When it comes to audio, most tablets are inadequate. After all, have you ever tried playing an iPad on the train, in an airport lounge, or at a table in a crowded cafe? The unfortunate reality is that most tablets on the market have speakers that are weak and underpowered. This has helped the portable Bluetooth speaker market boom, but it’s not the most convenient experience for the tablet user. Fortunately, Huawei is trying to turn things around and make integrated tablet audio better by using Harman Kardon speakers in the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0.
The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 speaker system is Harman Kardon almost all the way down the line. They’ve used two drivers for midrange and high notes and two bass radiators on the bottom — four speaker units in all, which is way more than we’re used to seeing on a tablet. The M2 10.0 also uses Harman’s Clari-Fi technology, which restores the audio quality of compressed digital music. And, Huawei has a little of their own input with their SWS 2.0 technology, which does its best to approximate surround sound.
So how does it actually sound? The MediaPad M2 10.0 has the loudest audio we’ve ever heard come out of a tablet of this size. The audio sounds richer and more immersive than the audio we’re used to hearing from other tablets. In comparison to the iPad Air, 2 the MediaPad M2 10.0 is able to get much louder and offers more body — so much so that on loud volumes, the tablet vibrates a little. The speakers in the M2 10.0 are still not at all a replacement for a good pair of headphones or a solid portable Bluetooth speaker, but overall they are a significant upgrade over what you’ll find in other competing tablets.
When it comes to design, the MediaPad M2 10.0 greatly resembles Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series. It even sports a nearly identically shaped fingerprint reader. Its metallic unibody chassis is quite thin too, measuring 7.35 mm, and it feels super sturdy and well built. Weighing in at 500g, it’ s a bit heftier than the latest iPad Air. The tablet also comes in a choice of Luxurious Gold or Moonlight Silver. Overall, it’s an attractive tablet but not a unique one.
The 1920 x 1200 IPS FHD display on the MediaPad M2 is a solid one. It’s bright with good color production. That said, it’s nothing to write home about when you compare it to the likes of Apple’s Retina display or the display on the Microsoft Surface.
The MediaPad M2 10.0 runs on a HiSilicon Kirin 930 processor with 3 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the unit that that we tested was not a final tablet for the U.S. market, and as a result we could not run benchmark software and other apps from Google Play. That said, performance seemed pretty good overall.
The tablet packs in a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 large-diaphragm lens and a 5 MP front camera, which has an 88-degree ultra-wide angle lens that is great for video calling. Overall, the tablet’s cameras are quite good for what we’re used to getting on a tablet.
The fingerprint reader works quite well, and has proved to be more reliable than the fingerprint reader we have tested tested on Samsung’s Android tablets. The M2 10.0 also has a stylus with 2048-level pressure sensitivity.
When it comes to apps, the tablet comes preloaded with a healthy selection of apps, including Huawei cloud+, Kids Corner (basically a parental control app), WPS office, Bamboo paper (handwriting using the stylus), and some useful tools including a mirror app, a flashlight app, and a file management app.