Introduction

Let’s face it. Android tablets have become a somewhat niche product these days. Usually, you’ll find one used by children for their games and videos. I have even seen a few who really use it like a phone.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 FeaturedHuawei is one of those companies which still show focus in this market, and the MediaPad T3 is a perfect case in point.

Considered as a budget tablet, MediaPad T3 is primarily geared for basic day to day use. That means social media, music, video, maybe email, and some light games. Some of its apps are also designed for children.

Specifications

Material Metal
Dimensions Height: 211.07 mm
Width: 124.65 mm
Depth: 7.95 mm
Weight Approx 350 g (Battery Included)
Color Space Grey
Display 8.0″ IPS Display, 1280 x 800 HD+
Processor Snapdragon 425
OS Android 7 + EMUI 5.1
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB (Expandable up to 128GB)
Rear Camera 5MP
Front Camera 2MP
Connectivity LTE
Battery 4,800mAh
SRP PhP6,490

Design and Build Quality

The Huawei MediaPad T3 is built from a single piece of Aluminium, to ensure that it can endure a few bumps and falls. This also produces a metallic finish that exudes elegance and strength.

Since it’s designed with kids in mind, the materials used are non-toxic and safe.

Weighing in at 350 grams, and being only 7.95mm thick, this tablet can easily fit in small bags and can be carried around effortlessly.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 SideBoth the power button and volume rocker are located on the right side. The buttons don’t feel cheap, and exhibit decent responsiveness. There’s also a dedicated SIM card slot, for those who want to use it on a mobile network in case Wi-Fi isn’t available.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 Rear

The rear houses a single 5MP shooter, along with some branding.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 BottomAt the bottom, you’ll find a microUSB port, along with the microphone. Up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 DisplayMediaPad T3 boasts an 8-inch with HD+ resolution. While it’s bright enough, detail is only average. You’ll be able to spot rough edges on some of the icons. Color Saturation is also decent.

Performance

MediaPad T3 runs on a Snapdragon 425, an old processor that really shows its age. There are occasional stutters in the UI, and everything slows down when you start doing a lot of things at the same time.

  • Geekbench 5 – Single Core – 120 | Multi-Core – 435
  • Androbench – Sequential Read – 254.36MB/s | Sequential Write – 67.26MB/s

Once apps are open, things are pretty smooth. Things don’t seem snappy when scrolling your Netflix home page, but again, it does the job.

Another letdown here, is the amount of storage that you get – 16GB. Add the OS to that and you get less. Now, if a kid was using this tablet, that would be fine. Otherwise, that really isn’t enough. Thankfully, you can put in a microSD card.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 MLCan it game? of course it can. It just depends on which games we’re talking about. AAA titles? nope, but Mobile Legends, yes! (It even supports HFR mode!)

Camera

Android tablets aren’t really known for sporting great cameras, but this one is an exception

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 Camera 1Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 Camera 2Suprisingly, sample shots show a good amount of detail, sharpness and texture.

Software

MediaPad T3 runs on EMUI 5.1.3 on top of Android 7. Yes, it’s pretty outdated. Maybe the company thought, since this tablet is going to be used mainly by kids, there’s no need for an update.

But still, kids can just tap on anything they fancy, and without the latest security patches, that leaves the device vulnerable to online threats.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 Children's CornerSpeaking of being kid-friendly, the MediaPad T3 has a feature called Children’s Corner, which is basically a sandbox with a suite of apps tailored for…. kids.

Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 Parental ControlThere’s also parental controls, which means you can schedule when your kids can use the tablet, among other features.

Battery

Huawei MediaPad T3 Front 2Playing a 1080p video at 50% brightness and 80% volume, the MediaPad T3 managed to churn out around 13 hours of continuous playback. Impressive.

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Our Verdict
If you need a simple, straightforward, child-friendly, and most importantly affordable tablet, the Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0 is a good choice. It's built-well, has chilld-friendy apps, and performs decent for any light day to day task. Oh, and not to mention it can game as well. Now, the user experience isn't the smoothest out there. The processor may not be the latest, but it does the job. As for the camera, it's decent, but don't expect much. The software is ridiculously outdated, but again, it works. Then there's the battery life, which is nothing short of stellar. For PhP6,490, it's a tablet that does the job, but does not excel at doing it.
Design and Build Quality
Performance
Camera
Software
Battery
Price
What's Good
Well-made, sturdy, and feels premium
Child-friendly
Decent camera performance
Can game a bit
Great battery life
Properly priced
What's Not
UI Performance is average at best
Severely outdated software
Uses a very old processor
Only 16GB of storage
3.9

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.