Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

Just closer to the new year sales Huawei introduced a new tablet Huawei MediaPad M3. After the first two generations of Huawei has released now the third iteration. As you can see from the specs change a lot. Let’s see how interesting it turned out new.

Unlike many other manufacturers, curtailed the development of its tablet, Huawei regularly presents its new products. Though not with such fanfare as before. The new tablet Huawei MediaPad M3 was first shown at IFA. While the eight versions (gold and silver, with 32 and 64GB of memory, LTE or WiFi only), but the display is the same everywhere and 8.4″. Whether, as in the case of MediaPad M2, are 10-inch model is still unknown. If you focus on the previous layout, the tablet may be announced at the conference MWC in late February.

In Europe, Huawei is asking for tablets from 349 to 449 euros, test the model with 32 GB memory and LTE module costs 399 euros, but it’s the recommended price in retail tablet can be bought from 370 euros.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

Larger, thinner, lighter, better

Compared to MediaPad M2 8.0 the tablet Huawei MediaPad M3 got an increase in height and width, with 214,8 x 124,0 x 215,5 on to 124.2 mm. But the difference is noticeable only when compared directly, it is associated with a larger diagonal display. Battery capacity increased, but the case became about 0.5 mm thinner now the thickness is 7.3 mm. Also Huawei has managed to reduce the weight of the tablet, it dropped to 310 g.

The housing consists, for the most part, made of aluminum, only on the back you can see a thin plastic strip. In this regard, the tablet is very similar to the latest smartphones P9 and nova. Also seems familiar and sloping to the sides of the heel counter and sidewalls. However, here is the new tablet seems much more modern than the predecessor. Otherwise we found nothing remarkable, except that the fingerprint sensor under the display. On the origin of the tablet can be recognized by a small logo on the back or on the name of the manufacturer on the front panel.

The quality of workmanship and materials Huawei MediaPad M3 raises no objections, here Huawei showed their best side.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

The ergonomics of the tablet is consistent with the usage scenarios, although will like it not all. The layout of the buttons on the right panel, and fingerprint sensor hinted at portrait mode, but the dynamics above and below indicate work in landscape orientation. If you choose portrait mode, then to the buttons on the right side will be easy to reach with the index finger of the right hand, in landscape orientation, the hands blocking the speakers.

Hands off work with the tablet begin to get tired just after prolonged use, although the grip with the heel could be better. The display occupies about 76% of the front panel compared to the competitors level is relatively good.

Display Huawei MediaPad M3 with bluish undertones

Display pleased with a maximum brightness of 403 CD/m2 and contrast 1.672:1. It not only avoids in this respect predecessor, but is better than the competitors. With the tablet Huawei MediaPad M3 can be quite comfortable to work in bright environments, the problems can only arise in the case of direct sunlight.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

IPS panel delivers natural color reproduction and wide viewing angles. Except that the temperature of the white point is not all good. Nominally, it is configured to a quite cold level To 8,900 and, but there is manual adjustment. Unfortunately, manually we are unable to set the temperature To less than 8.200, so the blue on white colors is difficult to get rid of. Some compensation for the situation high resolution 2.560 x 1.600 pixels for a diagonal of 8.4″.

Available and special read mode. It reduces the amount of blue, so your eyes will get less tired.

Kirin 950 provides a performance increase

Huawei MediaPad M3 took a step forward in performance. The processor Kirin 930 predecessor gave way to Kirin 950, which is familiar to us on the phone Mate and 8, in a modified form, at P9. The main change is related to the types of cores. Processor based on four Cortex-A53 and four Cortex-A72 at a frequency of 1.8 and 2.3 GHz, respectively, instead of eight cores Cortex A53 at frequencies of 1.5 and 2.0 GHz. Was installed and more modern Mali T880 GPU Mali T628 MP4 is MP4. Finally, I changed the process. Kirin 950 manufactured by the technology of 16 nm FinFET Plus is 28 nm HPC. As a result, we need to not only increase performance but also efficiency. Actually, that’s what we saw in the case of the mentioned smartphones Huawei.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

In 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited), the tablet showed an increase of 25% to 15.300 points in AnTuTu 5 score is higher by almost 30%. In other tests Huawei MediaPad M3 is also faster than its predecessor. For example, the bandwidth of the internal memory we got to 100 and 66 MB/s in reading and writing. As for memory, here we get 4 GB standard memory LPDDR4.

The tablet is equipped with enhanced graphics core, although due to the high native resolution, we don’t always get a smooth frame rate in games. But for video playback, surfing or office applications the performance is sufficient, no problems. However, it should be remembered that Huawei MediaPad M3 for its price range gives results slightly above average.

Huawei MediaPad M3: Interfaces, camera, battery, conclusion

Fast LTE and WLAN

Huawei smartphones in similar price categories: sets only a slow WLAN, but Huawei MediaPad M3 supports the latest 802.11 ac standard. We also note the support for Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 micro USB female connector, but NFC is missing. If you choose a tablet with LTE, due to the Cat 4 download speed will be limited to 150 Mbps download speed 50 Mbit/s.

The fingerprint sensor under the display useful not only to unlock the tablet, but also during operation. It, for example, can be used to navigate to the home screen or to access the latest applications.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

Huawei has decided to re-focus stereo speakers. They were developed in collaboration with Harman/Kardon AKM and, therefore, the manufacturer said the unprecedented quality and natural reproduction of all nuances. But, if we ignore advertising, the quality is really very decent. Distortion starts to occur when the volume level is more than 75%. If you do not twist the volume is above average, the lack of low frequencies will be noticeable not so much.

Images Huawei MediaPad M3 is not impressive

Huawei slightly optimized the camera of the tablet. From the rear left sensor is 8 megapixels with an aperture of f2,0 and autofocus, but the front sensor is installed not on 2 MP, as in the case of MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro and 8 MP. Aperture is f2,0, fixed focus. The predecessor MediaPad 8.0 M2 had an LED flash, but now it was abandoned. Of course, in our tests M2 flash proved to be not so good, but, nevertheless, she was. Camera app copied from smartphones. The structure is simple and clear, all the settings and modes has its own menu. Note the presence of the professional modes for photos and videos, the Time Lapse feature and various other options, such as HDR.

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet

The picture quality is above average. In cloudy weather the pictures seem dirty and noisy, although the camera quite a long time trying to keep a low ISO value. When the stage lighting is better the colors and details, for the most part, remain, but on the borders of the picture still noticeable blur, even if it is only visible when zooming in.

The front camera can be traced to the same weakness, but the photos seem a little lighter. However, for the selfie quality is usually sufficient. But about the video this is not to say. When shooting video pretty quickly., digital stabilization system is unconvincing. But there is nothing new.

The battery life

Advantage MediaPad 8.0 M2 was the battery life, although it still was less than the stated value. In the case of a successor to Huawei no longer indicates the time of Autonomous work on the home page. However, battery capacity has increased from 4,800-5.100 mAh, although the resolution of the display of Huawei MediaPad M3 is also increased. Finally, we get a new SoC and operating system.

The changes were enough to tablet worked for longer without charging. In test, streaming video Full HD tablet lasted about ten hours, 8% longer MediaPad 8.0 M2. Under load PCMark advantage was about 16%, that is, the tablet had to be charged after about seven hours. Both values are quite good, so the MediaPad tablet is well suited for long trips.

However, the charger has a power of only 10 watts, so charging is not the fastest.

Again 6.0 and Android 4.1 EMUI

Not only for smartphone nova, but for a new tablet, Huawei has chosen a combination of the Android system 6.0 and shell EMUI 4.1 – though not the most recent, but proven. Compared to the previously presented smartphone in terms of functionality, nothing has changed. Separately menu with no applications, programs delivered to your desktop in the style of iOS. Compared to “pure” Android changed the settings menu, it is also possible to widely change the design. Finally, additional tools to monitor and optimize the system.

Unfortunately, Huawei was fascinated by the installation of adware applications. However, some of them, like Facebook, users still install. And remove unnecessary apps pretty quickly. But there are a couple of comments. In addition to the activated support SWS 3.0 Huawei removed any speaker setup options. Also in EMUI is not supported landscape mode – this option seems to remain the prerogative of the 10-inch tablets.

It is unknown whether released for free the update to Android 5.0 and 7.0 EMUI.


Better display, more performance and more battery life: for all these criteria tablet Huawei MediaPad M3 was better than its predecessor. Compared to competitors it is also shows itself quite well. Housing seemed to us quite convincing in quality workmanship and feel of the dynamics it is better than many competitors in terms of equipment either.

But the potential for improvement is. Performance is sufficient for many scenarios, but in some places I would like to get a speed boost. The camera is also disappointing, its Huawei MediaPad M3 can only be used for snapshots. Finally, we should mention the software. As in the case of MediaPad M2, the manufacturer has not installed the latest version of Android, there is no possibility of switching to landscape mode

Therefore Huawei MediaPad M3 is not up to our General recommendations. He could do with a performance increase, and the color temperature is too cold. But the ratio quality/price tablet has proved very convincing. Few manufacturers offer 8-inch tablets with similar equipment for the price.

Of the alternatives can be noted Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 LTE (we tested the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 LTE) at a price of 25.1 thousand rubles, or € 370. If you want to save money, you can take Huawei MediaPad M3 WiFi version for 320 euros, while in Russia at the time of publication we have not found. ASUS ZenPad S8.0 you can buy cheaper, but the equipment had worse. Like the more expensive Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0.

Advantages Huawei MediaPad M3:

  • Quality housing
  • Expandable memory
  • Good display overall
  • Good speakers
  • Good battery life

Disadvantages Huawei MediaPad M3:

  • The software is not very good adapted to the tablet

Source: huawei

Huawei MediaPad M3 review and test: third generation of popular tablet was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby