Huawei MediaPad M3 successor could be coming soon
The traditional slate tablet may be past its prime according to market analysts, but that isn't going to stop major manufacturers from iterating and selling new models year after year. A quick search through the Bluetooth Launch Studio portfolio reveals that Huawei may soon unveil the MediaPad M5 as the direct successor to the mid-range MediaPad M3. The "MediaPad M4" name will likely be skipped due to the negative connotations of the number "4" in Chinese culture similar to how OnePlus purposefully avoided the name "OnePlus 4".
The Bluetooth certification page doesn't reveal much about the supposed MediaPad M5 aside from its 8.4-inch screen size, Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility, and unspecified HiSilicon SoC. It's essentially guaranteed that the tablet will house a Kirin 970 or, at the very least, a Kirin 950 like its immediate predecessor.
Lastly, the MediaPad M5 may launch in two SKUs as the SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09. When looking at the 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the MediaPad M3 (BTV-W09), the multiple SKUs could simply be due to differences in color or RAM capacity.
Huawei may officially announce the MediaPad M5 next month during its CES 2018 keynote on January 9 at 2 PM PST. The Bluetooth listing comes just a few days after references to the "MediaPad M4" were discovered in the Huawei User Agent Profile for Android 8.0 Oreo.