A wolf in a smooth metal casing? It’s pretty to look at, beautiful to hold, streamlined, and has a ginormous specification. What more could anyone ask for. Everything about the M3 can be summed up in one word. Smooth. The finish is spectacular and the performance is, well, extremely smooth. It’s definitely up there with the iPad’s and Samsung’s of the world. Yes, that includes price wise too. Don’t let that deter you. This is worth the price. In fact, if you are dead-set on buying an eight inch Tablet, I doubt you will find a better one from now until early to mid 2017 than the Huawei MediaPad M3.
The new Huawei M3 uses the high performance Hisilicon Octa Core Kirin 950 Processor, consisting of 4 x A72 Cores @2.3 GHz plus 4 x A53 Cores @1.8 GHz. This is the same Processor that’s installed in some of their cutting edge Smartphones, including the Mate 8. The Kirin 950 Processor is super quick and extremely energy-efficient. Combined with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU (Graphics Processor) and the 4GB RAM that comes as standard in this model, the M3 is capable of running even the most heavy resource-sapping programs, games and Apps while still remaining stable and lag-free.
Huawei MediaPad M3 (BTV-DL09) Quick Specification
- Hisilicon Octa Core Kirin 950 Processor
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System + Emotion UI 4.1
- 8.4″ IPS screen (2560 x 1600) with ClariVU for that extra sparkle
- Dual cameras, both of which are 8 Megapixels a piece
- 4GB RAM (LPDDR4)
- 32GB Storage Space
- 4G / LTE Compatible
- Harman Kardon Speakers
- Micro USB Port
- Micro SD Card Slot (Max 128GB)
- Fingerprint I.D Feature
- Internal Microphone
- Nano Sized SIM Card Slot
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Having such a high specification makes the M3 a pleasure to use for browsing the Internet, social media, watching video clips and catch up TV. It can do all those tasks and more without really using much of its resources. Incredible performance. Great for multi-tasking. You may have noticed in the spec list that there was no HDMI port. There isn’t one. However, all you need to do is buy the appropriate USB to HDMI cable (cheap), or you can connect the two devices via WiFi if the other device has this feature.
If you’re an avid Kindle user, or spend a long time on the Tablet and suffer from eye strain as a result, you may find the clever, softer on the eyes smart display feature (Ambient Light Sensor) a real joy. It basically manages to keep the brightness feeling mellow on the eyes. Automatically fine tuning the displays brightness level to suit the environment you’re in so that it’s a perfect match. Not too dark and not too bright. This technology is nothing new but it works especially well, or just appears to look better than usual in this device due to the super vivid ClariVu 3 enhanced IPS display.
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How much coverage do you need? The Huawei M3 (53017209) has an impressive array of GPS capabilities. It has normal GPS and Glonass (Russian GPS). These two can be used in conjunction for more location accuracy. It also has A-GPS (Assisted GPS). This works alongside GPS as a backup, helping to take advantage of mobile phone towers when Satellite signals are lacking. Having the ability to use both gives a helping hand when the device is being used in built up areas where the Satellite’s ability to make a strong connection is limited. If that isn’t enough tracking for you, the M3 even has BeiDou. The Chinese Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
In every regard, the MediaPad M3 seems very stable. But only time will tell to see if it stays that way after months of use. But wow, what a device. Weighing in at a little over 300 grams, it’s also light in weight, less than a ⅓ of an inch thick and has an impressive 5100mAh battery. Colours available: Silver or Gold. Take a look at the latest model.