As smartphones began to have bigger screens, tablets slowly began to lose its purpose and popularity—many even predicted the slow and eventual demise of the android tablet.
But when the pandemic broke out and kept everyone locked in, the demand for extra devices with bigger screens grew, and this has been proven by a recent report from research firm Canalys. The report said tablet shipments were 26% higher than during the same time period in 2019, and were approaching numbers more typically seen during the holiday shopping season.
This upswing came when people around the world were asked to work remotely and remote learning for kids became the norm.
“The coronavirus pandemic has increased competition for communal screen access between household members forced to stay indoors,” “Tablets help overcome this problem by allowing each family member to have their own device. And they are more budget-friendly than desktops and notebooks.”
When I did a feature on the Huawei MatePad Pro a few months ago, I received a lot of positive and inquiries. It was a great device, the only problem was that its price point was a bit elusive.
Good thing Huawei released affordable alternatives in the form of the Matepad T10 and MatePad T10s.
For this feature we will be sharing our first impressions on the MatePad T10s.
Lets start of with the specs.
Huawei Matepad T10s
- Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 710A processor / Mali G51 graphics
- 3GB RAM + 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up
- 10.1-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1200 pixels)
- 5MP rear facing camera (f/2.2 aperture Auto Focus (Phase Focus)
- 2MP front facing camera (f/2.4 aperture Fixed Focal)
- Harman Kardon speakers
- 5,100 mAh battery
- 4G/LTE, WiFi Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Android 10 with EMUI 10.1
- DeepSea Blue
What’s in the Box?
The MatePad T 10s comes in a simple white box with a photo of the device on front, as well as the Huawei and “Explore it on App Gallery branding. The IMEI numbers/ and model configurations are printed on the side.
Inside the box you’ll find the Huawei Matepad T10s unit; a USB type C cable and 10W wall charger—the typical package of every Huawei Tablet.
Build and Design
The Matepad T10s looks like your typical Android tablet, sharing the same design principle of its MatePad siblings, except for the MatePad Pro of course, meaning it looks good enough, but nothing to rave about.
The tablet measures 240.2 mm width x 159 mm height in landscape mode with a thickness of 7.85 mm. It weighs 450g which makes it quite light and manageable to hold even for kid. It’s made of polycarbonate plastic but the build is quite good and it’s easy to mistake it for aluminum. There’s a protruding circular module for the 5-megapixel rear camera.
The back panel’s brushed finish also makes it a bit resistant to against smudges. The front panel has relatively thick bezels, but looks better compared to its predecessor, the MatePad T8. The MatePad T 10s is meant to be used in landscape orientation, that’s why you’ll find the 2-megapixel selfie camera on the wider length of the tablet.
Going through the layout of buttons and ports (landscape mode), you’ll find a loud speaker on the left side, while the power and volume controls are on the top left adjacent to the rear camera. The right part of the MatePad T 10s houses another speaker, microphone, USB-C port, headphone jack, and the SIM tray.
The MatePad T10s has a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with 224 PPI and 16:10 aspect ratio (16.7 million colors). A 10-inch screen is great if you are going to use it for an entertainment device, watching videos, creating documents, browsing social media as it gives you large estate for productivity work and a better viewing experience.
The MatePad T 10S display has good colors and viewing angles and so far, I have no complaints with its brightness, but we’ll have still have to test it outdoors and see if it can survive bright sunlight. What I’ve always loved about Huawei’s tablets though are its speakers and the MatePad T 10s doesn’t disappoint. It features dual high amplitude speakers and Huawei Histen 6.1 that’s tuned by Harman Kardon and you can expect an enjoyable experience whether you are listening to music, watching youtube videos or streaming content.
The Matepad T 10s is powered by a Kirin 710A processor, which is also used by several of Huawei/Honor’s entry and midrange smartphones. The chipset is paired with a 3GB of RAM for multitasking and loading apps and so far apps have been running smoothly though we still have test it for games and some other apps.
Speaking of apps your main source will be Huawei’s App Gallery and I’m quite impressed at how it continues to grow every month. Currently the the third biggest app distributor globally, you can download most favorite and essential apps for your everyday use.
Since this tablet is also meant to be used by the little ones apps, learning apps like Azoomee, ABC Spelling, Math Kids Learning, Baby Panda’s School Bus and many other are easily available from the App Gallery. Plus with Petal Search Widget –you can search for any app even if it’s unavailable in Huawei’s App Gallery.
We will be having a separate AppGallery review in the next few days as well.
As for the software, the tablet is running EMUI 10 over Android 10 which makes it very familiar if you already own a Huawei device.
I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot the Huawei’s MatePad T10s, as they already have the MatePad Pro and MatePad, and I must admit I very impressed so far. You get a reliable processor, nice build, good screen, loud dual speakers and a price tag that’s more accessible.
It’s a nice option for those looking to get a tablet for entertainment purposes or for students who are now on distance learning.
We’re still going to do a full review, but if you are planning to get a tablet in the next few days, you should include the MatePad T10s among your top options.
The HUAWEI MatePad T10s is available in Lazada, Shoppee and through the Huawei Store for SRP P12, 999 with gifts for launch promotion freebies worth up to Php 5, 507 until October 24! You can also purchase this with a zero percent interest rate up-to-12 months installment for credit cards and up-to-9 months installment using your home credit in selected Huawei Concept Stores and dealerships.