- Screen and its format
- Resounding sound
- Desktop mode and power
- Thick frames
- Protruding camera module
- HMS is still green, and apps are missing
- Without Google services
What is life like with an Android tablet without Google services? Next, we leave you our analysis of the Huawei Mediapad m6 pro 10.8 “. A tablet for creating and consuming content that is excellent in practically all aspects. But lacks something fundamental: software that allows us to squeeze your circuits.
If we talk about tablets, the iPad is the reference, and although many companies have given in to its hegemony. Some still resist launching tablets both to consume content and to create them.
Samsung is one of them, with the Galaxy Tab S6 in its catalog. And the other is a Huawei that has the MediaPad M6 as its main alternative to the iPad Pro. It is a tablet with advanced features that allows you to enjoy content consumption at a higher level. But it also performs excellently in a work environment.
Of course, the power does not do much if the software does not accompany it. This tablet has peppered by the controversy between China and the United States. This trade war has caused the latest devices of the Chinese company not to have Android with the services of Google.
It is something that has affected terminals such as the Mate 30. And that will also harm the Huawei P40 that will present in a few weeks. Of course, it also affects the MediaPad M6. Then we are going to tell you about our experience on a tablet without these Google apps.
Throughout the next paragraphs, we will tell you the good and the bad of the tablet in our analysis of the Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 “. But before we leave you the table of technical characteristics.
Huawei MediaPad M6 Pro Specifications
IPS de 10.8″|
Resolution 2.560 x 1.600
280 pixels per inch
aspect ratio 16:10
77,4% of the front screen
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4x|
Expandable via microSD
|Dimensions and weight||
257 x 170 x 7,2 mm|
|Ports and Connections||
USB Type-C port
3 pin connector
for case / keyboard|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Principal: 13 Mpx
Frontal: 8 Mpx
|Operating System||Android 10 operating system without Google services EMUI 10 with Huawei services|
|Extras||keyboard – not included M-pen – not included|
Analysis of Huawei MediaPad M6 Pro by sections:
- Flawless design, but very well finished
- Widescreen IPS QHD display
- Four speakers for resounding stereo sound
- Power to spare to move massive games and apps
- Android 10 without Google services, the Achilles heel
- Good battery with 7,500 mAh for two days of use
- Camera performance
- Conclusion: no matter how good the hardware is.
Aluminum finish for a surprisingly lightweight tablet
We start the analysis of the Huawei MediaPad M6 pro as always, talking about the design. As soon as we take the tablet out of the box, we notice that we are facing something of quality. The chassis constructed of aluminum, a matte aluminum with a bluish finish that fits you well.
In the hands, despite being 25.7 cm wide, it feels very light since, although it weighs about 500 grams, it is only 7.2 millimeters thick. It is comfortable to take it both vertically and horizontally with one hand, and that is appreciated when consuming content.
If we break down the different angles of the tablet, we find an elegant front in black in which we find the Huawei logo at the bottom (taking the pill horizontally). The camera for video calls along with a notification LED on the side top and a fingerprint reader in the right frame (if we have the tablet horizontally).
The truth is that these frames are somewhat thick, with a size of 12 millimeters, but it serves to support the thumbs without pressing the screen.
All controls (volume up / down, as well as lock the tablet) are on the right side to be pressed by the thumb. Also found in that part is the USB Type-C charging connector, which annoys when we are charging the tablet and want to watch a movie or play. On the left side, we have the SIM slot (because we can have a SIM) and the memory card. In this sense, Huawei has forgotten its proprietary NM format so that we can introduce any type of microSD memory. It is appreciated the truth.
If we turn the tablet around, we find the camera module that protrudes from the body and the Huawei logo (again) in the central part. It is a tablet that feels very premium, and it shows that it created for a type of user who seeks the best both to enjoy the content. And to work. We have not tested it with additional hardware. Still, the MediaPad M6 has a Huawei stylus and the possibility of adding a keyboard case that is anchored by magnets to the bottom, where we have a three-pin connector dedicated to such a function.
Panoramic format: right for consuming content, but not so much for working
As for design, no drawback, and the truth is that we have no complaints whatsoever regarding the chosen panel. Huawei has opted for an IPS LCD panel. Yes, it is not an OLED panel, which always has that plus compared to IPS due to the depth of the blacks, but the truth is that a well-calibrated IPS panel is fantastic for viewing and creating content. And, in this case, they have complied.
The viewing angles are excellent, also color rendering, and we have found no light leaks. Blacks aren’t as deep as an OLED’s, but it’s kind of logical having such a panel.
EMUI 10 includes some color setting options, but it’s not too advanced (as we are used to seeing on IPS panels, on the other hand). We have a “normal” and a “live” mode, the latter being the most recommended. Also, we have the night mode and a reading mode that slightly changes the tone of the screen, depending on the source of natural/artificial light we have and the time of day.
The resolution is also thriving. If we keep the data of 280 pixels per inch, we may think that it is scarce, but the truth is that the 2,560 x 1,600 pixels in its 10.8 “are more than enough. It is not enough to see the pixel. They are more than enough when we are in desktop mode.
It is something very personal, but in this sense, I find the 4: 3 format or even the 3: 2 of Surface more comfortable than 16:10 or 16: 9. Of course, I understand that it is not a product exclusively for work and, therefore, Huawei has opted for the middle way: panoramic, but not much, to watch the video and high, but not too much, to work.
Sound with a punch: four surprisingly sharp speakers
Where there are no doubts, no ‘buts,’ it is when it comes to sound. In short, it is incredible that speakers (signed by Harman Kardon) have been included in a seven-millimeter-thick tablet with so much punch throughout the spectrum. If you are using the tablet for video calls, we have four microphones on the top, one more example of the effort of the Chinese company to offer excellent audio both in and out.
Kirin 980 and 4GB of RAM to move massive games and applications without messing up
If with other companies we can have doubts, with Huawei no. The Chinese company manufactures its own SoC (System on Chip), and that means that they are going to introduce them to its mid-range and high-end products.
We have the Kirin 980, a chip that does not need presentation, and that performs great, something that we have seen in several phones throughout 2019, such as the Huawei P30 Pro, and that does not mess with any type of content. This chip accompanied by 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory; yes, it is “little,” considering that we are on Android and that mobiles have more RAM, but day by day, we have not missed more.
If you are looking for an alternative in Android to the iPad to work, we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 and the MediaPad M6 Pro from Huawei. One has Snapdragon 855 as a processor and the other the Kirin 980,
The Kirin 980 shows that it is still a real beast when it comes to computing processes in the CPU, although somewhat less in the GPU.
Beyond the numbers, which, well, are nothing more than that, we have a very solvent tablet with which we can do everything. Heavy apps don’t resist, and neither do games.
The Kirin 980 is excellent at the CPU and GPU level, and if we want to squeeze the SoC a little more, we can activate the GPU Turbo mode. Next, we leave you a comparative table between the maximum way and the one that comes standard to save battery. Be careful, in the GPU Turbo and desktop mode, AnTuTu closes unexpectedly every time we want to test. Therefore, there is no measurement (it is something that happens with many apps. Both installed by APK and by the Play Store). What you can see above is the speed table of the internal memory.
Android 10, EMUI 10 and desktop mode, but without the GMS
And we come to the controversial section of the analysis of the Huawei MediaPad M6. As we said a few paragraphs ago, we do not have Google Mobile Services, but we do have Android 10.
Huawei MediaPad M6 Pro review
That is, we have the latest version of the Google operating system, with the latest security patches, but we do not have Google services. That means not only that we do not have the Google applications installed (YouTube, Gmail, Photos, etc.), but we also do not have the Play Store, and this is a big word.
Gesture navigation works smoothly
To analyze the MediaPad M6, we have decided to bet on the first experience, the one that everyone will find when they take the device out of the box, and although installing Android is relatively simple (for an advanced user), we did not we’ve gotten into that.
Two-day battery for heavy use, but charging port not very comfortable
Something that Huawei has behaved very well in recent years is in the battery. The MediaPad M6 powered by a 7,500 mAh fast-charging battery with the company’s “universal” charger, the 22.5W.
In tests, we have managed to reach the end of the second day of heavy use. That translates to editing text, editing photos, playing games, and consuming video content. That is, replacing the laptop with this tablet to work, this means we have for two days.
If there are cameras, they tested (even if they are on a tablet)
The cameras on a tablet are something that has to be. But we are not going to use it as active on the phone.
Yes, we see people taking the tablet to the soccer field for, I do not know why, take photos with it instead of with the mobile, but it is normal for them to be used for when we are at home, and we want to immortalize/send something. Or we have no choice.
We have a 13-megapixel primary camera with HDR, full mode, and LED flash. The noise level in this camera is considerable, and although it focuses well (and fast), the truth is that it is what it is.
Here are a few examples from the Huawei MediaPad m6 Pro Camera:
It is a camera to get out of trouble or send an image through social networks, but for little else. Of course, better to have it than not to have it, of course.
A great tablet weighed down by political decisions.
We come to the end of the analysis of the Huawei MediaPad M6 with a clear conclusion: it does not matter what hardware you have if the software does not accompany it. The design is robust, elegant and premium, the screen is ideal for consuming content and enjoyable for those who want to create content in panoramic format, the speakers are spectacular, and the Kirin 980 pays off to all users.
App Gallery is very green, and dozens of applications are missing that we use daily. It is a significant handicap not to have the Google Play Store to download new apps, and the truth is that, even if you are not installing/uninstalling apps like on mobile all day, I miss that convenience.
We have already told you that we can install an unofficial version of the GMS, but it is not for everyone … or something safe, so installing this “ROM “and the APK is at the user’s risk and expense, and not all applications work. Or they do as they should.