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Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro Tablet Review

Andreas Osthoff (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/23/2016

Mid-range. The suffix "Pro" in the name of Huawei's new tablet suggests that it has some additional features that distinguish the tablet from the conventional devices. However, this is deceptive since we find a normal mid-range device for private customers. Nevertheless, our report reveals why that is not a disadvantage.

For the original German review, see here.

Huawei has opted for a somewhat long name for its new tablet, MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro. It is a 10.1-inch device based on a modern Qualcomm SoC and 2 GB of working memory. The 16:10 screen has a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, and the 16 GB internal storage can be expanded via a micro-SD card. Huawei has two different versions of its tablet: The Wi-Fi only model costs around 240 Euros (~$273), while the LTE version (with GPS) that we are testing is available for approximately 300 Euros (~$342) in retail.

We have just recently tested the MediaPad M2 with a metal casing that is currently sold at 350 to 400 Euros (~$399 to ~$456). The other comparison devices used in this test are Samsung's Galaxy Tab A 9.7Acer's Iconia Tab 10 A3Amazon's Fire HD 10 and Haier's Pad 971.

Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro (MediaPad Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 405, Core: 550 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 224 PPI, capacitive, 10 touch points, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 9.8 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 128 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: ambient light, accelerometer, WiFi-Direct, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Cat.4 (downstream: 150 Mbit/s, upstream: 50 Mbit/s, B1, B3, B7, B20, B40, B38), UMTS (downstream: 42 Mbit/s, upstream: 5.76 Mbit/s, B1, B2, B5, B8), GSM (B2, B3, B5, B8), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 259.1 x 156.4 ( = 0.33 x 10.2 x 6.16 in)
Battery
6600 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix (auto focus, flash, f/2.0, videos: 1.920 x 1.080)
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix (fix fokus, videos: 1.280 x 960)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, SWS, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, power supply, USB cable, warranty conditions, quick start guide, EMUI 3.1, Google Apps, Tablet Manager, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
461 g ( = 16.26 oz / 1.02 pounds), Power Supply: 62 g ( = 2.19 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
300 Euro

 

Case

The casing of Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro is made of white plastic. The back is pleasantly smooth, yet not too slippery. Fingerprints will not be a problem. The only eye-catching design component is the silver-colored rim around the device. However, it is slightly higher creating a noticeable transition to the screen. Overall, the design is rather plain. The device is also available in black.

In terms of stability, the device leaves a mediocre impression. Although it is rigid enough, we hear very audible cracking sounds. Another problem is pressure since only moderate force from both the front and back is enough to cause wave formations on the screen. However, the performance is adequate for everyday use. The small cavity under the rear was more annoying; we could dent the surface marginally before we felt resistance which was also quietly audible. Hiding both the micro-SD and nano-SIM slot behind a flap is a clever solution as they do not ruin the looks. Furthermore, it makes additional tools for accessing the cards superfluous.

With a weight of 461 grams (~1 lb) and a height of 8.5 millimeters (~0.33 in) the tablet is comfortable and pleasant to hold. A good overall performance, although the review sample loses against its more expensive MediaPad M2 brother.

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Connectivity

Huawei has equipped the MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC that is supported by 2 GB of working memory. This octa-core mid-range chip should provide enough performance for everyday tasks. The internal storage has a capacity of only 16 GB, which is reduced to just less than 10 GB after initial use (8.5 GB after all the preloaded apps are updated). However, it is possible to expand the storage via a micro-SD card (max. 128 GB). Besides the standard function of saving photos taken with the camera or moving apps to the card after installing them, the SD card can be integrated in the system. The "default location" can be changed in the settings (internal storage or SD card), which requires a one-time rebooting. Apps or games are then installed on the SD card without loading the internal storage.

Huawei is rather restrained in terms of connectivity. We find a micro-USB 2.0 port that at least supports USB OTG for connecting flash drives or other peripherals easily. Otherwise, only Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4.1 can be used for wireless transmission with other devices.

Left: No interfaces
Left: No interfaces
Right: Nano-SIM and micro-SD (behind flap), volume control, standby
Right: Nano-SIM and micro-SD (behind flap), volume control, standby
Upper edge: 3.5 mm audio, speaker
Upper edge: 3.5 mm audio, speaker
Lower edge: Speaker, microphone, micro-USB 2.0
Lower edge: Speaker, microphone, micro-USB 2.0

Software

Unfortunately, Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro does not come with the latest Android version. Instead, version 5.1.1 in conjunction with Huawei's own EMUI 3.1 launcher has been installed. It is not yet known if or when an update is planned, but it is rather unlikely. The biggest difference to standard Android is the absence of an app drawer; apps are simply displayed beside each other on the home screen. It is possible to create folders for better organization. Huawei does not preload unnecessary software. In addition to Google's apps, some tools by Huawei, as well as the "Design" and "Phone Manager" apps are found. This allows changing the operating system's looks and the device's most important options quickly. Huawei uses several backgrounds for the lock screen by default, but the user can of course determine a personal background.

Two further interesting features are present: Firstly, the video player can be scaled down and be moved to the screen as in picture in picture mode. However, the window's size cannot be changed and thus the video needs quite a lot of space (see screenshot), which is not very convenient. Split View is also integrated making it possible to display two apps side by side. This comes in handy, for example, when the user watches a YouTube video while browsing on the Internet. This does not function absolutely smoothly and the user will have to reckon with some stutters.

Home screen 1/2
Home screen 1/2
Home screen 2/2
Home screen 2/2
About Phone
About Phone
Phone Manager 1
Phone Manager 1
Phone Manager 2
Phone Manager 2
Picture in picture (only with videos)
Picture in picture (only with videos)
Settings
Settings
Stagefright Detector app
Stagefright Detector app

Communication & GPS

Phone app
Phone app

Our review sample of Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro has one slot for a nano-SIM card. It is not only possible to browse on the Internet with it, but also to make normal calls. Although, "normal" is rather inappropriate for a 10-inch tablet. We find the familiar phone app that we also find in Huawei's smartphones. Calls can be made either via a headset (not included) or the hands-free mode. In the hands-free mode, the tablet is ideally placed in front of the user on a table (portrait mode) since the speaker is installed in the lower edge. The reception left a very good impression. We could make calls without any problems even in the midst of an old building where we normally have issues with the mobile network. The same is also true of mobile Internet reception in the (German) urban Telekom network.

The MediaPad is also up-to-date in terms of Wi-Fi standards and supports the high-speed 802.11ac in both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. The 1x1 module achieves a maximum transfer rate of 433 Mbit/s here. We tested the tablet with two different routers (ASUS RT-AC56U & Fritz!Box 7490) and did not detect any irregularities.

GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors (window area)
GPS test indoors (window area)

In addition, the LTE model supports GPS and GLONASS. Although tracking was not possible indoors, we were located with an accuracy of 5 meters (~16 ft) near a window according to the GPS Test app. Localization was also quick and accurate outdoors. We also compared the outcomes with Garmin's professional Edge 500 navigation system on a bike ride. The tablet did an overall good job, and the difference was approximately 100 meters (~328 ft) on the 12 km (~7.5 mi) route. The review sample does not refresh the position quite as often, which results in minor shortcuts.

Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Total
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Total
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Crossing
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Crossing
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Turning point
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro: Turning point
Garmin Edge 500: Total
Garmin Edge 500: Total
Garmin Edge 500: Crossing
Garmin Edge 500: Crossing
Garmin Edge 500: Turning point
Garmin Edge 500: Turning point

Cameras

Primary Camera
Primary Camera
Front camera
Front camera

Huawei has installed a 2 MP camera on the front. As expected, its quality is not very good. Our comparison photo taken with the rear-facing camera shows that the sensor captures a considerably smaller image section. Furthermore, the details are very vague, and thus the module is not suitable for good selfies. The beauty mode that enables smoothening skin or narrowing the face does not help much, either. Videos can be recorded in HD resolution (1280x720 pixels, 30 FPS).

The camera app is familiar from Huawei's smartphones. It offers many settings and various photo modes. We have added some screenshots of the app below. However, the menu always has to be opened for making changes, which is rather inconvenient. Pictures and videos can be stored automatically on the SD card.

Camera app settings
Camera app settings

We liked the rear-facing 8 MP sensor (3264x2448 pixels, 4:3) with flash support much better. At a first glance, the photos appeal with strong colors and good outlines of details. The comparatively low resolution becomes noticeable when photos are zoomed; the details look increasingly vague. Not all the details are clearly visible in low light photos (scene 3). Only the colors look rather pale. Videos can be recorded in Full HD resolution (30 FPS) in acceptable quality. However, image noise emerges quickly in little residual light.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker Passport: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker Passport: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.

We photographed X-Rite's ColorChecker Passport and the test chart as full-frame as possible under defined test conditions. The photos are not edited afterwards.

The rear-facing camera's performance is satisfactory here. Although the reproduction of some colors is too pale, there are no major aberrations. The sharpness also decreases slightly toward the edges on our test chart, and the object looks rather brighter, especially in areas of the lower edge. As in the test photos, the lower resolution first becomes evident when the photo is zoomed, primarily at the edges. Nevertheless, a decent performance for a tablet.

Accessories & Warranty

We find the usual accessories in the tablet's box: A modular, 10-watt power supply, a USB cable, warranty conditions and a quick start guide. A headset is not included. The tablet comes with a 24-month warranty period.

Input Devices & Handling

Huawei has installed its own "Swift" keyboard that offers all common features including word suggestion and swipe inputs. However, there is no dedicated number row; instead, this can be mapped as a secondary function in the upper letter row. The keyboard can be divided by pressing a button, making it comfortable to use with a thumb in landscape mode.

The touchscreen's gliding qualities are decent, and inputs and gestures are detected up into the edges (max. 10 fingers). However, the system rarely implements these without lags. Handling is rather sluggish, but this is also due to system performance. The dedicated keys on the right are fitted impeccably and have a good pressure point. The Android keys are present as virtual keys on the screen and their assignment can be changed.

Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait split mode
Keyboard portrait split mode

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The glossy 10.1-inch panel in Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro offers a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 226 PPI. Text and images are thus sharp enough, and the subjective image impression is good. The options also provide color temperature settings.

The review sample scores well in our brightness measurements. With an average of 385 cd/m², it is one of the brighter devices in the comparison field. As well as a pure white screen, we also determine the brightness where light and dark image areas are distributed evenly (APL50). However, the result varies only marginally (max. 392 vs. 388 cd/m²). The high brightness, however, is not in favor of the good illumination of 91%. Up to this point, the cheaper MediaPad T2 is not different from the MediaPad M2, but this changes in black level and consequently the contrast. We measured a high black level of 0.59 cd/m² in our review sample. This results in a contrast ratio of only 664:1 despite the good brightness. It is not just the worst outcome in the comparison group, but black contents also do not look very rich; this is primarily visible in dark video and game sequences.

392
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
407
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 407 cd/m² Average: 385.3 cd/m² Minimum: 21.88 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 392 cd/m²
Contrast: 664:1 (Black: 0.59 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
Gamma: 2.47
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
1920x1200, IPS, 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
1024x768, TFT, 9.7
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
1920x1200, IPS, 10.1
Haier Pad 971
2048x1536, IPS, 9.7
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
1280x800, IPS, 10.1
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
1920x1200, IPS, 10.1
Screen
9%
-7%
16%
18%
6%
Brightness
385
392
2%
328
-15%
294
-24%
434
13%
383
-1%
Brightness Distribution
91
80
-12%
88
-3%
90
-1%
86
-5%
91
0%
Black Level *
0.59
0.51
14%
0.38
36%
0.37
37%
0.43
27%
0.41
31%
Contrast
664
773
16%
903
36%
795
20%
1065
60%
939
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
3.59
20%
6.86
-52%
3.2
29%
4.18
7%
5.31
-18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.8
4.25
11%
6.95
-45%
3
37%
4.54
5%
5.58
-16%
Gamma
2.47 97%
2.56 94%
2.32 103%
2.3 104%
2.15 112%
2.4 100%
CCT
7426 88%
7148 91%
7249 90%
6882 94%
7083 92%
7044 92%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale (standard)
Grayscale (standard)
Colorspace (standard)
Colorspace (standard)
Saturation Sweeps (standard)
Saturation Sweeps (standard)
ColorChecker (standard)
ColorChecker (standard)
Grayscale (cool)
Grayscale (cool)
Colorspace (cool)
Colorspace (cool)
Saturation Sweeps (cool)
Saturation Sweeps (cool)
ColorChecker (cool)
ColorChecker (cool)
Grayscale (warm)
Grayscale (warm)
Colorspace (warm)
Colorspace (warm)
Saturation Sweeps (warm)
Saturation Sweeps (warm)
ColorChecker (warm)
ColorChecker (warm)


Color temperature options
Color temperature options

We found a control for adapting color temperature in the settings, and thus we performed the measurements using three different levels. The DeltaE 2000 deviation of 4.8 (grayscale) and 4.5 (colors) are average compared with the sRGB standard. The target rate is less than 3 in all cases. However, the color temperature of approximately 7500 Kelvin is too cool.

The result is much worse in every aspect when using the settings "cool" and "warm". This leads to a visible bluish or yellowish tint. Thus, the user should set the control very carefully. We recommend a minor shift into the warm area to achieve a color temperature closer to the ideal of 6500 K.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
61 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 35 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8582 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The tablet's brightness is not dimmed in battery mode. However, enabling the sensor does not lead to a higher brightness, either. Huawei adds the menu item "Outdoor visibility" that subjectively does not change the reproduction much. This is not a big problem since the legibility is also good in bright environments. Of course, reflections might be produced due to the glossy screen. But this is the case in almost all tablets. The IPS panel provides very high viewing angle stability, and the image can be viewed reasonably from all directions.

In sunlight (with reflections)
In sunlight (with reflections)
In sunlight (without reflections)
In sunlight (without reflections)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Huawei's MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 SoC that is mainly known from the mid-range. The processor consists of eight Cortex A53 cores. Four cores clock at a maximum of 1.5 GHz and the other four at a maximum of 1.2 GHz. Thus, the SoC remains 200 MHz below its reference design. 2 GB of working memory supports the SoC. The Adreno 405 graphics card that is integrated in the SoC is also a mid-range chip. Thus, the buyer gets a useful total bundle that should not be expected to break any speed records.

We also noticed this while working with the tablet as it rarely ran smoothly. Stutters and lags primarily appeared time and again when opening/closing apps, multitasking or even while browsing on the Internet. The benchmarks also confirm this. Our review sample is often found in one of the last places. The tablet's graphic performance is not much better. Furthermore, we could not perform some benchmarks since the OpenGL 3.1 standard is not supported.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
2492 Points ∼100%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
2118 Points ∼85%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
1909 Points ∼77%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
1499 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
1443 Points ∼58%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
781 Points ∼100%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
766 Points ∼98%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
698 Points ∼89%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
650 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
465 Points ∼60%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
3537 Points ∼100% +16%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
3046 Points ∼86%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
881 Points ∼100% +29%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
681 Points ∼77%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
991 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
437 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
499 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
1106 Points ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
1052 Points ∼95%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
377 Points ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
343 Points ∼91%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
442 Points ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
403 Points ∼91%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
1111 Points ∼100% +7%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
1040 Points ∼94%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
932 Points ∼84% -10%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
540 Points ∼100% +567%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
185 Points ∼34% +128%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
81 Points ∼15%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0% -100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
610 Points ∼100% +498%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
225 Points ∼37% +121%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
102 Points ∼17%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
16050 Points ∼100% +102%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
15496 Points ∼97% +95%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
10643 Points ∼66% +34%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
9168 Points ∼57% +15%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
8558 Points ∼53% +7%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7964 Points ∼50%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7437 Points ∼46% -7%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
13858 Points ∼100% +79%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
13198 Points ∼95% +71%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
10844 Points ∼78% +40%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
9208 Points ∼66% +19%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
8142 Points ∼59% +5%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7737 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
3838 Points ∼28% -50%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
14292 Points ∼100% +84%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
12530 Points ∼88% +61%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
10236 Points ∼72% +31%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
10121 Points ∼71% +30%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7974 Points ∼56% +2%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7786 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
4407 Points ∼31% -43%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
14156 Points ∼100% +74%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
9557 Points ∼68% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
8667 Points ∼61% +6%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
8144 Points ∼58%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7369 Points ∼52% -10%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
7936 Points ∼100% +59%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
7201 Points ∼91% +44%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5051 Points ∼64% +1%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
4994 Points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
2190 Points ∼28% -56%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
8247 Points ∼100% +51%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8048 Points ∼98% +47%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5464 Points ∼66%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5431 Points ∼66% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
2626 Points ∼32% -52%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
8548 Points ∼100% +6%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
8035 Points ∼94%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
7267 Points ∼85% -10%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
9813 Points ∼100%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
9785 Points ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
4750 Points ∼48% -52%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
9353 Points ∼100%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
9085 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
5270 Points ∼56% -44%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
Points ∼0% -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
18 fps ∼100% +29%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
16 fps ∼89% +14%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
16 fps ∼89% +14%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
15 fps ∼83% +7%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
14 fps ∼78% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
14 fps ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
5.3 fps ∼29% -62%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
22 fps ∼100% +69%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
18 fps ∼82% +38%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
17 fps ∼77% +31%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
14 fps ∼64% +8%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
13 fps ∼59%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
12 fps ∼55% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
11 fps ∼50% -15%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
8.8 fps ∼100% +57%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8.7 fps ∼99% +55%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
7.2 fps ∼82% +29%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
7.1 fps ∼81% +27%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5.8 fps ∼66% +4%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5.6 fps ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
1.8 fps ∼20% -68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
12 fps ∼100% +131%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
8.7 fps ∼73% +67%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8.4 fps ∼70% +62%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5.8 fps ∼48% +12%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
5.3 fps ∼44% +2%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
5.2 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
4.5 fps ∼38% -13%
AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
52322 Points ∼100% +75%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
47100 Points ∼90% +58%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
33119 Points ∼63% +11%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
30993 Points ∼59% +4%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
29823 Points ∼57%
AnTuTu Benchmark v5 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
36282 Points ∼100%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
35210 Points ∼97% -3%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
33242 Points ∼92% -8%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
30008 Points ∼83% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
20887 Points ∼58% -42%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
1011 Points ∼100% +11133%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
856 Points ∼85% +9411%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
769 Points ∼76% +8444%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
767 Points ∼76% +8422%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
633 Points ∼63% +6933%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
606 Points ∼60% +6633%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
9 Points ∼1%
Graphics
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
903 Points ∼100% +24%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
822 Points ∼91% +13%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
785 Points ∼87% +8%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
729 Points ∼81%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
685 Points ∼76% -6%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
573 Points ∼63% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
312 Points ∼35% -57%
Memory
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
1283 Points ∼100% +71%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
924 Points ∼72% +23%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
750 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
537 Points ∼42% -28%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
495 Points ∼39% -34%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
342 Points ∼27% -54%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
275 Points ∼21% -63%
System
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
2088 Points ∼100% +67%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
1943 Points ∼93% +55%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
1520 Points ∼73% +22%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
1433 Points ∼69% +15%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
1308 Points ∼63% +5%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
1250 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
1050 Points ∼50% -16%
Overall
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
1146 Points ∼100% +305%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
971 Points ∼85% +243%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
827 Points ∼72% +192%
BQ Aquaris M5.5
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
745 Points ∼65% +163%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
663 Points ∼58% +134%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
577 Points ∼50% +104%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
283 Points ∼25%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
5281 Points ∼100% +49%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
4458 Points ∼84% +26%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
4061 Points ∼77% +15%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
3888 Points ∼74% +10%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
3536 Points ∼67%

Huawei has preloaded a browser based on Chrome 39 that we also used for the benchmarks. Only WebXPRT recurrently crashed, and thus we performed this test using the regular Chrome browser (v 51). We recommend this browser for normal use as Huawei's browser was not at all convincing due to heavy stuttering and long loading times. The impression of the previous chapter is seen again in the browser based test, and our review sample is mostly found in the lower third. Browsing was less than ideal even when using the regular Chrome browser. Waiting times and heavy stuttering was obvious, especially on more sophisticated websites such as Notebookcheck. The tablet had a hard time with embedded videos in particular, which sometimes took over 10 seconds to launch.

Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
6438 Points ∼100% +141%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
5967 Points ∼93% +123%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
5835 Points ∼91% +118%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
4682 Points ∼73% +75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
2925 Points ∼45% +9%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
2672 Points ∼42%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
14064 ms * ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
13257.2 ms * ∼94% +6%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
9903 ms * ∼70% +30%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
6883.7 ms * ∼49% +51%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
5658.4 ms * ∼40% +60%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
5410 ms * ∼38% +62%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
109 Points ∼100% +95%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200
84 Points ∼77% +50%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
74 Points ∼68% +32%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
56 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306
47 Points ∼43% -16%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4
33.132 Points ∼100% +84%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4
28.27 Points ∼85% +57%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405
18 Points ∼54%

* ... smaller is better

The internal eMMC storage capacity of just 16 GB is quite tight. However, at least the flash memory proves to be fairly fast in sequential operations. But once again, only average outcomes are achieved in the 4K tests. We have already mentioned that the storage capacity can be expanded by up to 128 GB via an SD card. This involves one major drawback: The installed memory card reader's performance is very poor. With our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference card that according to the manufacturer should achieve up to 95/80 MB/s (read/write), just 18 and 14 MB/s is achieved in our tests. Thus, users who install many games on the SD card will have to accept long waiting times.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.98 MB/s ∼60%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.14 MB/s ∼100% +66%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17.57 MB/s ∼35%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.25 MB/s ∼100% +186%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.86 MB/s ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.48 MB/s ∼73% +27%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 MB/s ∼37% -36%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.37 MB/s ∼32% -46%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.59 MB/s ∼33% -43%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 MB/s ∼100% +72%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.59 MB/s ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.56 MB/s ∼86% +48%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
24 MB/s ∼96% +64%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15.34 MB/s ∼61% +5%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.84 MB/s ∼55% -5%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
25 MB/s ∼100% +71%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
78.2 MB/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.91 MB/s ∼75% -25%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
56 MB/s ∼72% -28%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.57 MB/s ∼19% -81%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.06 MB/s ∼15% -85%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
76 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
131.04 MB/s ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
144.73 MB/s ∼99% +10%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
142 MB/s ∼97% +8%
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, Mali-T760 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56.87 MB/s ∼39% -57%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, PowerVR G6200, 16 GB eMMC Flash
126.04 MB/s ∼86% -4%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
146 MB/s ∼100% +11%

Games

Qualcomm's Adreno 405 GPU is a mid-range one, and has problems with demanding games and high resolution. We recorded an average of 32 FPS in our benchmark sequence of the action game "Dead Trigger 2". However, the frame rate recurrently drops and minor stutters evolve. Highest details should not be selected for "Asphalt 8" since it then stutters quite heavily. The speakers are easily covered by the hands when playing in landscape mode. We also experienced some issues with the touchscreen in "Dead Trigger 2". It did not always respond properly to inputs even when the finger was placed on it for quite some time.

"Dead Trigger 2"
"Dead Trigger 2"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
Dead Trigger 2 - high
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405
32 fps ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4
30 fps ∼94% -6%
Asphalt 8: Airborne
high
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4
27 fps ∼100% +29%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405
21 fps ∼78%
very low
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405
26 fps ∼100%

Emissions

Temperature

The MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro always remains agreeably cool. We only achieve around 34 °C (~93 °F) in some places during extreme load, which is absolutely uncritical. As expected, the SoC can maintain its performance even during permanent load. Although the performance diagram of GFXBench battery test looks rather unstable, the fluctuations are within a very small range.

GFXBench: Battery test
GFXBench: Battery test
Max. Load
 29.4 °C33.9 °C34.2 °C 
 28.2 °C30.4 °C33.5 °C 
 27.9 °C29.2 °C33.5 °C 
Maximum: 34.2 °C
Average: 31.1 °C
34 °C34.3 °C29.9 °C
30.9 °C29.6 °C28 °C
29.8 °C29.3 °C27.9 °C
Maximum: 34.3 °C
Average: 30.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  32.6 °C | Room Temperature 21.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-260

Speakers

Speaker test (off, half volume, maximum volume)
Speaker test (off, half volume, maximum volume)

Huawei has equipped the tablet with two speakers situated on the device's sides. They produce a nice stereo sound in landscape mode. However, unfortunately the hands easily cover both modules. Nevertheless, the sound is decent and sufficiently loud at almost 80 dB(A). In addition, Huawei has installed SWS technology to improve the sound. The difference is relatively marginal. Playback via the audio jack also functioned very well. It is loud enough and we did not hear any annoying static. In addition, we tested the tablet with our Bluetooth speaker. Connecting was fast, but some interruptions occurred at about 5 meters (~16 ft).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro needs quite a lot of energy, particularly considering its mediocre performance. It often consumes more than its rivals, especially during low load. Our instrument even displays over 9 watts during load, which is the highest rate among the comparison devices. The included power supply has a nominal output of 10 watts (5 V, 2 A), which is sufficient. However, recharging during load will take a while.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.24 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.58 / 4.12 / 4.15 Watt
Load midlight 6.2 / 9.27 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
615 MSM8939, 1920x1200
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
410 APQ8016, 1024x768
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
Z3735F, 1920x1200
Haier Pad 971
RK3288, 2048x1536
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
MT8135, 1280x800
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Kirin 930, 1920x1200
Power Consumption
10%
-7%
36%
15%
0%
Idle Minimum *
1.58
1.1
30%
1.6
-1%
1.38
13%
1.24
22%
1.6
-1%
Idle Average *
4.12
3.6
13%
4.8
-17%
1.46
65%
3.81
8%
4.13
-0%
Idle Maximum *
4.15
3.9
6%
4.9
-18%
1.6
61%
3.92
6%
4.22
-2%
Load Average *
6.2
6.8
-10%
6.8
-10%
5.06
18%
5.94
4%
6.57
-6%
Load Maximum *
9.27
8.4
9%
8.4
9%
6.95
25%
5.94
36%
8.32
10%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The battery life measurements are also rather mediocre due to the high consumption. We are particularly interested in the two tests based on a brightness set to 150 cd/m². The outcome of almost 7 hours in the Wi-Fi test and 10 hours in the video test are not at all bad seen individually, but almost all rivals last considerably longer in some cases. Another problem is the battery's extremely long recharging time. The active device needs over 4.5 hours before it is completely recharged.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
20h 30min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Chrome 39)
6h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 08min
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
6600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 SM-T555
 mAh
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
 mAh
Haier Pad 971
7800 mAh
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
6660 mAh
Battery Runtime
89%
6%
2%
-5%
14%
Reader / Idle
1230
2950
140%
1564
27%
1142
-7%
988
-20%
H.264
593
532
-10%
624
5%
602
2%
WiFi v1.3
416
862
107%
485
17%
423
2%
450
8%
698
68%
Load
248
297
20%
221
-11%
188
-24%
266
7%

Pros

+ LTE model with phone functionality
+ bright IPS panel
+ device's low temperature development
+ decent battery life
+ decent speakers
+ useful rear-sided camera

Cons

- mediocre performance
- very sluggish card reader
- very long charging time
- poor front camera
- Android 5.1 only

Verdict

In review: Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Huawei Germany.

Contrary to the name, the MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro by Huawei is not a device for professional use. The split view function is not enough for such a claim. Instead, we find a decent tablet for home use that can be used well for making calls. The software is not up-to-date, and it is unlikely that it will be updated. However, Android 5.1 in conjunction with Huawei's EMUI software leaves a well-developed impression. Furthermore, we get a bright IPS panel and decent speakers.

The tablet shows some weakness in performance. Stutters and lags appear recurrently even during normal everyday tasks. A little more power would not have hurt the tablet. The same is also true in terms of the memory card reader. Although we can expand the internal storage via micro-SD card, the reader's low performance will be noticed unfavorably, especially in games or extensive apps.

The MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro is a decent tablet for private use. The LTE version is not exactly cheap, priced at approximately 300 Euros (~$342), and the performance could also be better. However, the review sample does not present any major shortcomings.

Overall, we are rather reluctant to recommend the tablet priced at just under 300 Euros (~$342), especially since the MediaPad M2 from the same manufacturer is sold at around 350 Euros (~$399). Thus, the Wi-Fi only version of the MediaPad T2 that is priced at 240 Euros (~$273) is more attractive. It does not have any serious drawbacks that would deter us from buying it.

Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro - 06/17/2016 v5.1
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
72 / 80 → 90%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
39 / 65 → 59%
Weight
84 / 88 → 92%
Battery
90%
Display
83%
Games Performance
12 / 68 → 18%
Application Performance
32 / 76 → 42%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Camera
71 / 85 → 84%
Average
71%
84%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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