As Huawei expands its MatePad lineup, the MatePad T 10S falls somewhere between the premium mid-range MatePad and the entry-level MatePad T 8. The MatePad T 10S, as a mid-range model, has the same features as its more expensive sibling, such as USB-C, Harman Kardon-tuned speakers and thinner bezels at a better price.
Before you say that the Huawei MatePad T10s uses a two-year-old processor, you should know that the Kirin 710A is completely different from the Kirin 710 and Kirin 710F. Despite the same name, the Kirin 710A is manufactured by the Chinese company SMIC, not Taiwan-based TSMC. The Kirin 710A uses the 14nm process technology instead of the 12nm process technology used in the Kirin 710 and 710F, resulting in a lower 2.0 GHz clock speed.
Overall, the Kirin 710A scores slightly lower in all respects. compared to the Kirin 710. The lower scores are barely noticeable when playing games or using general performance. However, the 14nm process makes this relatively new processor obsolete given competitors are moving to 10nm or newer architectures.
The MatePad T 10S's 5,100mAh battery seems small for a device with a 10-inch display. In real life, you will use your tablet for at least one day before plugging it in.
The MatePad T 10S is charged via USB-C, and its 10W charge allows you to recharge the battery to 100% in about 4 hours.
Like all modern Huawei devices, the MatePad runs EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10 with Huawei Mobile Services. Your favorite apps can be downloaded through the App Gallery or Petal Search if they are not available in Huawei's own app store.
The MatePad T 10S combines the design language of both the MatePad and the MatePad T 8. It shares the design DNA of the MatePad T 8 with an aluminum back and plastic antenna strip, as well as a protruding circular module for its 5MP camera. Unlike the MatePad T 8 and the non-S MatePad T 10s model, you get stereo speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.
As for the display, the MatePad T 10S uses the same design language as the MatePad: thin bezels around 10. 1-inch IPS display and 2-megapixel selfie camera located in landscape orientation. Unlike its more expensive sibling, the MatePad T 10S has a headphone jack if you prefer to listen to your favorite music with it.
Display and speakers
As the name suggests, the MatePad T 10S features a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x; 1200 Full HD equivalent and Huawei's ClariVu technology for crystal clear images. The brightness of the MatePad T 10s is great even for outdoor use, and its adaptive brightness setting is accurate.
The MatePad T 10S stereo speakers are loud and stay true even at 100% volume. Their soundstage is more focused on the midrange, although the bass and treble remain audible even at maximum volume.
Like the MatePad T 10 and T 8, you get the same set of cameras. as the MatePad T 10S: 5MP F/2.2 rear camera and 2MP F/2.0 front camera. Tablets are not meant for photography, so you'll have to live up to your expectations with the MatePad T 10S.
Note that both cameras require a good amount of light to take decent photos. Due to the opening of the aperture and the lack of a dedicated night mode, photos taken in low light are cloudy. Taking pictures with the MatePad T 10S is not recommended unless you really need to instantly capture a moment.
The MatePad T 10S is the middle child in Huawei's expanding MatePad lineup. It is the perfect balance between the more expensive MatePad and the more affordable MatePad T 10 and T 8. It has all the benefits of a MatePad with Full HD display and USB-C at a more affordable price point for consumers.