The Huawei MediaPad M3 is like a louder, more affordable Apple iPad Mini 4, that runs Android.
The stylish, aluminum-clad tablet bears a striking resemblance to the iPad Mini 4 ($364.00 at Amazon.com) in design, and its performance is just as powerful, however the Huawei tablet has better speakers and cheaper pricing -- for both Wi-Fi only and LTE models. The Wi-Fi only model will hit the US in December for $299. AU and UK pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
Sight and sound
Tablets are great for media consumption (aka watching hella amounts of Netflix), so it's no surprise that the very literally named MediaPad M3 is one of the best binge-watch-friendly models around. Its got a satisfyingly sharp screen (so streaming HD content looks great) and houses Harman Kardon-tuned speakers on its top and bottom edges (or left and right, if holding horizontally).
The speakers are surprisingly loud, crisp and clear; dialogue in movies was always at the forefront and vocals in music sounded appropriately accentuated. Additionally, with the speakers on each end of the Huawei MediaPad M3, it makes for a more immersive listening experience (even though the iPad Mini 4 also has two speakers, they're both located on the same side of the tablet). The downsides to the Huawei tablet's speakers are the same ones that plague all tablets: audio is tinny at maximum volume and seriously, where's the bass?
Let's be real: all tablets kind of look the same and how one feels in your hands can many times be the deciding factor. (I mean, it's meant to be a handheld device after all.)
|0.7 pound (318 grams)||0.65-pound (298.8g)||.58-pound (265g)|
|8.5-inches (215.mm)||8-inches (203.2mm)||7.8-inches (198.6mm)|
|4.9-inches (124.2mm)||5.3-inches (134.8mm)||5.3-inches (134.8mm)|
|.29-inch (7.3mm)||.24-inch (6.1mm)||.22-inch (5.6mm)|
The Huawei tablet's sleek, aluminum design manages to feel solid and lightweight at the same time. With respect to the Google Pixel C ($570.00 at Amazon.com), it's one of the most posh Android models available. In comparison to the iPad Mini 4, the difference in dimensions are slight. In my opinion, both successfully balance the sleek and solid sweet spot that all tablets should aspire to.
The Huawei MediaPad M3 isn't all beauty and no brains; its performance is as graceful as its design (yes, I equate brains with performance when it comes to tablets). The tablet outperformed the iPad Mini 4 and Samsung Galaxy S2 8.0 in 3DMark, making it one of the fastest Android tablets for gaming.
Big games like Hearthstone launch quickly, however loading times for levels in games like N.O.V.A. 3 and Dead Trigger 2 take around 20 to 30 seconds.