Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite review: a tablet with monstrous autonomy
By Ingrid Wilhelmina 2019-05-28 1242 0
For its M5 Lite, Huawei has taken exactly the same recipe as its standard model. A large slab of 10.1 inches here (against 10.8 on the M5) coupled with a plastic shell of good quality. The design is simple, but effective and the tablet exudes seriousness thanks to its quality of construction and its impeccable finishes.
Only small complaint, we would have liked to see screen edges a little finer - and so to do, an implementation of the "neutral touch point" to hold the tablet by pressing the screen without triggering actions. The only difference with the Mediapad M5 is that this Lite version is obviously made to be held in landscape mode, as evidenced by the positioning of the fingerprint reader.
With 475g on the scales, you can not say that the Mediapad is a featherweight - few 10-inch tablets are, however - but it is still possible to hold comfortably with one hand for a few minutes. However, the location on the right edge of the USB-C and mini-jack is not very practical, since the cables interfere with the grip.
Despite these few flaws, this M5 Lite is a good surprise.
Huawei made some concessions on the screen of the M5 Lite compared to that of the standard M5 model. If the resolution is reduced here, the quality is fortunately always at the rendezvous. By default, the screen tends to pull a little blue, but just take a look in the settings and opt for the "hot" profile to correct this annoying drift. Thus we obtain a perfect color temperature (6,513 K) and a faithful colorimetry since the delta E reaches 3,7 (we consider the correctness of the colors sufficiently good for a dE less than 3).
Side readability, no worries either, with a maximum brightness of 437 cd / m² and a minimum of 3.5 cd / m², Huawei tablet can adapt to all light conditions. The reflectance rate of 11% does not s poil the party either. Only the contrast at 1,163: 1 disappoints a little, but it remains acceptable.
Finally, in use, the 224 pixels per inch offer a comfort of reading quite sufficient. On their side, afterglow as touch delay are average with respective scores of 15 and 92 ms. Not enough latency in use or visually on the screen. In short, if the screen of the Mediapad M5 Lite is not perfect, it is more than adequate.
No problem on the performance side of the Mediapad. Even if the tablet does not take advantage of the latest chip of the manufacturer, it performs well with the Kirin 659 associated with 3 or 4 GB of RAM. We juggle between apps and navigate the interface or the web page with ease and fluidity.
The heating of the tablet after 10 minutes of play.
Fortunately, the tablet only heats very little, whether during long sessions of play or photo and video capture.
Side video game, it will make graphic concessions to turn the 3D titles a bit greedy, but the whole is rather fluid and efficient.
The headphone output of the Mediapad M5 Lite suffers from the same flaws as the "standard" M5. The output power is too thin and the channel separation is confusing. While the signal is distortion-free and the dynamics are wide, it is not enough to produce an ideal listening experience.
However the 4 speakers around the screen are for their part largely powerful enough to enjoy a movie. We just regret the presence of distortion at full volume and a slight effect "sound box" that distorts a little signal. We appreciate, however, the rather complete and faithful reproduction of the sound spectrum.
Although this is not the primary purpose of the tablet, the Mediapad M5 Lite is doing well in photo. At least as correctly as an iPad. It must be admitted that the bar is in any case not very high for tablets.
The 8MP rear camera does not work miracles with a pixelated rendering that lacks sharpness and contrast. The outline of the scene is there, but you can not expect more. On the other hand, the colors are well restored and the white balance respected.
At night, difficult to see much. While the Mediapad manages to capture more light than an iPad, but the result is not glorious so far. Digital noise is everywhere and chromatic aberrations can be seen here and there. The tablet still manages to restore some details thanks to its good light management.
The front sensor 8 MP, meanwhile, is not too bad in daylight with a good dose of detail and a strong contrast. Smoothing is minimal once the "beautify" option is turned off. Only the colors are a bit off the plate with a rendering too pale.
Finally, the application is full of many modes of capture, among which the "pro" that can take control of ISO, speed, white balance, etc. The video capture for its part nothing to reproach itself, being fluid and effective.
The autonomy was already the strong point of the Mediapad M5 and this model "Lite" is even better thanks to its less high-end components and less energy-consuming. In fact, she's so much better that she has moved up to first place in our comparison with no less than 23 hours and 47 minutes of endurance on our home test protocol. This is much better than three quarters of the competition and this should allow you to recharge your tablet only every 3 days if you use it a lot.
Best of all, the day before is solid with barely 5% loss in one night despite several accounts that synchronize. The downside, it will take well 3 hours to recharge the device in full.
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