Huawei MediaPad T3 Android 8″ tablet KOB-L09 (review)
Huawei’s 8” Media Pad 3 Android tablet is a quality offering in a very crowded market. It adds 4G/LTE and good build quality to the mix for a reasonable price.
Before we get into the review, I want to apologise both to you as readers and to Huawei for back-flipping on my vow not to review another bland Android tablet unless it offers something different or exciting.
Why? Because reviewing Android tablets is as exciting as watching paint dry. They are all basically glass slabs, alloy/plastic chassis, a camera (no flash), and an older version of Android.
Android tablets are like a pair of old slippers –they are comfortable, and you need them. Android tablets are good for one thing – content viewing – and every lounge room needs one!
Their usefulness comes down to screen size and type – typically 10.1, 9.7, 8 and 7” in LCD or AMOLED. I must admit a preference for larger screens, but 8” will do the job.
So, with that less than enthusiastic introduction here is why I decided to review the Huawei Media Tab T3 – KOB-LO9.
It has 4G LTE capability, a good 8” screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and I was curious to see how Huawei added value to a tablet that I had seen on eBay for under $200 or sold via Vodafone on a 24-month data plan from $20 per month.
Review Huawei MediaPad T3 KOB-L09
Specifications and comments
|Huawei Media Pad T3||Specification||GadgetGuy comments|
|Screen||8”, 1280 x 800 HD, 16:10|
800:1 contrast, 189ppi
Colour control: default, warm cold
Good colours on the default setting
Adequate daylight readability
Low 70.5% screen-to-body ratio means it is larger than it needs to be
No mention of glass protection
Snapdragon 425 quad-core A53 4 x 1.4 GHz
|Mid-tier processor (SD 425) with far more capability than Huawei is using. Surprised it is not using its own Kirin HI Silicon processor|
|Graphics||Adreno 308||Adequate for browser and app-based games and video (720p)|
16GB eMMC (6GB free)
microSD to 128GB
|2GB is fine for Android 7.x as there will be no upgrade to 8.x|
16GB is way too small and with 6GB free.
Random read/write speeds of eMMC were slow 50/5MB/s
Micro-USB charge 5V/2A
Recharge time: 5 hours
|Video loop, 720p at 50% lasted about 10 hours.|
Around 1.5 days normal use
SD 425 support Fast Charge, but it does not appear to be enabled
|Audio/Speaker||Single mono speaker|
3.5mm combo audio jack
|Loudness 82dB (good) but no bass, recessed mids and lots of treble made it ‘tinny’.|
Bluetooth and 3.5mm output were good
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi N 2.4Ghz|
|SD 425 supports AC dual band Wave 2, but this is not enabled.|
Wi-Fi speed was 72Mb/s compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (set to 2.4Ghz) at 144Mb/s
|Bluetooth||4.0 A2DP||SD 425 supports 4.1 – not enabled|
|GPS||Supports ETMS and global emergency service announcements||Was relatively accurate|
Obtained GPS signal quickly
|LTE||LTE Cat 4 150/74Mb/s|
Bands: B1, B3, B5 (B19), B8, B20, B38, B40
As well as 3G
|Tested at 83/25Mb/s on Telstra 4GX|
Not using SD 425 X6 LTE modem features like 2×10 MHz aggregation,
|NFC||No||Not mandatory but the SD 425 supports it, and it’s not enabled|
|IP rating||No||Few tablets have this – not a deal breaker|
|Rear Camera||5MP, 28mm, Autofocus|
HDR (in app)
|Camera produced ‘fit-for-purpose’ images although lacking a little in colour saturation, shadow detail, and white balance.|
Will record in 1080p.
Says stereo sound but there is only one mic
|Front camera||2MP Fixed focus||Suitable for video chat – maximum 720p.|
|Android||7.0 and EMUI 5.1||Tablets seldom get upgrades|
EMU1 5.1 is a heavy user experience over pure Android.
Loaded with lots of additional apps that take up space.
|Software||Pre-loaded with Office (subscription required)|
|Delete all you can to free up space.Z|
Apps cannot be installed to microSD card – that is for audio/video storage.
Children’s Corner has a built-in password and parental settings.
|Build||Milled alloy block|
No mention of screen coating
|Size||H x W x D: 211.07 x 124.65 x 7.95 mm x 350g|
|Given its 16:10 screen and low screen to body ratio it feels bigger than similar tablets|
|Price||$249||Vodafone only and on 24-month data, plans starting from $20 per month.|
Warning: parallel/grey market will be around $200 but do not have Australian warranty
It is a solid tablet with a good build quality and a decent performance. Overall, I enjoyed using it as a content consumption device.
Not sure 8” is the best size – I prefer 10.”
- Well built, solid, Huawei quality, safe buy
- Good screen although it is really 720p and you may prefer ”
- Video performance is adequate for movies and apps – not games
- Good battery life
- Performance and specifications do not match 425 specs – not sure why
- Wi-Fi performance 50% slower than other 2.4GHz devices
- eMMC storage performance slow
- Camera performance lacklustre
- Long charge time
- Mono speaker
- No future updates apart from Google security updates
Outright $249 plus month to month data or inclusive 24-month plans from $20
- Overall: 3.9 out of 5
- Features: 4 out of 5 – everything you need in an Android tablet plus 4G
- Value for Money: 4 out of 5
- Performance: 3.5 out of 5 – seems throttled, average camera, poor sound
- Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – easy to set up and use
- Design: 4 out of 5 – it’s a glass slab