At a time when most manufacturers of high-quality tablets reduced the heat and really interesting suggestions among the novelties in the segment of powerful mini-tablet is becoming every season more and less Huawei releases a very intriguing product called Huawei MediaPad M3. This most powerful machine, fully equipped on the technical side and very attractive from the point of view of appearance, can not fail to attract attention.
Huawei MediaPad M3 has several different versions, including “luxury”, complemented by high-quality headphones AKG H300. In our case such a model is called Luxurious Gold, BTV-DL09. The device goes on sale in a large flat box square shape white matte cardboard.
The packaging is simply decorated with logo and some label gold stamping on a white background, this combination looks the most advantageous in the case of a product in the premium class.
The accessories kit consists of the AC charger (output current 2 A, 5 V), the connecting Micro-USB cable and the above-mentioned high-quality stereo headset with different size sets of rubber ear cushions in-ear type.
Also in the box you find a metal key to extract the cards, and a protective film on the screen, carefully stowed in a separate pocket in the lid of the box.
Appearance Huawei MediaPad M3 is designed in General for most of the latest products of the company design, most of all there is the influence of all-metal smartphone of the series Mate. Same design, by the way, got and fresh line of smartphones Huawei Nova presented simultaneously with the hero of the review during the exhibition IFA in Berlin.
Case Huawei MediaPad M3 is all metal, no plastic end elements, the glass is glued with a sort of one-piece trough made of aluminum, completely covering the inner contents. In metal there is only one small plastic insert — flat socket at the top of the back side of the case, under which hides the antennas and the camera module, the panel itself has a slightly rough texture with a faint pattern of thin longitudinal stripes. It looks stylish, much more interesting than transparent gloss strip at the premium Huawei P9 Plus, for example.
The materials and build quality no complaints, the device is solidly built, with gaps, inconsistencies, depressions and scratches is not detected. Ease of holding with one hand to discuss hardly makes sense — after all, this is a tablet with a screen almost 8.5″ and not a smartphone.
And still camera in one hand can hold, it is quite thin and lightweight, and the matte surface is not too easily soiled. Not to say that the building at the Huawei MediaPad M3 is not slippery, this brushed metal can sometimes become even more slippery than varnished gloss — it all depends on the hands. The impression is that MediaPad M2 was still more slippery than Huawei MediaPad M3. The tablet is quite possible to use on weight, holding it in one hand for extended periods of time, for example, when reading, the device is not too heavy for such purposes.
As for the elements placed on the body, then there is the Huawei MediaPad M3 are all pretty familiar, but there are peculiarities. Among them is the availability of two powerful stereo speakers located at the ends of the device. Thanks to them the tablet sounds so loud and high quality that can give even a simple receiver.
The second feature, unfortunately, negative. Despite the fact that the device implements all the telephone features and interface of conventional smartphones, the speaker had not. That is, Huawei MediaPad M3 can not hold it to your ear like a simple smartphone phone calls it can be used only on speakerphone or through the headset.
Otherwise, assuming the layout on the case, Huawei MediaPad M3 is a usual smartphone, only bigger. On the bottom end, installed a Micro-USB connector, on top is the 3.5 mm Jack for the headphone minijack, on the right is the two mechanical control buttons power, and volume.
The keys are quite large, well grope blindly, have a soft comfortable stroke and clear feedback. The layout of the buttons is such that they need to manage it in portrait mode, which once again confirms that thought Huawei MediaPad M3 as a phablet and not just a tablet. It is a pity that the speaker would not let him, this would help to avoid the inconvenience of connecting the headset for the sake of having to make a phone call.
The bottom end more full of different elements. There is a speaker grille and a Micro-USB connector and the microphone, and even a slot for cards. The tablet is designed to fit a SIM-card format Nano-SIM and one microSD card to work with two SIM cards Huawei MediaPad M3 can not.
Micro-USB connector supports the connection of external flash drives, and other peripherals in the USB OTG mode (USB Host). In practice, the tablet has no trouble connecting a computer mouse and a variety of flash drives through OTG adapter.
To use lying on the table with a tablet handy, as the camera module its not bulging beyond the surface. It should be noted that the rear camera lacks led flash, and it is not the camera on the front.
Front, as usual, placed sensors and a camera lens above the screen, and touch pad fingerprint sensor under the screen. Mechanical buttons under the scanner of fingerprints, to click do not have enough simple touch. Through sensor you can unlock as the device itself, and individual blocked applications. Besides, he is a kind of lightweight in terms of functionality trackpad gestures and taps which you can scroll through the screens and return to the previous page or home screen.
Huawei MediaPad M3 is available in two color options: silver (Silver) and Golden (Gold).
The tablet is equipped with touch screen IPS flat glass without sloping edges. The physical dimensions of the display are 113×182 mm, diagonal — 8.4 inches. The screen resolution is equal to 2560×1600, the point density is 359 ppi. The frame around the screen by tablet standards, is quite thin: about 5 mm on each side and 15 to 18 mm at the top and bottom.
Display brightness automatically adjustment based on the light sensor. The multi-touch technology allows you to process 10 simultaneous touches. In the settings there is an option to change color temperature and saturation, also has a special mode of “protecting view.” Supports management in gloves.
The front surface screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface, resistant to scratches. Judging by the brightness of the reflected object, anti-glare properties of the screen can be a little worse than the Google Nexus 7 (2013) (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, we give the photo, which turned off the screens of both tablets is reflected from the white surface (Huawei MediaPad M3 — right, then they can be distinguished by size):
The screen Huawei MediaPad M3 is a bit lighter, like the Nexus 7 (brightness at photos 124 116 against the Nexus 7). A tripling of the reflected objects in the screen Huawei MediaPad M3 is very weak, this suggests that between the outer glass (touch sensor) and the surface of the matrix no air gap (screen type OGS — One Glass Solution). Due to the smaller number of boundaries with very different coefficients of refraction (such as glass/air) these screens look better in conditions of intense external light, but their repair in case cracked outer glass is much more expensive, because have to change the entire screen. On the outer surface of the screen has a special oleophobic (grease repellent) coating (for efficiency even better than the Nexus 7), so that fingerprints are removed considerably easier, and appear at a slower speed than in the case of ordinary glass.
In terms of the sound from Huawei MediaPad M3 all at the highest level. I’ve never heard from a mobile device such a powerful and rich sound from external speakers. The device is equipped with two powerful stereo speakers are tuned and certified specialists Harman. If you hold the tablet in portrait mode, the bottom speaker plays the role of the subwoofer, and the top is used for high frequencies in the horizontal, landscape orientation both speakers work in pairs, giving a luxurious to the power and richness of the stereo sound. Play games and watch movies on the Huawei MediaPad M3 is a pleasure.
The sound in the headphones also no complaints, sound and complete, and in the third-party quality headphones it turns out thick and rich, with deep bass and a wide frequency spectrum as a whole, the volume satisfies any needs.
For playing melodies using the native player, and as usual, there are no manual settings it is not — it is only possible to switch on or off virtual surround sound Super Wide Sound 3.0. Your tablet uses a sound chip AK4376 D/A of the company Asahi Kasei Microdevices.
The high sensitivity of the microphones, the sound on the recorder is recorded clean, without the slightest noise, noise reduction system with their tasks to cope adequately. The FM radio in your tablet there.
The tablet has two cameras with the same resolution of 8 megapixels and the same maximum aperture of f/2,2. The front camera gives decent quality pictures with good sharpness and detail level selfies this quality more than enough, and for tablets — even more so.
The main camera also shoots for free pretty well, although if viewed from the level of smartphones, then there is no breakthrough and no smell. The camera has a pretty fast autofocus, but no flash, no stabilization function. Control menu is almost the same as in the flagship Huawei smartphones, with manual modes “Pro” for photo and video. In manual mode, as usual, it is possible to independently control focus type, shutter speed, sensitivity (ISO), exposure compensation and white balance. Read more about the capabilities of the camera just below.
Video the camera can shoot with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 at 30 fps, shooting modes 4K (UHD) and no 60 fps. With shooting video the camera copes poorly, and it is, frankly, surprising. The image is loose with low detail. But the quality of the recording sound have no complaints, although the video is of course not the most important thing. The noise reduction system confident to cope with wind noise.
As for the communication part, here Huawei MediaPad M3 is not inferior to modern smartphones (with the exception already mentioned of the speaker). Camera standard works in modern networks 2G GSM and 3G WCDMA, and also has the support networks of the fourth generation LTE, and is supported by maximum number of frequency bands, including those used by domestic operators FDD LTE Band 3, 7 and 20. Use the familiar features of Huawei to improve the quality of connections: Signal+, Wi-Fi+ Roaming+. In practice, in the Moscow region the device confidently recorded and worked in 4G networks, quickly made the re-connection after a breakup, do not lose the connection in zones of uncertain reception.
The tablet is able to work in dual band Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, so that the quality and speed of wireless data transmission had no problems. Is Bluetooth 4.2, but NFC the hero is deprived. Supported Wi-Fi Direct, you can organize a wireless access point through the channels of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. “Smart” Wi-Fi+ allows you to automatically switch between wifi network and mobile data transfer. Micro-USB connector supports the connection of external devices in USB OTG mode.
Navigation module works with GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS, and Chinese Beidou. To speed navigation module, the first satellites detected when a cold start within the first tens of seconds, the position is determined with a minimum error. The device is equipped with a sensor of the magnetic field on the basis of which operates the compass navigation software.
Phone app supports Smart Dial, i.e., during dialing the phone number immediately carried out and the search by first letters in contacts. There is support for continuous input like Swype advanced settings “Swype for Huawei”. There is a special mode of the virtual keyboard for ease of work with two hands.
The tablet goes on sale, being based on a 64-bit version of Google Android 6.0 shell EMUI 4.1. No significant differences between the tablet interface compared to smartphones Huawei no. There is no separate menu for applications, in place of the brand timeline, blind notifications, and lower an additional menu with a flashlight, voice recorder, etc., it is possible to change themes, to place virtual buttons on the screen, there’s a familiar multifunctional virtual control button placed anywhere on the screen. Gesture support is limited only flip to mute and shake to shuffle icons.
The hardware platform of the Huawei MediaPad M3 based on an 8-core SoC HiSilicon Kirin 950. In the SoC includes four efficient 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 with frequency up to 2.3 GHz, complemented by four more simple 64-bit cores Cortex-A53 with a frequency up to 1.8 GHz. For graphics processing meets the Quad-core graphics accelerator Mali-T880 MP4.
The RAM is 4 GB of internal flash memory — 32 or 64 GB (from 32 GB to the user is no more than 23 GB of free space; 64 GB 54 GB). This amount can be increased through microSD cards or by connecting to a USB port flash drive in the USB OTG mode. MicroSD cards are officially supported capacity of up to 128 GB, and in practice, our test card Transcend Premium microSDXC UHS-1 128 GB has been confidently recognized by the device. The memory card can be designated as primary storage.
Kirin 950 SoC, familiar to us for flagship smartphones, Huawei is the top platform of the manufacturer, it’s almost the same Kirin’s flagship 955, but here the maximum operating frequency of the older Cortex-A72 reduced from 2.5 to 2.3 GHz. Everything else is the same, including the graphics core Mali-T880 and the co-processor i5, responsible for the operation of the sensors. The platform is much more powerful than an average level, but compared to true mobile leaders such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung Exynos 8890, it looks decent, especially the graphic part.
Nevertheless, the performance of the hero enough yet to perform any task, including for demanding games, and even in the modern market of Android tablets worthy opponents for Huawei MediaPad M3 is hard to find.
Capacity non-removable battery that is installed in Huawei MediaPad M3 is 5100 mAh — for free it isn’t much, especially considering the large screen with high resolution. It is clear that in this way the developers were able to achieve light weight of the device, but the autonomy was slightly injured. The tablet is clearly not a survivor, though, and a failure level of autonomy is not called, everything is average. Testing was performed without activating any energy saving features.
Continuous reading in the program Moon+ Reader (standard, light theme, with paging with) with a minimum comfort level luminance (brightness was exhibited at 100 CD/m2) which lasts approximately 14 hours. With uninterrupted view Youtube videos in high quality (720p) with the same level of brightness through your home Wi-Fi network the device operates at least 11 hours. In 3D games the device runs almost 6 hours.
Quick charging the tablet there, from the supplied AC adapter camera is fully charge current of 1.5 A at a voltage of 5 V for almost 4 hours. Wireless charging tablet does not support.
Huawei MediaPad M3 is already on sale, the official value determined in the amount of for a standard version of the tablet with 32 GB of internal memory, while the premium version with 64 GB of memory and headphones brand AKG H300 in the kit is estimated at (however, both versions can already be found a little cheaper). This is very bad for high-end phablet with a quality screen with high resolution, stunning sound, powerful hardware system full range of communication capabilities and compact size nice looking metal case. In the aggregate of all the above Huawei MediaPad M3 is now one of the best deals in the market of mini-tablet on Android.