Huawei MediaPad M3 Review : Long live the Tablet

If you think tablets are now gone, Huawei is still one of the brands that are fighting for a slice of the pie. Though the market for tablets is now shrinking, only Huawei is the growing brand in the category and they aim to stay that way to compete with Samsung and Apple.

That’s why you should meet the Huawei Media Pad M3 if you still consider a premium tablet in your gadgets. Honestly, if I only have a dual-sim phone as my primary, then I would use a tablet for more multimedia-centric applications.

Here are the specifications of this tablet

  • 8.4-inch WQXGA IPS display @ 2560 x 1600 pixels, 359ppi
  • 2.3GHz Octa-Core Kirin 950
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 128GB
  • 4G LTE (nano)
  • 8MP AF rear camera
  • 8MP FF front camera
  • WiFi b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Dual Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
  • Huawei EMUI 4.1 (Android 6 Marshmallow)
  • 5100 mAh Li-Poly battery
  • Dimensions 215.5 x 142.2 x 7.3mm

The M3 is a no-fuss premium tablet at one look, it has a full metal back with simple plastic antenna lines at the bottom for signal reception and a white glass strip for the camera and other antennas too.

At 8.4 inches in body with narrow bezels, we can still grip the tablet in one hand but with no success of any one hand operation. Meaning to say, you will have to use two hands for any application here.

The 2k resolution screen is definitely a delight to watch on, something you’ll just experience with high-end tablets. If someone argues with you that a 2k tablet isn’t noticeable with an FHD one, then we bet that even your grandma can tell the difference. Aside from the more crispy resolution, colors are great with a hint of performance enhancement.

Ultimately, the tablet is a medium to look at photos, videos and even other content like presentations and documents more clear and vivid. That’s why you need a tablet with spiked up brightness, contrast, and even saturation…fortunately Huawei definitely got it.

We most definitely love the speakers of this tablet, the dual-speakers tuned by Harman Kardon are outstanding. Without any bias, they are more clear that the iPad Pro in clarity but a bit less in bass. Something audio enthusiasts will love as it goes further into using earphones as the MediaPad M3 is equipped with premium sound processing tools that is found in flagship devices.

Connectivity wise you have a MicroSD slot and one Nano sim slot for use. The tablet doesn’t have the option to use dual-sim, but of course, we won’t recommend that route as well. 4G LTE was great on the tablet, but we weren’t ablet encounter any LTE-A or 4G+ connectivity with the tablet during our use.

You can still do SMS with the tablet, perfect when subscribing to promos when in prepaid. Though there is no earpiece for calls, so you’re stuck in speaker mode by default or connect an earphone with microphone for privacy.

One advantage you can get over a tablet is the multi-screen functionality. Opening two apps like a Facebook and calculator might seem simple for a phone, but it’s nice to do two especially when having multi-app coordination like dates, calculation, and more.

One assuring factor on a high-end tablet is the fingerprint sensor, it’s nice that Huawei’s fast fingerprint is still present even on a tablet. Registration was quick and easy, and we didn’t encounter much problematic recognition.

The package includes a screen protector, Micro USB cable, and a standard 2A charger. No earphones, unfortunately, no earphones included, and Huawei could have pre-installed the screen protector as applying a big sheet could lead to many errors and even bubbles.

Camera – Decent Shooter

The 8MP front and back cameras are enough for decent shooting, you won’t really see people shooting today on a tablet but for that rare occasion…then it will get the job done with decent colors and details.

Just don’t expect a night photography class level using this tablet. The cameras are more of instant shooting when needed and in-the-moment.

The MediaPad M3 got a fairly high score of 92,000 at our AnTuTu benchmark and we didn’t encounter any hiccups or delay using the tablet. Technically, it’s meant for big consumpiton and even watching your latest stream shows with clarity.

The M3 has a 5,100mAh battery which can charge up to 2.4A or 2 hours in charging time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have Huawei’s SuperCharge technology…something we would love to see as charging a large battery capacity can lead you to be impatient.

Generally, one charge lasted us a day, nothing special and quite expected on a tablet its size. So just make sure to charge it before you sleep for another full day of battery.

Overall the Huawei Media Pad M3 will cost you Php18,990 and it’s definitely not bad for an 8.4-inch tablet. Though we would like Huawei to retain the earpiece for those rare call opportunities…but we think it’s a point where Huawei shouts that you shouldn’t put a giant tablet in your ear and use an earphone instead.

But then again, you won’t see much tablets with great features at sub-20k. Even Samsung’s latest tablets can cost a kidney, so we think Huawei got the right price for those who are serious about a tablet that can do more than just mobile legends.

What we love about the M3

  • Outstanding speakers
  • Great display
  • Fast performance

What we think M3 could have improved on

  • Earpiece could have been still there
  • No Huawei Supercharge (fast charge)
  • No earphone and screen protector is not pre-installed