The Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet that’s fairly inexpensive at under 300 US Dollars. It offers some nice features including a full HD screen, four speakers and a fingerprint reader. Huawei is positioning the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 as a media consumption tablet. Well, I guess that’s what you’ve figured from the name.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 Highlights
- 10.1-inch full HD display
- Four Harman/Kardon speakers
- Integrated fingerprint reader
- Android 7.0 Nougat with Emotion UI
- Aluminum bezels
As you might expect with a price tag of under 300 dollars, the built quality of the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 is not the best. But, in fact, it’s not bad either. While the back is plastic we are getting an aluminum frame around the device. The built quality is not as high end as with the Huawei MediaPad M3, but the Lite version is quite solid for its price.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10. It has a full HD resolution with 1920 x 1200 which is high enough. I’ve seen brighter displays but the viewing angles are very good, it offers a deep contrast and nice color rendering.
Above the screen and on the back are two cameras with a resolution of 8 megapixel each. Beneath the screen sits a fingerprint reader. With that one, you can unlock the tablet easily. Like with its smaller brother, you can use gestures to replace functions like the home and back button.
Inside the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. This is an upper entry level chip. Usually, the performance is fine for most things. You’ll be able to do some light gaming but don’t expect to run hardcore games at maximum graphic settings without seeing some lags.
Other hardware specs include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot in case you want to expand the storage. You can get it with WiFi only or with integrated 4G LTE as well. With that one you can make phone calls and send text messages using your normal carrier.
Huawei is shipping the tablet with Android 7.0 Nougat which is fairly recent. As usual, on top of Nougat runs their Emotion UI. With this the interface is customizes quite heavily but you can also customize it yourself.
In addition to a couple of standard apps there are the services from Google and the Office 365 apps from Microsoft preinstalled. You’re also getting Instagram, Facebook and a Kids Corner.
|Tablet||Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Display||10.1-inch IPS with 1920 x 1200|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435|
|Expandable||microSD up to 128GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, optional LTE and GPS|
|Dimensions||241,3mm x 171,5mm x 7,5mm|
Availability and Price
Huawei introduced the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 in late spring 2017. While it is available in most European countries, that is not the case worldwide yet. In Europe the MediaPad M3 Lite 10 costs 279 Euros for the WiFi only version. Across the Atlantic, in the United States, you’re expected to pay around 250 US Dollars. Prices in Asian countries like India, Japan and Taiwan should be the rough equivalent.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 Alternatives
As with all tablets, there are alternatives to the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 as well. If you want something smaller and more powerful, you can check out the 8.4-inch Huawei MediaPad M3. If you want to stick with the 10.1-inch form factor, then the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus is a highly capable competitor. In case you’re looking for something cheaper, the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 might be something for you.
- Excellent speakers at this price
- Pretty display with good contrast
- Good build quality
- Nice fingerprint reader integration
- Lacking performance for high-end gaming
- Future updates unclear
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