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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

HUAWEI just introduced the MatePad T 10s – an affordable 10.1-inch tablet with 4G LTE connectivity for the family!

Take a look at the new HUAWEI MatePad T 10s, and find out what it offers!

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Hands-On Preview!

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s boasts a 10.1-inch IPS display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, and TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort.

This display is enhanced by HUAWEI ClariVu technology, which automatically optimises colour, brightness and saturation. It also uses a Super Resolution algorithm to upscale lower-resolution content.

Build around the HUAWEI Kirin 710A platform, it comes with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 512 GB).

Impressively, this affordable tablet comes with built-in 4G LTE connectivity, ensuring that you can stay connected wherever you are. Powering all that is a large 5,100 mAh battery, that supports 10 watt fast charging.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Price + Availability

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s is available for sale starting 10 October 2020, with this recommended retail price :

  • 3 GB + 64 GB : RM 999 (about US$241 | £186 | A$334 | S$327)

Here are online purchase options :

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI MatePad T 10s
Model AGS3-L09
Display 10.1-inch IPS
– 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi)
Protection None
Operating System EMUI 10.1 (based on Android 10)
Platform HUAWEI Kirin 710A
Processor 4 x Arm Cortex-A73 (2.0 GHz)
4 x Arm Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G51
Memory 3 GB
Storage 64 GB
External Storage microSD Card (up to 512 GB)
Front Camera 2 MP fixed focus camera (f/2.4)
– 720p video recording
Rear Camera 5 MP auto focus camera (f/2.2)
– 1080p video recording
Connectivity 4G LTE (WCDMA / GSM)
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS Support GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint Sensor None
Other Sensors Ambient Light, Distance, Gravity
Audio Stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Single microphone
Battery 5,100 mAh
Charging 10 watt charger
Size 240.2 mm wide
159 mm tall
7.85 mm thick
Weight 450 g

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Box + Contents

The HUAWEI MatePad T 10s comes in a white cardboard box.

When fully unboxed, these are the items you will find inside :

  • One HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet
  • One set of HUAWEI MatePad T 10s documents (not shown here)
  • One 22.5 watt HUAWEI SuperCharge fast charger
  • One USB Type A to USB Type C cable
  • One SIM tray pin

Next Page > HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

 

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HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : A Closer Look!

Let’s take a closer look at the HUAWEI MatePad T 10s tablet, and its key features.

Front Camera

In the front, it has a 2 MP fixed focus camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera supports 720p video recording.

Rear Camera

In the back, it has a 5 MP camera with a slightly wider f/2.2 aperture, and 1080p video recording capability. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an LED flash.

Power + Volume Control Buttons

The only buttons you will find are the Power and Volume control buttons, both located along the top edge  (if held horizontally) together with the front and rear cameras.

Ports + Speakers

The ports are all located at the bottom – a USB 2.0 Type C port, and a 3.5 mm audio port, next to the SIM tray.

It also comes with two Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, one at the bottom here, and one at the top.

SIM + microSD Card Tray

The SIM and microSD card tray is located at the bottom, next to the 3.5 mm audio port and USB-C port.

Unlike other tablets in the same price range, it comes with 4G LTE connectivity, and supports a single nano SIM card.

The MatePad T 10s only comes with 64 GB of storage, but fortunately, it also supports a microSD card, which lets you add up to 512 GB of additional storage.

 

HUAWEI MatePad T 10s : Where To Buy?

Here are online purchase options :

 

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The Honor 8X Sneak Preview – Fresh From The Oven!

Two years ago, Honor launched the honor 8 smartphone with its iconic Aurora Glass finish. Here is our sneak preview of the honor 8X that we got fresh from the oven!

Find out what’s new in the honor 8X, and see why it’s really quite different from its namesake!

 

The Honor 8X Specification Comparison

First, let’s compare the specifications of the new honor 8X against the honor 8. Look at the difference :

Specificationshonor 8Xhonor 8 (Premium)
ModelJSN-L22FRD-L14 (US), FRD-L19 (EU & Asia)
Available ColoursNASapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold
Display6.5-inch IPS display
- 1080 x 2340 resolution (396 ppi)
5.2-inch LTPS LCD display
- 1080 x 1920 resolution (423 ppi)
- 1500:1 contrast ratio, 96% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionNACorning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with EMUI 8.2.0Android 6.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
Processing PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 710HiSilicon Kirin 950
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 (2.2 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.7 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz)
i5 co-processor
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G51 MP4ARM Mali-T880 (650 MHz)
System Memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory4 GB LPDDR4 memory
Storage64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot (supports up to 400 GB)
64 GB internal flash memory
microSD slot* (supports up to 128 GB)
* shared with SIM2 (L19)
Selfie Camera16 MP sensor, with f/2.0 lens
- 720p video recording
8 MP sensor, with f/2.4 lens
- 1080p video recording
Main Camera20 MP PDAF sensor with f/1.8 lens
2 MP depth sensor
Dual 12 MP cameras (monochrome + colour)
- Sony IMX286 sensor
- f/2.2 lens, dual LED flash and hybrid auto-focus
- 1080p video recording with EIS
GPS SupportGPS / AGPS / GLONASSGPS / AGPS / GLONASS
SIM SupportDual nano SIM, Dual Standby Single nano SIM (L14)
Dual nano SIM, Dual Standby (L19)
Connectivity4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat13 : 150 Mbps (UL), LTE Cat12 : 600 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
4G : LTE FDD LTE Cat6 : 51 Mbps (UL), 301 Mbps (DL)
3G : WCDMA
2 G : GSM
Bluetooth : 4.2 BLE
OTG, VoLTE
WiFi Capability802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz only)
Hotspot supports up to 4 devices
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz dual-band)
Hotspot supports up to 8 devices
USB PortmicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 with USB Type C interface
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear-mountedYes, 3D fingerprint recognition, 0.4 second unlock with Smart Key customisation
Infra-Red TransmitterNoYes, with Smart Control 4.0
NFC SupportNoYes, tag read/write, P2P transfer, mobile payment
AudioHiSilicon Hi6402 audio DSP with Dolby DTS and HiRes Audio support
Dual-microphone noise reduction
Battery3,750 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
2,900 mAh lithium-polymer battery
18 W fast-charging capability
Dimensions76.6 mm wide x 160.4 mm tall x 7.8 mm thick71.0 mm wide x 145.5 mm tall x 7.45 mm thick
Weight175 g153 g
Launch PriceNARM 1,899 (~US$ 475)
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The Honor 8X Up Close!

The new honor 8X looks deceptively small. It actually boasts the industry’s largest display, edging out the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and matching the Apple Xs Max. Yet it still fits comfortably in our hands, thanks to extremely thin bezels and a display notch.

Despite its more modern design, honor went back a little, reintroducing the old microUSB 2.0 port. This is surprising since they first introduced the bidirectional USB-C port in the honor 8 two years ago!

They also dropped the IR transmitted at the top, which allowed the.honor 8 to be used as a remote control.

Next Page > The honor 8X Key Features

 

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New Level Of Mid-Range Performance

The honor 8X smartphone boasts the new Kirin 710 mobile SoC from HUAWEI’s HiSilicon subsidiary.

It is not the flagship-class SoC like the Kirin 950 used in the honor 8, but thanks to advances in semiconductor design and fabrication, it offers better performance with lower power consumption.

The Kirin 710 is actually a mid-range version of the Kirin 970 SoC that powers the honor 10 smartphone.

It uses the same four high-performance Cortex-A73 cores, with the same four low-power Cortex-A53 cores – just with slightly lower clock speeds.

It is paired with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory, and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

Advances in LTE technology allows the Kirin 710 to deliver much faster Cat13 upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and Cat12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps.

However, its WiFi support is limited to a/b/g/n protocols, and only in the 2.4 GHz band.

 

Display Notch

The honor 8X has a Full HD+ display, with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It features the display notch made popular by the iPhone X, to maximise its display size.

Although the notification icons nearest to the notch can appear “cut-off”, the hnor 8X is smart enough to work around the notch. In games and applications that don’t support the notification area, it just displays the main 1080 x 2240 section.

 

The Honor 8X Cameras

Hidden in the display notch is a high-resolution 16 MP camera with f/2.0 lens. It is supposedly capable of recording 1080p videos, but in our early firmware, it is limited to 720p video recording.

We were hoping that the honor 8X’s AI Camera would be based on the dual-camera design of the honor 10 and the honor 8 smartphones, they went instead with a single 20 MP camera paired with a 2 MP depth sensor.

The 20 MP camera uses a PDAF (phase detection autofocus) sensor paired with a fast and bright f/1.8 lens.

The 2 MP depth sensor has only one job – to deliver better depth perception, so the honor 8X can better differentiate the background from the subjects and more accurately apply the software bokeh effects.

Despite its high-resolution image sensor, the 20 MP camera can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. It is not optically-stabilised, and surprisingly lacks electronic image stabilisation.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

To maximise display size in a relatively small form factor, honor had to use a rear fingerprint sensor. You may recall that they used a front sensor for the honor 10.

The honor 8X’s rear fingerprint sensor is very good – easy to train and works fast and accurately. The only problem that all rear fingerprint sensors have – you can’t use it while it’s attached to a car mount. If you intend to use it while driving, make sure you set-up and use the Face unlock feature.

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Triple Slot Tray

honor smartphones all have dual SIM, dual standby capabilities. However, to save space, the honor 10 offered two nano SIM trays and removed the microSD card slot. The honor 8, on the other hand, opted for a hybrid SIM tray – the second nano SIM can be swapped out for a microSD card.

The honor 8X offers the ultimate option – a triple slot tray. You can use a microSD card to expand its storage, while still using two nano SIM cards.

 

Ergonomics

With its very large 6.5-inch display, the honor 8X is definitely a much larger smartphone than the honor 8 or honor 10 smartphones.

The honor 8X is just over 76 mm wide, and 160 mm tall, but remains under 8 mm thick. It is comparable in size to the new Apple iPhone Xs Max, but quite a bit lighter at just 175 grams.

The IPS display is very bright and vivid indoors, and does a decent job outdoors despite not being an AMOLED display. The non-standard 19:9 aspect ratio, while useful in giving you more screen space, will result in some pillarboxing for movies.

Next Page > honor 8X Camera Performance – Photos + Videos

 

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Photos

honor did not reveal the model of the sensor used in the 20 MP main camera, but the photos have a resolution of 5120 x 3840 pixels, with the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Despite the high resolution, Honor appears to use a more efficient (or lossier) compression algorithm, resulting in a file size of between 3 MB and 4 MB in most photos.

Here are 8 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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honor 8X Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite its high-resolution 20 MP sensor, the honor 8X can only record 1080p videos at up to 60 fps. Here are two videos we recorded to test its video recording capabilities.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #1 : Piano

First off – we can see that there is no optical or electrionic image stabilisation, so the video can get very jerky. The audio also lacks sufficient noise cancellation.

On the bright side, the image quality is very good, and the colours are vivid, albeit a little oversaturated. There is also very good control of the highlights. A shame about the lack of stabilisation.

Honor 8X Video Recording Sample #2 : Food Fair

The lack of image stabilisation is obvious from the jerkiness. A real shame because the image quality is very good.

 

Never Coming – The Full Review

When HONOR loaned us this unit, they said that it was a production unit running on a beta version of the firmware.

We were planning to upgrade this preview to a full review after testing with a production firmware, but the review sample never received it.

 

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