• Display: 8.4 inches (2,500x1,600)
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 950
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR
  • Storage: 32GB, 64GB (expandable via MicroSD)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • Camera: 8.0MP (Rear-facing), 8.0MP (front-facing)
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Sound quality
  • Cons:
  • None

The Tablet Makes A Return

Tablet devices used to sell like hotcakes when they were first introduced, with named brands such as Apple’s iPads taking a huge chunk of the pie. Android-based tablets have seen a fair share of the market too, but has dropped almost immediately as fast as they took off. Huawei looks to defy market norms with the Huawei MediaPad M3.

The Huawei MediaPad M3 sports an 8.4 inch WQXGA (2,560×1,600 pixels) IPS display, which is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 950 processor, alongside 4GBs of LPDDR4 RAM and up to 64GBs of RAM which can be expanded even further by a microSD cards. At the time of writing, the MediaPad M3 runs Android 6.0 and EMUI 4.0.

Crafted using aerospace-grade aluminium, the MediaPad M3 is both light and sturdy, with its chassis sculpted from a single block using a 5-axis CNC machine, with Huawei making sure that the product is the best slate device that the company can offer in terms of performance and craftsmanship.

At the back, the MediaPad M3 sports an 8.0MP camera, which takes some decent enough photos, and the front-facing 8.0MP camera does similar as well. On top of that, the MediaPad M3 also sports a whopping 5,100mAh battery, which allows the tablet to last a whole day and a bit more.

On top of that, the MediaPad M3 also supports LTE Cat 4 connection, so you can have the fastest mobile internet speeds, even when you’re not connected to a WiFi connection. The tablet supports the use of a nano-SIM card, so you can pick and choose your favourite telco and get started on surfing the internet immediately.

As far as performance goes, the MediaPad M3 is amazing in many regards. Thanks to the Kirin 950 processor, the tablet hardly lags even when running some of the most intensive media operations, such as running games, even with several background processes running.

The speakers on the tablet are also a big selling point. Huawei’s SWS 3.0 audio technology is used here, with two laterally positioned speakers creating a soundstage that sounds incredibly detailed. If you want to go with earphones for a more private listening experience, the MediaPad M3 also comes with a pair of AKG H300 earphones that are co-engineered with the minds at Huawei.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Huawei MediaPad M3 is a great media consumption device. Combining a powerful processor, a high-res display, as well as amazing-sounding speakers and earphones, Huawei may have just the slate device on their hands that can be considered still relevant today.

(previously published in issue February 2017)

Huawei MediaPad M3