is a plastic cover for the antennas and half of the frame is also made of plastic. Huawei offers the tablet in black and champagne gold.
At 7.8mm, it is not the thinnest device, but considering the price, that’s okay. The weight is also light enough at 460g. The metal back makes it feel valuable, but not quite as high-quality as an iPad. It definitely seems to be built to be stable.
It is charged via a microUSB connection, so there is no USB C port. With an adapter you can also connect hard drives and other accessories to the MicroUSB port. There is also a headphone jack and a microSD card slot.
Speakers and cameras
There are two loudspeakers at the bottom. The position is not really ideal, because if you are lying on the sofa or bed and the MediaPad T5 10 is supported on your stomach, they are quickly covered. But well, you can turn it around. In any case, the quality of the speakers is okay. I could use it to watch YouTube and listen to some music. Sure, there are better ones, but you usually have to invest more money to do so.
The main camera on the back has a resolution of 5 megapixels and there is a 2 megapixel front camera at the front. Neither camera is really good, because photos and videos are a bit vague even in good lighting conditions. Well, they can be used for video chats, but as I said, they are not really good.
Huawei has significantly improved the display compared to the MediaPad T3 10. The Huawei MediaPad T5 10 now has a 10.1-inch FullHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The pixel density is not as high as with premium tablets, but in my opinion FullHD is 10 inches high enough. If you look closely, you can see pixels, but if you hold it in front of you, texts and icons look sharp.
It’s an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. The screen is also laminated. So there is no noticeable gap between the touchscreen and the IPS panel. The brightness is also solid; it is in the average midfield. The contrast and color rendering are also good.
Hardware and performance
At the heart is a HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor, which comes from Huawei itself. This is a quad-core chip with eight Cortex-A53 cores that clock at 1.7GHz to 2.36GHz. In Germany there is also 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal flash memory. Sometimes a model with only 2GB RAM and 16GB storage is offered.
With the 32GB version, just over 22GB can be occupied by the user ex works. The system needs the rest.
The performance of the Kirin 659 with the 3GB RAM is sufficient for almost all tasks and this is also shown by my benchmark tests. The Huawei MediaPad T5 10 achieved a result of around 960 and 3700 points in Geekbench 4. AnTuTu 7 scores over 86,000 points. This makes the tablet significantly faster than its predecessor, but also faster than most tablets that cost between 200 and 300 euros last year.