Huawei MediaPad M3 Android Tablet Review – 8.4 Inch iPad Mini Alternative

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00:02 – iOS like interface
00:41 – Hardware overview
02:38 – Ports
03:04 – Sound quality
03:24 – Fingerprint reader – multifunction button
04:09 – Camera
04:31 – Web browsing performance / no AC wireless in the USA
05:03 – Movie and video watching
06:31 – Gaming : Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto Vice City
07:07 – Gaming : 3DMark benchmark
07:34 – Gaming : Reicast Dreamcast emulator
08:11 – Thin bezel and scrolling issues
09:05 – Conclusion and final thoughts

Huawei has once again released a relatively low priced yet well constructed tablet that’s competitive with many other major brands (including Apple). The build quality is top notch, the display is beautiful, it sounds great, and the performance is in line with what an iPad might bring for $100 less in cost.

It’s running Android but has Huawei’s own user interface on top of it. It functions and looks very much like an iPad which is a bit uninspired but will be familiar to users of iOS looking for a new and less expensive device.

Oddly it lacks wireless AC due to some issues with FCC certification in the United States.

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βσƒ6σσм TM says:

hello lon can u do a review of the asus zenpad 3s 10 and its gaming performaces well bte very good review if u post the 3s 10 i can like see the difference:-)

Charles Kuhn says:

8.4 with this format is the best, I can hold it with one hand 🙂

UnderWatched says:

Anybody noticed the Apple computer in the background?

Keerthi Selvam says:


Jeremy Tanudtanud says:

Have you tried high end headphones on the tablet since it has Harman Kardon in the speakers?

Chris Cuthbertson says:

Looks good, but i think its a little overpriced. Its a similar spec and price to a Samsung S2 8.0

Henry Reynolds says:

Lol later the comments we sent will be written (2 years ago)

David T. says:

Lon you fine as hell send nudes.

Duckee Doug says:

great review. Any chance that you could get a hold of a ASUS ZenPad 3S for review? It is in the same price range but is a 9.7″ tablet. I have not found any good reviews on the unit but it is HIRES music certified and has DTS surround sound. Your opinion on the hardware would be greatly appreciated especially since I have never seen a HIRES music certification on a previous tablet.

Kevin Bragdon says:

For $50 more, you can double the internal storage to 64 GB

jt3000o says:

hey Lon the YouTube app on Android does have a stats for nerds in the settings in case you did not know

Dan Mirabile says:

Lon, you can download to SD Cards on Android with Netflix too.

DR. HAX says:


Raleigh Cunningham says:


Razr Ace says:

Can you enable software keys for back, home and multitasking?

MobileDecay says:

Cool. I think I’d wait for some better for a lower price. Idk my Shield Tablet seems to be getting slow even if I factory reset it. Typing this comment is slow.

Yukang Shen says:

”5 Ghz WiFi can be enabled if you’re willing to root and edit 1 file or flash a non-US rom. Head over to XDA forums / mediapad 3 and find the topic“

edit: ok did some research: “Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz (Products delivered to markets that impose FCC certification requirements do not support 802.11 a/ac at 5 GHz Wi-Fi)”

overall nice tablet! planning to buy it

Michael M says:

Hey Lon.. I am debating between this one and the Asus zenpad model that is comparable to this.. which do you think is a better deal? I was looking to buy these unlocked somewhere and add it to AT&T.

Hayden - vindeckyHvH says:

one of the first

RockstarBruski says:

great review. i wonder if this would tablet would be good to use with a DJI drone as a display? Also have you looked at or reviewed any of the Chuwi tablets? a co-worker of mine recently bought the Chuwi pro 10″ dual boot w10/android version with the keyboard option and he seems to like it so far.

Guillermo castilla says:

I’m still using my galaxy no problem bro. Two I think it’s faster and much better screen

Technosword says:

I still think the iPad is better

Henry Reynolds says:

I orderderd it 🙂

Keywork says:

Netflix allows download to SD card too now! Only on android of course!

Henry Reynolds says:

Can I get likes because I have a carpet

XSportSeeker says:

I almost got it holidays last year… but I couldn’t find one here in Brazil. Too bad.
Ended up getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which has been great in my personal experience.
I also tried to find an nVidia Shield Tablet K1 to no avail… though I really wanted the fingerprint scanner, so there’s that.

Kinda glad I did too, because the bigger screen (I got the 9.7″ model S2) was welcome… I read comics and manga on it, sometimes these have tiny text that you are better off with a bigger screen.

I’m not sure how the market is in other places, but the Galaxy Tab S2 is almost an year older than Huawei MatePad, so you might get it for comparable or even cheaper prices. Huawei has more RAM memory, battery size is bigger, and I dunno how the CPUs compare (the one on Huawei is probably better), but the Galaxy Tab S2 has a super AMOLED display which is just great.

Spent over a month without a desktop PC… running all things on Android (smartphone and tablet). It’s manageable, but I’m sure glad to be back on my desktop PC. xD

There are still just some irritating things on Android that never seems to be solved. My Feedly stream kept reloading out of nowhere all the time. The YouTube app doesn’t show or let you post comments unless you are in portrait mode for some reason. I still feel more comfortable using a mouse instead of bluetooth keyboard + touchscreen. Things like that.

MrBrymstond says:

I wonder if this has dual A72 x A53 Quad?

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