The small screen tablet arena has a new player. Meet Huawei's MediaPad M2: an 8-inch Android-powered tablet.
Huawei quietly displayed the MediaPad M2 – which is the successor of the MediaPad M1 – at a pop-up boutique in Paris.
The MediaPad M2 is quite sleek at 7.8mm and just 10.9 ounces, making it lighter and thinner than the MediaPad M1. The tablet sports an 8-inch Full HD screen with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, which is an improvement on the previous iteration's 1280x800-pixel resolution. Under the hood, the Android tablet houses an octa-core Kirin 930 processor, which is clocked at 1.2GHz.
The MediaPad M2 also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory. The tablet has a microSD card slot, which allows you to expand the memory even further. The supported capacity is not yet known, but it is expected to be at least 32GB like the MediaPad M1.
The latest tablet from Huawei also touts a decent 8MP rear-facing snapper with LED flash, which improves on the MediaPad M1's 5MP primary camera. Selfie lovers can also look forward to a 2MP front-facing camera, which improves upon the older version's 1MP. While the megapixels on the secondary camera may not be that great, it should serve the purpose for those looking to video chat.
Just like the previous iteration of the tablet, the MediaPad M2 also packs in the massive 4800mAh battery. The hours of usage supported, however, is not known. It is expected that the battery will offer support for reversible charging just like its predecessor, the MediaPad M1.
The MediaPad M2 will come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and have the company's Emotion UI 3.1 running on top. The tablet also supports 4G LTE.
The MediaPad M2 is set to go on sale in early June. The tablet will be available in three hues: Gold, Gray and Silver.
The Wi-Fi variant of the MediaPad M2 is expected to cost €279 (approximately $313). The Wi-Fi and LTE model will likely be priced around the €349 mark (approximately $392).