From our last week poll, the popularity of the rear fingerprint sensor is still high amongst our voters as 32% opted for it while the recent tech, on-screen fingerprint sensor got 32%. Fingerprint scanners located on the side and front managed 12% and 23% votes respectively while 3% voted for FaceID.
Today, we are looking at 8-inch tablets from two Chinese manufacturing giants, Xiaomi and Huawei. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and Huawei MediaPad M5 will be doing battle today. These devices are both 2018 tablets although the M5 arrive much earlier. These tablets have some things in common – similar size (8 inches), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Android Oreo, and aluminum body. However, there are a whole lot of differences between them.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is an 8-inch tablet which was released in June 2018. This device is considered to be one of the best tablets for watching videos because it is equipped with a rich content support. It debuted with a 1099 yuan ($166) price tag for the 3GB+32GB WiFi while the 4GB+64GB WiFi model and the 4GB+64GB LTE version costs 1399 yuan ($211) and 1499 yuan ($226) respectively.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 has dimensions of 19.90 x 13.20 x 0.80 cm and weighs 320 grams. The screen uses a 16:10 aspect ratio, a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, a pixel density of 283ppi, and a contrast ratio of 1200:1. In terms of key features, the tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 660 AIE processor coupled with various memory options as stated earlier. The memory is expandable via a TF card up to 256GB. In the camera department, it is equipped with a 5MP front-facing snapper and a 13MP rear-mounted cameras. Under the hood, it carries a 6000mAh battery supporting 5V/2A charging and this battery life is one of the attractive features of this device. According to the official statement, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 can provide up to 12 hours of video playback, 15 hours of reading, 8 hours of playing games, and 10 hours of shooting.
Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4-inch)
The Huawei MediaPad M5 is an 8.4-inch tablet which arrived in February 2018. It has other 10-inch siblings but for this contest, we are using the 8-inch variant. The MediaPad M5 has dimensions of 212.6 x 124.8 x 7.3 mm and weighs 316 grams. The screen uses a 16:10 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32//64/128GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 256GB via a TF card. In the camera department, it is equipped with a 13MP front-facing snapper and an 8MP rear-mounted cameras. This tablet is powered by a 5100 mAh battery with fast charge support. It also comes with a front mounted finger[rint sensor, a feature that is lacking in the Mi Pad 4.
Personally, I am a Xiaomi fanboy so I will definitely pick the Mi Pad 4 over the MediaPad M5. However, your choice is probably different from mine. Which is your pick?