The MediaPad M3 is one of the handiest tablets on the current market, with a display that measures 8.4 inches diagonally. The tablet computer uses Android 6.0. The latest Kirin-950-SoC (system-on-chip), which can be accessible Huawei top-class smartphone Mate 8, provides a speedy response user interface. Huawei has put special emphasis on the speakers of the audio specialist Harman/Kardon. The German market provides the MediaPad M3 just in silver, whereas the global market offers also the gold version.
Our test indicates that on the one hand, the MediaPad M3 has to compete against its own predecessor and on the flip side, it meets the standards of several competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and the Apple iPad Mini 4. The Asus ZenPad 3 8.0, as well as the Xiaomi MiPad 2, were also used for comparison.
Because of this, it can be held in 1 hand in portrait style. According to Huawei, the weight of this version has changed from 330 to 310 grams (~11.6 to ~11 ounces) – our evaluation device weighed 322 g (~11.4 ounces), which was slightly more than indicated, hence the devices are also mostly similar in this regard.
Once more, metal is used as the case material, which gives the tablet a high-quality appearance as a result of its matt surface along with the wash workmanship. In addition to narrow antenna bits, a white glossy surface in the area of the most important camera interrupts the substance, which is reminiscent of this Huawei current top-of-the-line P9 smartphone. The entire front is covered with glass, with a protective plastic picture included. Unlike its own predecessor, the screen has no longer a broad black frame, but a coherent white surface.
The tablet feels very stable thanks to the choice of substances, even if it’s subject to a solid force or tensional distortion. The display doesn’t deform under mild pressure. But, putting stress on the margins induces little waves to seem.
Along with some 3.5-mm headset jack, the MediaPad M3 has a standard micro-USB port. It is surprising that Huawei’s tablet doesn’t come with the contemporary USB Type-C connector for example its current top smartphones do. However, a good part is that OTG adapters can be used to connect external devices such as external keyboards or USB sticks. On delivery, our test model had about 23 GB of internal memory free. The removable disk is formatted as portable memory, meaning that programs can’t be installed directly there. At the manufacturer has changed the conventional path in the settings for your SD card, but then a few programs are saved in the memory. However, if the user has chosen the option to save certain data on the SD card, then at the least that is transferred there.
For wireless connections, AC-WLAN and Bluetooth 4.1 may be used. The MediaPad M3 additionally supports picture transmission via Miracast. But this link could not be established when employing an Amazon Fire TV stick.
A small RGB notification LED lighting is installed to the left of the front camera. Even though it isn’t feasible to configure it by way of on-board equipment, it is still possible to control it via a third-party app.
The MediaPad M3, as with all recent Android devices from Huawei, utilizes the in-house user interface, EMUI. The device utilizes Android 6.0 along with also the EMUI 4.1. We still do not know when this tablet could be updated to the most recent edition of Android 7.0 Nougat. Huawei has modified the system considerably in contrast to standard Android, both in terms of appearance and handling. For instance, the usual app drawer is lost and the menu (accessible through swipe gesture from the surface of the display ) is divided into separate tabs for notifications and quick settings.
Along with the compulsory Google programs and some Huawei apps, such as the Tablet Manager, the HiCare program and various programs, the MediaPad M3 also comprises several pre-installed third-party apps: Facebook, Shazam, News Republic, Twitter, Booking.com, Instagram, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. If these apps aren’t needed, they can be uninstalled.
Communication and GPS
The WLAN card of this MediaPad M3 supports the AC conventional and, with a suitable access point, it provides fast data transfers. Our Linksys EA8500 reference router reached an average of 209 Mb/s when sending and receiving information. As a result, this tablet computer belongs more to the lower range for devices with AC-WLAN, whereas the Google Pixel XL, a high-end smartphone, provides a higher data throughput, among other things, thanks to MIMO technology at up to 515 Mb/s. The MediaPad M3 can clearly outperform lots of the devices, which support just N-WLAN, like the Lenovo Moto Z Perform .
Concerning wireless range, there are no complaints: at the test setup, the tablet had an above-average stable link in both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands, even in a greater distance in the router.