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Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 tablet: Review & Specs

Huawei is known for the bulk of domestic consumers as a manufacturer 3G-modem, experts are well aware of it as a supplier of network equipment for mobile communication, but in the product portfolio of the company and there are some very interesting decisions in such popular consumer segments, such as smartphones and tablets and here is the best example Huawei MediaPad FHD 10. This is an Android-tablet based on a powerful quad-core platform HiSilicon K3V2 and equipped with high-quality IPS-display with Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels.

Huawei MediaPad FHD 10

Design, ergonomics Huawei MediaPad FHD 10

 

When we first met the tablet Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 we were pleasantly surprised, both externally and in terms of tactile sensations. From a solid 10-inch device just did not expect such a small weight and thickness, because the combination of 580 grams and 8.8 mm, which is less than the Google Nexus 10 and Apple iPad 4 and only the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity bypasses the hero of our review in thickness (but not in weight). The front panel has traditionally minimalist tablet than a 10-inch screen you can find just a brand name and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

 

 

Despite the minimum thickness, the housing of tablet Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 is different enviable rigidity that is worth to thank the metal back panel. Most of it, as well as cabinet side are in the form of a single piece of aluminium with natural matte silver. Only the upper “back” part of the box contains a frosted white plastic, at the center located the lens of 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. It is carrying all standards Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G. Outwardly, this element is very much like a design decision that was used in the tablet HTC Flyer, the same even rounded shape and distinctive ring around the camera lens. Directly below it is possible to find two speakers, hidden away under the perforated back panel.

Huawei MediaPad FHD 10

 

All controls and connectors are located on the side of the tablet Huawei MediaPad FHD 10. The top of the microphone and handed a plastic cover under which the hidden slots for SIM-cards and memory cards MicroSD. Such an option looks much more aesthetically pleasing than a pair of separate caps breaking visual integrity of the sidewall. At the top of the left side you can find the power button and volume rocker on the contrary – a standard audio output. The buttons are different, has sharp edges that make them easy to find by touch. Finally on the bottom placed a proprietary 30-pin connector and a pair of holes for fixing the optional docking station with a hardware keyboard and full-size port USB host.

 

As a result, the level of study design and quality of execution Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 can give odds to many tablets from the more famous and popular brands.

Hardware and software platform of Huawei MediaPad FHD 10:

 

The recipe for a good tablet is very simple – just take a quality screen, productive platform with long battery life, and to complete this set the current version of the OS. However, the apparent simplicity lies a number of problems, for example, it is difficult to find the optimal balance between the capacity of the internal battery (and therefore the total autonomy) and weight / thickness of the tablet, as well as provide an attractive price at a high level of equipment unit.

 

 

Model Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 is equipped with high-quality 10-inch IPS-matrix with Full HD-resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels. As the hardware platform used quad-core system-on-chip K3V2 (Hi3620), once developed a division of Huawei, and now a separate company HiSilicon. This SoC includes four ARM-core Cortex-A9, 16 graphics cores and 64-bit memory controller, the operating frequency can be from 1.2 to 1.5 GHz. System performance in synthetic benchmarks is quite high, but in real life, with the high resolution and the processor is not the most common, some applications would seem as problems (in particular, some games simply would not start). Of battery capacity 6600 mAh tablet capable to work for 8 hours in a mixed mode (browsing, watching videos, games).

 
Please note that the tablet is available in two basic models: S10-101w “only-Wi-Fi” and S10-101u with 3G-modem (LTE Cat4, DC-HSPA +), powerful configuration comes with a 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM officially available only in Asia, if you want you can try to order it yourself.

 

Tablet Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 is running on Android OS 4.0.4, with augmented proprietary software shell from Huawei. Interface is so markedly different from the standard. At the stage of unlock screen you will see not only time, but also calendar events, and selecting the desired direction swap beyond the “Ring” will go to message mode, the camera or gallery. But the biggest surprise is the “lack of” control panel, you can hide and get back swap from the bottom of the screen, just as it is done in Modern UI of Windows 8. After that it is not too surprising lack of application partition – icons of the installed programs just appear on the desktop, where they were encouraged to organize into groups and folders.

 

In general, the software of the tablet Huawei MediaPad FHD 10, we liked the interface, though not too familiar, but it is optimized for the high resolution and looks great. Interestingly, when connected to a PC, tablet is not defined as external storage media for content delivery have to use proprietary software HiSuite, which is quite unusual for Android-tablet.

Huawei MediaPad FHD 10

Results of Huawei MediaPad FHD 10:

Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 – 10-inch Android-tablet, made in a thin and lightweight aluminium body, equipped with a high-quality IPS-matrix with Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels and is based on a bunch of quad-core HiSilicon K3V2 and Android OS 4.0. The main competitors in the domestic market models are the Acer Iconia Tab A700 and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, with the final choice is not so simple – the solution from Acer is much cheaper, and the model from ASUS are readily available in almost any configuration, including the kit with a docking station .

 

Pros:
+ thin and lightweight aluminium body
+ high-quality IPS-display with a resolution of Full HD
+ quad productive platform
+ availability of slots for memory cards MicroSD
+ original proprietary interface

 

Cons:
– the need to use proprietary software for PC
– problems with optimization applications for permission and SoC tablet
– Official dock is not available

 

This was all about the Huawei MediaPad FHD 10 tablet which is really competitive and belongs to high end tablet section of market.