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Huawei MediaPad M3 octa-core tablet

Huawei takes aim at the media-consumption market with a new octa-core tablet featuring a hi-resolution display and Harman Kardon-certified stereo speakers.

Want a tablet that's less geared toward work and more geared toward a good old Netflix binge? Huawei's new MediaPad M3 might be worth a look.

At the heart of this new tablet is Huawei's very own Kirin 950 octa-core processor, which features four 2.3GHz A72 cores and an additional four 1.8GHz A53 cores, backed up by 4GB of RAM. There's the option of 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The operating system is Android Marshmallow 6.0, and loaded over the top of that is Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI) 4.1.

Wrapped around this silicon is a 8.4-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 2K IPS display with a pixel density of 359 pixels per inch, which after using the tablet for a few days, I can say is sharp, responsive, and very easy on the eye. The colors are vivid, and the contrast and backlighting can be adjusted to suit different needs. If you're partial to late-night Netflix binges, then you'll appreciate being able to pull the brightness of the display down to only 6 nits (which isn't bright at all).

Built in is Huawei's ClariVu-Eye Care technology, which is used to filter out blue light.

Two other features that stand out are the Harman Kardon-certified stereo speakers, which offer one of the best sound experiences I've come across from a tablet, and a highly responsive fingerprint reader that allows almost instant access to the device.

A 5100mAh high-density lithium battery can power the tablet for up to 11 hours of video playback.

The MediaPad M3 will first launch in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East on Sept. 26, and it will come in the following configurations:

  • €349 - 4GB + 32GB Wi-Fi
  • €399 - 4GB + 32GB LTE
  • €399 - 4GB + 64GB Wi-Fi
  • €449 - 4GB + 64 GB LTE

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