Which region are you? What is your device name?
Model STF-L09 - Build 188.8.131.52 (C432E2R1P5) - it's UK SIM-free model purchased Feb last year. I've never had to push hicare for an update either.
Got it in the UK this morning.
Does it seem to be a problem for the lte versions only? Is anyone with a wifi only tablet experiencing this problem?
I've a wifi only M5 8 - both 2.4 and 5GHz wifi is fine for me on Emui 9.
Got EMUI 9 on my UK m5 8 (wifi) last night.
forget it : honor / huawei = no update
Don't be daft - my Honor 9 has had quite a few updates in the last year, and so has my MediaPad M5. I'm certainly happier than I was on my previous handset manufacturer, which was Motorola....