Huawei to Soon Launch New Tablets in India Amid US Ban, MediaPad T5 Most Likely to Debut


A popular tipster, Ishan Agarwal, has revealed it through a tweet that Huawei might soon enter the tablet market in India. Ishan has posted a few pictures of an alleged Huawei tablet, which he claims to be the first tablet that Huawei will launch in the country. The tablet in the pictures looks exactly the same to the MediaPad T5, which is currently on sale in a few markets, including China and Europe. Ishan hasn’t revealed the launch date for the tablet or its India pricing. That being said, we do know the specifications of the MediaPad T5. Let us have a look.

Huawei MediaPad T5 Specifications

The Huawei MediaPad T5 comes with a 10.1-inch IPS LCD that has a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1200). Bezels around the display are not quite as thin as that on the newer Apple iPads, but they are smaller than what you find in most other Android tablets.

Powering the MediaPad T5 is the Kirin 659 SoC; it has an octa-core CPU and Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. This SoC isn’t as powerful as some of the chipsets you see in entry-level smartphones nowadays, such as Snapdragon 636, Snapdragon 660, or Snapdragon 675. Due to the weak CPU and GPU performance, most heavy games such as PUB-G and Asphalt 9 might not run on the tablet properly.

In most markets the MediaPad T5 comes in two memory configurations – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. Considering that the MediaPad T5 will mostly be used for media consumption; its internal storage capacity is quite low. That being said, it has a dedicated microSD card slot. Software is another area where the MediaPad T5 disappoints, as it comes with the outdated, Android 8.0 Oreo OS, instead of the Android 9 Pie that most of the devices nowadays ship with.

The MediaPad T5 has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The tablet packs a 5100mAh battery and supports 10W charging. In terms of connectivity, the tablet has cellular connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

What Might the MediaPad T5 Cost in India?

In the UK, the 2GB + 16GB variant of the MediaPad T5 costs £139.99, which converts to around INR 12,000. Whereas, the 3GB + 32GB variant costs £169.99, which comes to around INR 15,000. I think the MediaPad T5 might cost the same in India. If Huawei prices the tablet any higher, then I don’t think not many people would buy it.