Overview & Price
The Huawei T3 MediaPad was released in April of 2017 and is one of Huawei’s cheapest tablets.
In this Huawei T3 review we go over everything you need to know about this tablet, as well as showcasing the best deals in the UK.
The T3 comes in either a 8 or 10-inch tablet which can be picked up on amazon for around £100 in the UK.
This make this device a great alternative to the Lenovo Tab 4 as it is cheaper and has a lot of the same features.
The tablet offers an impressive processor, HD display and a decent camera for those looking for a cheap tablet that wont break the bank.
The Huawei T3 specs are pretty strong too, considering this tablet is extremely cheap we were impressed with its performance.
So how good is this budget tablet?
Lets take a look..
Design & Display
Right out of the box you will find that the Huawei T3 comes with a SIM ejector, micro-USB cable, paperwork and a charger.
The design of the tablet is pretty bog standard and you will be familiar if you have owned previous Huawei tablets such as the M3 Lite.
The aluminium back and plastic combination make the tablet very lightweight and weighs in at 460g, the tablet will not take much room or effort to carry around with you.
We definitely recommend investing into a Huawei T3 case if you want to ensure that this thing is going to stay in pristine condition, they can be picked up for cheap on the likes of Amazon.
However the T3 is rather thick, at 7.95-millimeters the tablet isn’t the thinnest device we have ever seen but its not super bulky either.
So on the right hand side of the tablet you will find the power button, SIM-tray and the volume rockers, flip it over and on the top left you will be able to see the 5MP single lens.
Then towards the bottom of the tablet you will find a single speaker, headphone jack and a micro-USB port to keep the device charged.
We would have loved to find a fingerprint sensor or even a dual speaker on the Huawei T3, but the price of the device makes up for the lack of fingerprint scanner.
A USB-C port would have also been nice in the tablet, I mean come on its 2018..
The display of the Huawei T3 is average; it has a HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800.
There is not much to shout about when it comes to the tablets display, as it is pretty basic, it is however more than capable of giving you a good overall media experience when it comes to watching movies on the tablet.
We watched back-to-back lord of the rings on the tablet and did not have any issues.
We would have liked to see sharper icons and texts, but the display is good if you’re going to be using the tablet for reading or browsing.
If you’re looking at purchasing a tablet purely for media purposes you might want to opt for something with a higher pixel density.
Throughout this Huawei T3 review we did find that the pixel density is rather low, meaning that often low quality movies look even worse and some videos look like something from Minecraft.
The touchscreen reacts very well and navigating around the tablet was not an issue, it is accurate and very responsive.
Colours are bright enough and there is good contrast thanks to the IPS panel.
When it comes to the Huawei T3 specs, they are pretty impressive considering this is a cheap tablet.
The tablet runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip with 2GB of RAM and has 16GB of internal storage.
That being said 7.5GB of storage is already used up straight out of the box so in reality it’s more like a 8.5GB storage device.
When it comes to the internals of the device, the T3 is far from spectacular and doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary.
If your looking for a tablet to carry out light tasks such as reading books, sending emails and browsing the web, then the T3 is more than capable.
However if your looking for a tablet you can use for streaming, watching lots of Netflix and more intense use, then you might want to opt for a more powerful tablet.
You may notice small amounts of lag if you have multiple applications open and are swiping through, as the Snapdragon 425 is not the best chip in the world.
Image: Pierre Lecourt
Another thing we found slightly annoying is that when typing with the keyboard it will vibrate the tablet, making the battery drain a lot quicker than usual.
We would not recommend the tablet for someone who is going to be playing lots of games on it as we did test the T3 by playing Dead Trigger 2.
It did run pretty well but we found the tablet would overheat and it would stutter every now and again.
The Huawei T3 Mediapad runs Android 7.0 Nougat and the EMUI Version 5.1, which is super easy to use and will be familiar to those who have a Huawei handset device, you will also notice that there are a lot of preinstalled apps, such as the design app and Google Play.
This is what takes up a lot of the 16GB of internal storage so there is really not a lot of storage on offer here, so again those gamers might want to opt for something a little more powerful with more storage.
One feature we loved was the split screen view, allowing you to open two apps side by side, for example you could be watching a YouTube video whilst texting your friend at the same time.
Overall the Huawei T3 specs surprised us and we were delighted with the array of features and how well it handled browsing through social media and the UI.
So the Huawei T3 has a 2MP selfie camera and a 5MP rear camera, obviously this is not the best lens in the world but it is more than capable of snapping you a couple of decent shots when needed.
I don’t know about you but we found that when reviewing tablets the camera was more of a luxury and we only really used it just to give an honest opinion on it.
We definitely would not be taking the tablet outside to snap Instagram worthy shots with, and if you do we definitely recommend a Huawei T3 case.
That being said the camera in the T3 is more than capable of producing a decent image, we have seen much worse from devices at the same price point.
There is not much to shout about in this department but it’s nice to know that if you need to take a quick shot, the T3 is more than capable.
The battery life in the Huawei T3 is average, you can expect a run time of around 9 hours and 20 minutes.
However we found that the tablet did not use much battery at all when in standby and would last for much longer if we were not using it intensely.
Using the tablet for every day use, we found the tablet to be decent and just reading books or browsing the web didn’t drain the battery life too much at all.
Again just like the camera there is not a great deal to boast about when it comes to the battery life and overall as a package we were not impressed with the battery of the device.
Ultimately the tablet is cheap and cheerful, it will suffice for those looking to read books online and generally browse the web without putting the tablet under huge amounts of stress.
The build quality of the device is good and overall it has pretty good performance for every day tasks, that being said if your looking for a tablet your going to be using for hours everyday then you may want to consider something a little more powerful with a better battery life.
There are other tablets out there for around the same price, which you may want to consider, for example the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is slightly pricier but you can usually find a good deal on it depending on the time of year.
This is an ideal tablet for anyone who currently owns a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, or any Huawei handset for that matter as the interface is very similar and can be a great addition to your gadgets.
We do recommend picking up a Huawei T3 case, just to be on the safe side incase you drop it and too keep it in good condition.
Overall the T3 is a solid tablet to keep the kids entertained and allow you to browse the web and read books, but despite the name ‘MediaTab’ if your going to be using it intensely then we recommend spending a little more money for a more powerful tablet.
We hope you have enjoyed our Huawei T3 review and feel free to leave a comment and check out our Lenovo Tab 4 review if you have a little more money to spend.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2017, April
- Dimension: 211.1 x 124.7 x 8mm (8.31 x 4.91 x 0.31 inches)
- Weight: 350g (12.35oz)
- Sim: Nano-SIM
- Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 8.0 inches, 185.6 cm² (-70.5% screen-t0-body-ratio)
- Resolution: 800 x 1280 pixels, 16:10 ratio (-189 ppi density)
- OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat); EMUI 5.1
- Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 (28nm)
- CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Andreno 308
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 32GB, 3GB RAM or 16GB, 2GB RAM
- Primary: 5MP, AF
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Selfie Cam: 2MP
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n or a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.0 A2DP
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Radio: No
- USB: microUSB 2.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer
- Non-removeable Li-Ion battery (32.4 Wh)
- Colours: Space Grey, Luxurious Gold
- Price: As seen in above post