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In the age of where smartphones thrive, it is really hard for tablets to get into the limelight, because for the past months we see the shrinking of tablet sales mainly because of two things: the rise of 2-in-1 laptops and phablets. But how and where does really the tablet stands nowadays? Personally I think brands don’t really know what people are mostly looking into when purchasing this kind of device which on the other hand, Huawei managed to changed the tone for a bit with their new MediaPad M3, check-out our full review below to find out why:

Huawei MediaPad M3
Huawei MediaPad M3

Design and Construction

The Huawei MediaPad M3 is truly one of the best-looking tablets out there, its entire body is covered with metal aluminum and glass to give you that premium look. The back surface is not a fingerprint magnet which is a good thing, I feel comfortable holding it with either one and both hands thanks to its curved and refined edges.

At the top is where you can see its 8-megapixel selfie camera and a 3.5mm audio jack, the bottom part features a fingerprint scanner, a micro USB port which is a let down for me and sim card tray that supports a NANO sim card and micro SD card for memory expansion.

One thing I didn’t like is the absence of capacitive buttons. Instead, they implemented gestures on the home button for switching in-between apps which takes time for me to get use to it.

Huawei is proud to announce its partnership with harmon/kardon for its dual speaker-setup on the MediaPad M3. Honestly for me, this is its BEST feature, the audio quality is so good and precise that sometimes I don’t have to connect it on my speakers while in my room or in the shower. Placing it on both ends on the tablet makes it an ideal portable media device. The only time you would distort its sound is when playing games in landscape mode, but hey you cannot always get the good things right?

Display

Perfect for Binge Watching!
Perfect for Binge Watching!

As a multimedia device we expect a good display resolution which the MediaPad M3 has. The 8.4-inch device sports a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution with IPS display for great viewing angles. I was hoping for an AMOLED display but I don’t mind at all because it is not that quite different with IPS, both are actually great for mobile devices.

Huawei MediaPad M3
Huawei MediaPad M3

I use it all the time especially when I watch my favorite shows on Netflix. I didn’t experience any problems with it, all images and videos are crisp and well-detailed. However, I don’t recommend using it in direct sunlight, I barely see the screen even if I maxed out its brightness. This might be its only disadvantage because of having IPS screens instead of AMOLED but overall, I can give it 8 stars out of 10.

Performance

AnTuTu Benchmark score of Huawei MediaPad M3
AnTuTu Benchmark score of Huawei MediaPad M3

Inside the Huawei MediaPad M3 is its in-house chip, the HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor. (4 cores A72 at 2.3GHz and 4 cores A53 at 1.8GHz) and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. Playing games with this device is an absolute delight, I tried putting in Mobile Legends, PlantsVSZombies 2 and Marvel: Champions and I haven’t encountered any issues with it, yes there are some small frame skips which is not that noticeable, perhaps the 4GB LPDDR4 RAM helps it to keep it at bay. As per the benchmarks, although it is not that as impressive as the other devices you have to take note that the CPU/GPU powers a big 8.4-inch WQHD screen.

Camera

Although camera isn’t the number 1 priority for tablets, the MediaPad M3’s shooter doesn’t disappoint, the 8-megapixel rear and front cameras captured decent images in broad daylight but suffers in low-lit areas. Checkout the sample pictures below:

Battery

To compensate for the high pixel count of the tablet, they put in a large Lithium-Polymer 5100 mAh battery inside. On my average use (Netflix, Web Browsing, minimal games played), it lasted about 6-7 hours which is pretty decent considering the screen size.

However, if you turn-off the Wifi or data and just watch on your Netflix it can give you 8 hours at the most which is good news for binge-watchers.

Charging time needs to be improved though, It took about 2 hours just to fill it up from 0%. I suggest you keep a powerbank with you all the time especially when you always play games with it.

Overall, the Huawei MediaPad M3 is what I expect in a tablet, an excellent dual-speaker setup, great resolution and also can be used as a mobile device all for under 40k. There may be some flaws but it completely overshadowed by the good ones.

Biggest Up for me? the Audio quality. Biggest Down? the absence of capacitive buttons.

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Overall Score

Huawei MediaPad M3 full specs via Huawei Website:

COLOUR
  • Luxurious Gold
  • Moonlight Silver
DISPLAY

Size: 8.4-inch

Type: IPS

Resolution: WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels), 359 pixels per inch (PPI)

Brightness: 400 nits (typ)

CPU

Huawei HiSilicon Kirin octa-core processor (4 x A72@2.3 GHz + 4 x A53@1.8 GHz)

OPERATION SYSTEM

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1

MEMORY

32 GB (Standard)

RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4

NETWORK

BTV-DL09:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

UMTS: Band1/2/5/6/8/19

TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39

LTE-TDD: Band 38/39/40/41(100MHz)

LTE-FDD: Band 1/3/5/7/8/19/20/28

GPS

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, and Beidou Satellite Navigation Systems

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz (Products delivered to markets that impose FCC certification requirements do not support 802.11 a/ac at 5 GHz Wi-Fi)

SENSORS

Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, Hall effect sensor, fingerprint sensor

CAMERA

Front camera: 8 MP, fixed focus

Rear camera: 8 MP, autofocus

MIC

Built-in microphone

SPEAKER

Dual speakers

PORTS

3.5 mm stereo headset jack

microSD: supports cards up to 128 GB

Micro USB port that supports PC sync, charging, and other functions

Nano-SIM card slot

AUDIO

SWS 3.0 stereo sound effect

Supported formats: MP3/FLAC/APE/WAV/OGG/MIDI/3GP/AAC and other popular formats

VIDEO

Video formats: MP4/3GP/3G2/ASF/AVI/MKV/WEBM

EMOTION UI

EMUI 4.1

BATTERY

Type: lithium polymer

Capacity: 3.82 V, 5100 mAh

POWER ADAPTER

Input: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC, 2 A

IN THE BOX

Tablet×1

Charger×1

Micro USB Charging/Data Cable×1

Quick Start Guide×1
Screen Protector×1

Warranty Card×1