Huawei MediaPad M3 Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Huawei Mediapad M3 is Huawei’s answer to the premium 8.0-inch entertainment tablet market. It arrived in Malaysia back in October 2016 with the Huawei Nova Plus, it’s available in 2 models: 32GB and 64GB. The 32GB model starts at RM1699 and the 64GB will set you back at RM1999. It slots just below the top of the line MateBook, and at this time, there’s only a 8-inch display model available.

Unboxing

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To show its premium quality, the white box that it came with is big but thin, and most of the colours of the writings on the box reflects the actual colour of the tablet. Lifting the front flap up, the tablet is immediately presented on the left, while the accessories are located on the right. It does not come with much accessories, just a USB wall adapter, microUSB cable for charging and syncing, along with some documentations to get you started. As an added bonus, you do get a standard screen protector as well.

First Impressions

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You can definitely feel its premium and solid build quality when you pick the Mediapad M3 up. It’s aimed towards the higher end of the tablet market, and the exterior of this thing definitely screams quality. While the use of materials is familiar compared to other devices we’ve seen in the past with a glass front panel and metal rear, it feels solid and well-weighted.

The front features an 8.4-inch display with 2K resolution (1600 X 2560 pixels) and IPS backlighting. The bottom of the display features a fingerprint reader for unlocking the tablet, which also acts as a touch button. It’s not a physical button as found on most other devices, but it can also operate the device. It will only send a haptic feedback when a finger rests on it over a certain amount of time, which simulates the press of a home button. Like the Wiko ufeel Prime, you can operate the Android controls both ways, and the latter is using on-screen navigation controls, and the added benefit over the ufeel Prime is that you can choose to have either one turned on or both. Huawei has done a good job keeping the top of the display looking clean and free of small holes for the sensors and earpiece, except for the 8-megapixel camera. And even though this device has telephony functionality, there’s no earpiece.

There’s nothing on the left, and the right houses the usual power button and volume rockers. The top and bottom houses stereo speakers that are co-engineered with Harmon Kardon, and it makes sense and works when the device is in landscape mode, perfect for watching videos. The 3.5mm earphone jack is located on the top, while the microUSB port is located at the bottom for charging and data transfer. The ejectable 2-slot tray is at the bottom as well. While it comes in 2 slots, there are no dual-SIM support for this device, so there’s a dedicated slot for microSD card as storage expansion, and it will take cards up to 256GB. The other slot is for a nanoSIM card.

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There’s really nothing much going on at the back. It’s clean, slightly curved on the edges and only has an 8-megapixel rear camera. There’s no laser assisted autofocus or even LED flash. The Huawei and Harmon Kardon branding can be found on the back either.

Specs

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The Huawei MediaPad M3 is rocking Huawei’s in-house processor – the Kirin 950 which is the same as the Honor 8. The 8-core processor can go up to 2.3GHz on 4 of its primary cores, and the remaining is clocked at 1.8GHz. It goes against some of the top tiers in the mobile industry market, and one of its famous competitor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Working along with the Kirin 950 is 4GB of RAM. Basically it has almost the same processing power as the Honor 8, just that it has more pixels and larger display to deal with. It runs Android 6.0 right out of the box, with Huawei’s heavy EMUI 4.1 skin on top. Powering all of that is a 5100mAh battery without any form of quick charging, and it will only take up to 2A of current. It’s available in either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, both of which will take microSD cards for storage expansion. The tablet is available in 2 colours – gold and silver.