Huawei is finally ready to turn their new tablets for 2017 loose. They’ve announced the availability of four new tablets — two 8″ and two 10″ — in a bid to convince consumers that Android tablets are still worth buying as coffee table entertainment devices.
The two MediaPad M3 Lite tablets are lower-cost versions of the MediaPad M3 that was released at the end of last year. They still look to be solid entertainment devices, though. Both have 1920 x 1200 IPS displays and Harmon Kardon speaker systems, so they’ll fare well as Netflix machines. The 8″ model has one speaker on the left and one on the right (in landscape orientation), while the 10″ model has two speakers on the bottom and two on top.
Both are wrapped up in an aluminum chassis with not horribly thick bezels and fingerprint readers. The processing power is modest, with both tablets running Android Nougat on an unspecified chipset with an octa-core CPU and 16 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. The chipset doesn’t look particularly powerful, so we’d say these tablets is best suited for watching movies and playing light, casual games. The 8″ version has a 4,800 mAh battery, while the 10″ version has a 6,660 mAh battery — Huawei says both should get 10 hours of video playback.
If you want a budget option, the T3 tablets are the way to go. These tablets take hits to processing power and display resolution (1200 x 800 IPS), and have just 2 GB of RAM. They still have a nice aluminum build, so they won’t feel like budget tablets in the hand. There’s no Harmon Kardon setup here, meaning the audio probably won’t be anything to write home about. Both tablets have 4,800 mAh batteries, but with a lower-res screen, we think battery life should be satisfactory on both.
They’re cheap, but the spec sheets look about right for the price. The only thing that jumps out at us is the 16 GB of storage, which is awfully low in 2017. Then again, if you’re streaming most of your entertainment these days, that might not matter as much to you. Fortunately, all four tablets do have MicroSD card slots, as well.