Huawei strikes again with a upper mid-range tablet offering fancy design with sleek performance. The handy gigantic screen is giving you maximum effort in making use of the display. Keen to dig it out? Check this preview.
- Sharp screen
- Lightweight and glossy aluminium frame
- Powerful performance
- Mediocre gaming performance
- No LED Flash
- No USB Type-C
Frame design is one of strongest sectors here. It’s lightweight (at 322g), and built in aluminium casing to impress the user with a strong and an elegant image. The 8.4-inch IPS LCD display is rather big but still comfortable to grasp loosely by one hand. It comes with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution so the details isn’t an issue.
Although the MediaPad M3 was launched slightly after the release of Nougat 7.0, the device still runs Android 6.0 emulated in Huawei’s Emotion UI. But it actually adds several essential features found in the 7.0, such as multi-window app multitasking which allows you to boot up two apps at the same time by long-pressing the square button.
The Emotion UI sometimes can make devices feel sweaty, but the MediaPad M3 thankfully managed to perform seamlessly. All thanks to the 1.8GHz Kirin 950 chipset – running 4 Cortex-A53 cores and 4 Cortex-A72 cores – paired with 4GB of RAM. It features Mali T880 MP4 GPU to further aid the graphical duties.
The gaming performance however will be slower than other high-end tablet with flagship chipset but it’s actually still quite powerful. Many games can be played on this tab without too many lags.
Moving to the camera department, better hope nothing but just standard tablet shooter here. The primary lens is an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and Autofocus. You won’t have big issue in capturing images under the sunlight. As for low light situation, this tablet doesn’t have LED flash for the lighting. The front lens is practically similar to the rear one which is 8MP.
MediaPad M3 runs with the help of a non-removable 5100 mAh battery. It’s does manage to stand a full day under regular use, but when you rely too heavily on the display, the battery tend to drop quickly. The tablet should allow you to watch videos between 7 to 8 hours or even more at one full charge.
Conclusions: Currently selling at €379 (LTE) and €334 (Wi-fi only), the Huawei MediaPad M3 8.0 has plenty to offer. The performance is solid even though the graphics is not a flagship class. There are very limited option nowadays for choosing a tablet, and this M3 probably is for you.