Endangered Species: Huawei MediaPad M3 Review

Endangered Species: Huawei MediaPad M3 Review
Endangered Species: Huawei MediaPad M3 Review

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Tablets are not doing well at the end of 2016. It seems that those who wanted to have already bought them, and if not, they hardly regret it. For many, tablets have replaced smartphones, whose average diagonal has grown over the past couple of years. And if, apparently, there is still demand for hybrids and "large" tablets - Apple released the iPad Pro, Microsoft is developing Surface - then compact models, especially flagship ones, have ceased to come out. The same iPad mini 4, the last in its line, was released over a year ago, already in September 2015.

So, oddly enough, the new Huawei tablet simply does not have any special competitors. It remains to find out whether he is good on his own or a representative of the category "for no fish"?

Huawei's design has been more than good lately, and the Mediapad M3 is no exception. Neat and well-assembled, with narrow bezels around the screen, the metal tablet makes a very pleasant impression. It doesn't look too much like an iPad and doesn't look like it's an oversized smartphone (like many Android tablets), and it's also quite lightweight and comfortable to hold. In general, the Mediapad gets a big plus for its looks and ergonomics.

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Photo: huawei.ru

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The diagonal of the display is 8.4 inches, and, in my opinion, it is matched almost perfectly. The display is not too big to be completely impossible to operate with one hand, but it is noticeably larger than that of my 5.5-inch smartphone. And thanks to its compact size, the device fits easily into the pocket of a down jacket.

The display is the face of any tablet and the Mediapad M3 does not need any plastic surgery. Quad HD resolution provides excellent picture clarity, color reproduction is generally good, as well as brightness. If you find fault, then you can notice that the white color fades into blue, this is especially noticeable when comparing the Mediapad display to a more accurately calibrated MacBook or iPhone. But this does not interfere with enjoying the content on a tablet, plus the color settings can be adjusted to your taste, as if in AMOLED matrices.

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The compact Mediapad M2 suffered from monstrous performance issues, but the M3 fortunately spared that fate. Moreover, in synthetic tests, the new Huawei tablet is the most powerful Android tablet in principle, thanks to the eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor and four gigabytes of RAM. Tests do not always show the real state of affairs - but not in the case of the Mediapad M3: during the entire testing period, I have never noticed that it starts to slow down or reboot spontaneously. The only thing is that the graphics capabilities of the Huawei chip are still inferior to the popular Qualcomm solutions, so that some 3D games the tablet at maximum settings may not digest. However, there are not so many “gluttonous” applications.

The word "Media" is in the name of the tablet for a reason: the Chinese clearly position their tablet as a universal device for consuming content. Therefore, it was equipped with two stereo speakers and a dedicated digital-to-analog converter, which, in theory, should radically improve the sound quality of the tablet. The speakers are very loud - you can easily watch movies without headphones even during the day, and taking the tablet to the bathroom as an audio player is a pleasure. Of course, this is not the level of wireless speakers, but the very fact that I compare the speakers of an eight-inch tablet with them says a lot.

As for the sound in the headphones, the situation here is the same as in the ZTE Axon 7: it is very good, but don't expect any revelations from it. The sound is loud and clear enough, much better than in the vast majority of Android devices, but it cannot replace an expensive player for audiophiles. And yes, a whole bunch of "uluchshayzers" with incomprehensible names are still absolutely useless and you should turn them off at the first opportunity.

With cameras, everything is also without revelations, and the situation here is the same as with budget smartphones: you can shoot during the day, you should not shoot in the evening, and you won't be able to do it at night. The battery life is also not encouraging - perhaps the main drawback of the tablet. A large battery did not fit into a thin case, and a screen with a huge resolution, coupled with a powerful processor, will easily suck all the juices out of it in a day.

But the MediaPad is equipped with a SIM card module and supports 4G. There is also a fingerprint scanner - it works quickly and works in 99% of cases. If only the fingers were dry.

Photo: huawei.ru
Photo: huawei.ru

© huawei.ru

Has the absence of competitors played into the hands of Huawei ? Of course - but objectively speaking, the MediaPad M3 has practically no serious drawbacks. If you are looking for a compact and beautiful tablet (and not an iPad) this is probably the best option by far.>

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