Huawei is making one thing very clear at CES this year: security is a priority.
After masterfully crafting the fingerprint-equipped Nexus 6P for Google last year, the Chinese electronics company is bringing the security feature to its new midrange GX8 smartphone and 10-inch MediaPad M2 10 tablet.
Aside from its aluminum body, the GX8 is as typical as an Android smartphone gets. It’s got a 5.5-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution display with 401 pixels per inch, a 64-bit 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 skin. Internal storage is limited to 16GB, but you can expand that up to 128GB with a microSD card. The 13-megapixel camera has autofocus on the back; there’s a 5-megapixel camera on the front.
These aren’t groundbreaking specs, but capable ones nonetheless. There’s a 3,000mAh battery, which is way bigger than the batteries in the iPhone 6S and Galaxy S6.
Huawei MediaPad M2 10
The MediaPad M2 10 is somewhat of a clone of Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet. The aluminum alloy tablet is designed to be used in landscape orientation and supports a stylus.
A 10-inch full HD (1920 x 1,200) IPS display spans the front of the MediaPad M2 10 with only two other hardware features present on the bezel: a 5-megapixel front-facing camera above the screen and a home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor below the screen. For sound, there are four speakers — which is, at least on paper, impressive.
The tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 skin. It’s powered by a 2GHz Kirin 930 octa-core processor. The silver model comes with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, and the gold model includes 64GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM and the stylus. Both tablets have a microSD card for storage expansion up to 128GB; on the back is a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus.
In terms of wireless, you get the usual Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi; there are no LTE models.
Pricing for the MediaPad M2 10 wasn’t announced. The tablet will be released sometime in the first quarter of the year.