- 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 tablet Mediapad m6 pro 10.8 “. A tablet for creating and consuming content that is excellent in 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 their 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 Huawei tablet 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 in a work environment.
Of course, the power does not do much if the software does not work. Unfortunately, this tablet has been peppered by 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 be present in a few weeks. Of course, it also affects the Huawei tablet MediaPad M6. Then we will tell you about our experience on a tablet without these Google apps.
Throughout the following paragraphs, we will tell you the good. And the bad of the tablet in our analysis of the Huawei tablet MediaPad M6 10.8 “. But before we leave you the table of technical characteristics.
Huawei MediaPad M6 Pro Specifications
|Screen|| 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 and connection three-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 Tablet 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 Huawei tablet
As always, we start the analysis of the Huawei MediaPad M6 pro, talking about the design. However, as soon as we take the tablet out of the box, we notice that we face something of quality. The chassis is constructed of matte aluminum with a bluish finish that fits you well.
Despite being 25.7 cm wide, the hands feel very light. Although it weighs about 500 grams, it is only 7.2 millimeters thick. Therefore, taking both with one hand is comfortable, which is appreciated when consuming content.
Suppose 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 ). The video call camera and a notification LED on the side top. And a fingerprint reader in the right frame (if we have the tablet ).
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 press by the thumb. Also found in that part is the USB Type-C charging connector. That annoys us 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 microSD memory, it appreciates the truth.
If we turn the tablet around, we find the camera module. That protrudes from the body, and the Huawei logo (again) is in the central part. It is a tablet that feels very premium. And it shows that it was created for a user who seeks the best to enjoy the content. And to work. We have not tested it with more hardware. Still, the MediaPad M6 has stylish, and the possibility of adding a keyboard case anchor by magnets to the bottom where we have a three-pin connector dedicated to such a function.
Panoramic format: suitable for consuming content but not so much for working
As for design, no drawback, and the truth is that we have no complaints whatsoever about 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 and color render excellent, and we have found no light leaks. Of course, blacks aren’t as deep as OLEDs, but having such a panel is logical.
EMUI 10 includes some color setting options, but it’s not too advanced (as we see on IPS p). 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 changes the screen’s tone. Depending on the source of natural/artificial light and the time of day.
The resolution is also thriving. We may think it is scarce if we keep the data at 280 pixels per inch. But the truth is that the 2,560 x 1,600 pixels in its 10.8 “are more than enough. Of course, it is not enough to see the pixel. But 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 only for work. And so 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 have been included in a seven-millimeter-thick tablet. We have four microphones on the top if you use the tablet for video calls. 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 it will introduce them to its mid-range and high-end products.
We have the Kirin 980, a chip that does not need presentation and performs excellently. Something that we have seen in several phones throughout 2019. Such as the Huawei P30 Pro, which does not mess with any content. This chip is accompanied by 4 GB of LPDDR4x memory; it is “little.” Considering that we are on Android and that mobiles have more RAM, day by day, we have not missed more.
Suppose 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 an absolute beast in computing processes in the CPU. Although somewhat less in the GPU.
Beyond the numbers, which 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 levels, 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 most excellent way. And the one that comes standard to save battery. Be careful; in the GPU Turbo and desktop mode, AnTuTu closes every time we want to test. So, there is no measurement (it happens with many apps. APK and the Play Store install both). 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 Android 10.
Huawei Tablet 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 we do not have the Google applications installed (YouTube, Gmail, Photos, etc.). But we also do not have the Play Store, which is a big word.
Gesture navigation works smoothly.
To analyze the MediaPad M6, we have decided to bet on the first experience. Everyone will find the one when they take the device out of the box. And although installing Android is simple (for an advanced user), we did not get into that.
Two-day battery for heavy use, but the charging port is not very comfortable.
Something that Huawei has behaved very well in recent years is the storm. The MediaPad M6 is powered by a 7,500 mAh fast-charging battery with the company’s “universal” charger, the 22.5W.
We have reached the end of the second day of heavy use in tests. That translates to editing text and photos, playing games, and consuming video content. That is, replacing the laptop with this tablet to work; this means we have two days.
If there are cameras, they are 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 tablets to the soccer field; I do not know why. Take photos with it instead of with the mobile, but it is normal for them to use 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. Unfortunately, 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 Tablet MediaPad m6 Pro Camera:
It is a camera to get out of trouble or send an image through social networks, but for little else. But, of course, it’s better to have it than not to have it.
Political decisions weighed down a great Huawei tablet.
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 work with it. The design is robust, elegant, and premium. The screen is ideal for consuming content for those who want to create content in a panoramic format. The speakers are spectacular, and the Kirin 980 pays off for 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 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.