Huawei has quietly launched a new tablet called the Mediapad M5 Lite. The new tablet features an aluminium unibody build and sports a quad-speaker setup. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It also sports a display aspect ratio of 16:10. Powering the device is a mid-range Kirin 659 SoC.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite is available in two variants. One with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The tablet packs a 7500mAh battery and Huawei notes that it supports the company’s M-Pen lite stylus. However, the availability of the stylus with the tablet will vary depending on the region. The MediaPad M5 Lite runs on EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android Oreo v8.0.
Huawei has given the MediaPad M5 lite a metal case with a small decorative seam on the back. The top and bottom edges of the tablet have a lot of holes for the four speakers, as well as additional openings for the microphone along the top. This means that there is a row of holes all along the top of the device. The main camera is positioned on the back and stands out by about 2 mm. The fingerprint reader is placed below the display and is noticeable, despite its seamless finish, by the small indentation it makes in the otherwise flat surface.
The buttons are positioned on the left side of the tablet and are also made of metal but are a little loose. The same can be said for the SIM/SD-card slot, which can be found on the right side of the MediaPad M5 lite. Compared to other tablets of this price range, the MediaPad M5 lite is very light and rather small.