The Huawei MatePad T 10s is one gadget to consider for your everyday needs like browsing, Netflix, online classes, meetings, and a bit of gaming. It’s not as powerful as the MatePad Pro, or even the MatePade 10.4 but it’s more than capable to do what is needed.
The MatePad T10s looks similar to the MatePad 10.4 but feels like the MatePad T8. It feels plastic all around but it doesn’t bother me at all, a good case will always do the trick. It also feels light to carry and fragile, I’m afraid I might break it or something. You really need to invest on a good case because for protection and peace of mind 😊.
There isn’t much to see around the edges, just the usual – the volume rocker and power button, and two microphones on the right. There is one speaker on top, and one at the bottom. Both speakers are Tuned by Harman Kardon. It’s the same speaker that’s present with the MatePad 10.4, only difference is that the latter got four of them, two on each side. The bottom also houses the dual tray (nano-sim +micro sd up to 512GB), the type C port, and the 35mm jack. The left side has nothing to offer but moral support.
The display is surrounding the 10.1″ display are thick bezels which also houses the 2MP selfie camera and a LED notification light. The display is an IPS LCD with 1920 x 1080 resolution with 224ppi. The display is good enough for your daily usage – you know, Netflix, Facebook, Zoom, emails, and the rest. I mean, don’t expect much on an entry-level tablet, but it delivers.
I enjoyed doing watching videos on the tablet because of the large display and loudspeakers. I also enjoyed reading ebooks and or articles on my Pocket app using the tablet’s ebook mode. The large display and the speakers will definitely improve your entertainment experience.
Although Huawei is known to have the best cameras on their smartphones, we cant truly say the same for the tablets. The smartphones are centered on capturing great photos, videos, on both rear and selfie cameras. The tablets, however, has a different function. It’s not something you use to take photos regularly. Having said that, the MatePad T 10s produces ok photos, not overwhelming or great, but decent once. Good enough for your video calls or meetings with 720p resolution.
There isn’t much to discuss about the camera, but it’s there when you need them 😊.
MatePad T 10s comes with Android 10 topped with EMUI 10.1 I’ve been in the Huawei ecosystem for at least 5 years now and I’ve been used to the EMUI and that’s where my bias is. I like how it’s straightforward and simple and the presence of the Huawei Mobile Services (AppGallery, Petal Search), is making up for the lack of Google.
Huawei’s AppGallery is now the third-largest app marketplace in the world. If you miss GMail, you can use a Huawei’s email app and set it up, you can also use the browser for YouTube and other Google services.
What I love about having a large display is being able to see more and using Huawei’s multiscreen feature is very useful.
As for performance, it delivers. Don’t expect much about graphic heavy games or processing heavy apps. It isn’t built for that. It comes Kirin 710A chipset, paired with a Mali G51 GPU, and 3GB of RAM which does the job well during online classes, binge-watching, social media stalking, and office deadlines.
As for connectivity, it has all the basics LTE connectivity, WiFi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and OTG, no NFC.
The battery capacity is at 5100mAh with 10w charging which can last you the whole online class and a bit of binge-watching after.
In conclusion, the MatePad T 10s, is something I would buy if I need a spare device for entertainment. It’s not something that I would bring every day but something that I use when I get home. To binge-watch or read an ebook while in bed. Also, a capable tablet to buy for your kid’s online classes. For only Php12,999, it’s worth every peso. Don’t mind having Google Services because it most of the basic apps needed for your basic needs are available at the AppGallery or can be sideloaded.