Best 10 Huawei Tablet Buyer’s Guide

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Whether you want to stream videos or finish editing some graphics at the pool, coffee shop or in your bed, tablets are a great way to bring your work and play on the go. Huawei has been making tablets and other portable technology devices for over 10 years, so a Huawei tablet might be just what you need for your initial purchase or upgrade.

Decision Time

The type of tablet that you need will depend on how you will be using it. If you primarily allow the kids to watch videos during car rides or play app games while you work, then you may want to go with a sturdy child model. If you plan to use it for light gaming and video watching, then a lower-end model may suffice. If you plan to edit video and create graphics or text documents, then you will want to look for a higher-priced model with better memory. Data plans come at an additional cost after purchasing the tablet. Once you take stock of the features that you must have in the tablet, then you can set your budget and research the models. This article will help you decide if a Huawei tablet is right for you.

FAQ

1. What is Huawei?

2. How much does a tablet cost?

3. What are the benefits and drawbacks of a tablet versus a computer?

How We Rate Tablets

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To rate the tablets, we look through many online consumer sites and weigh the number of comments that items receive. We attempt to separate real comments from those paid for by the company. By doing this, we can provide you with the most reliable information available to us at the time of writing. We are especially interested in the problems that consumers have with these products so we can present both the good and the bad for a product.

Price Range of Huawei Tablets

As mentioned above, you can find a few models of Huawei tablets. The prices vary depending on the features. However, you can often find deals on the tablets online. The tablets come in several models. They have Android-based models such as the MediaPad Lite, MediaPad and MediaPad Pro. They have also introduced Windows-based models called MateBook. In general, the Lite options will be less expensive, and the Pros will be the most expensive.

Tablet Choices

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Below you will find a summary of the available choices. You should check out the Huawei website for any changes in models, product availability and ways to purchase.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Android Tablet with 10.8" 2.5D Display, Octa Core, Quick Charge, Quad Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 4GB+64GB, Champagne Gold (US Warranty)
  • 【2.5D Glass Display】Curved-edge 2.5D curved glass is now available on M5 android tablet. You will never worry about missing a detail with 10.8'' 2560 x 1600 high-res display. The 82% screen-to-body ratio means you can enjoy a wider view than before
  • 【Excellent Sound】Quad stereo speakers tuned and certified by Harman/Kardon provide a paramount audio and video experience, as well as support HiFi headphones.The HUAWEI Histen audio creates a perfect sounds cape to give you 3D sound that is richer, more layered and penetrating
  • 【Pure. Simple. Stylish】M5's curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. M5 android tablet that boasts a proprietary Kirin 960 series octa-core chipset and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. F2.2 & 13 MP Rear camera;F2.2 & 8 MP Front camera. 4G RAM+ 64G ROM. M Pen included
  • 【Quick Charge】It takes only 2.9 hrs to get M5 Pro fully charged. Its 7500 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 11 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI】Google Android 8.0 (Oreo) & Huawei Emotion UI 8.0, Advanced fingerprint recognition

Huawei’s newest tablets are the Pro models. This one comes with an active stylus so that you can write notes or draw directly on the tablet. Not many tablets come with a stylus pen. You can get this model with up to 128 GB of storage. The microSD card slot can add additional memory. Just remember that more storage will cost more money. The Kirin 960 Octa-core processor is much faster than other models. The tablet comes with four speakers on the body and runs on the Android Oreo 8.0 platform. This model comes equipped with 4G LTE, a fingerprint reader, 4 GB RAM and high-resolution graphics of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. There is a 13-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Huawei MediaPad M5 (CMR-W09) 4GB/64GB 10.8-inches Wi-Fi Tablet PC - International Stock No Warranty (Space Grey)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz ; GPS: Yes, with GLONASS, and BDS ; Bluetooth v4.2.
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960s Octa-core (4 x A73 2.4 GHz + 4 x A53 1.8 GHz) CPU ; 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM ; Supports microSD, up to 256 GB ; 7500 mAh battery.
  • Main Camera: 13 MP, F2.2, Auto Focus (PDAF); Front Camera: 8 MP, F2.2, Fixed focus.
  • 10.8 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
  • Package Content : Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8" Wi-Fi (CMR-W09) , Charger , Cable , USB Type-C to 3.5 mm headset jack adapter cable , Eject pin , Quick Start Guide. PLEASE NOTE: this is an international version of the tablet PC that comes with no warranty in the US.

This is the same model as the Pro, with all the same specifications, except that it does not come with the pen. For this reason, the model will be less expensive. If you do not need the pen, then this model would be the better option. This model and the one above have an optional keyboard if you need it. This may be a great option for those who do not need to write notes or draw on the tablet.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Android Tablet with 8.4" 2.5D Display, Octa Core, Quick Charge, Dual Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 4Gb+64Gb, Space Gray (US Warranty)
  • 【2.5D Glass Display】Curved-edge 2.5D curved glass is now available on M5 android tablet. You will never worry about missing a detail with M5's 359 PPI (2560 x 1600)2K high-res display. The 82% screen-to-body ratio means you can enjoy a wider view than before
  • 【Excellent Sound】Dual stereo speakers tuned and certified by Harman/Kardon provide a paramount audio and video experience, as well as support HiFi headphones.The HUAWEI Histen audio creates a perfect sounds cape to give you 3D sound that is richer, more layered and penetrating
  • 【Pure. Simple. Stylish】MediaPad M5's curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. M5 android tablet that boasts a proprietary Kirin 960 series octa-core chipset and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. F2.2 & 13 MP Rear camera;F2.2 & 8 MP Front camera. 4G RAM + 64G ROM
  • 【Quick Charge】It takes only 1.9 hrs to get M5 fully charged. Its 5100 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 11 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI】Google Android 8.0 (Oreo) & Huawei Emotion UI 8.0, Advanced fingerprint recognition

This is a slightly earlier model than the M5s. It is slightly smaller in size with an 8-inch screen but with all of the similar functions to the MediaPad M5. It contains the Oreo processor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, fingerprint scanner, and front and back cameras. The main difference is going to be the price for the smaller screen. This is an Android base that can be customized by the user as needed. This tablet does not come with an active stylus because the smaller size makes it unable to support the peripheral. The two models above this are based on this platform, so the difference among the three is primarily size and use of the active stylus. This could be a great choice for those with a smaller budget, but who want the higher processing power.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite Android Tablet with 10.1" FHD Display, Octa Core, Quick Charge, Quad Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 3GB+32GB, M-Pen Lite Stylus Included, Space Gray (US Warranty)
  • 【Excellent Performance】2019 HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite tablet features a Curved-edge 2.5D 10.1-inch 1080p(1920 x 1200)display. For an even better viewing experience, HUAWEI ClariVu technology further enhances display brightness and clarity. Kirin 659 and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. 8 MP Rear camera; 8 MP Front camera. 3G RAM + 32G ROM HDD(expandable microSD to 256GB)
  • 【Excellent Sound】Co-engineered with Harman Kardon, the tablet's quad-speaker system delivers fine-tuned and precisely optimised concert hall audio effects, more bass, and less distortion. Great sound immerses you into the scene. The HUAWEI Histen 5.0 stereo audio creates rich soundscapes to provide you with multi-layered and penetrating 3D surround sound.
  • 【Pure. Simple. Stylish】Its gentle, minimalist curves provide a luxurious look, while its slim, lightweight design delivers a spectacular hand-feeling. Equipped with advanced 2048-layer pressure sensitivity, the HUAWEI M-Pen lite Stylus enables you to naturally jot down notes and write memos with full responsiveness.
  • 【Quick Charge】It takes only 2.9 hrs to get M5 Lite fully charged. Its 7500 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 12 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI & Eye Friendly】This Android Tablet features Google Android 8.0 (Oreo) & latest Huawei Emotion UI 8.0. HUAWEI MediaPad M5 lite offers an enhanced eye-comfort mode that effectively reduces harmful blue light and provides smart reminders when the device is too close to your child's face, or when your child reads while laying down.

This tablet has a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and runs on the Android Oreo platform. The 10-inch display is much easier to view for some people than the smaller screens with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. There are four speakers for optimal sound. It carries 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of onboard memory. The front and back cameras are 8 megapixels with a 7,500 mAh battery.

Huawei Android Tablet MediaPad T5 with 10.1" IPS FHD Display, Octa Core, Dual Harman Kardon-Tuned Speakers, WiFi Only, 2GB+16GB, Black (US Warranty)
  • 【Excellent Display】2019 HUAWEI MediaPad T5 tablet features a Curved-edge 10.1-inch 1080p(1920 x 1200)display. For an even better viewing experience, HUAWEI ClariVu technology further enhances display brightness and clarity. Kirin 659 and stable Wi-Fi network connectivity. F2.4 & 5 MP Rear camera; F2.4 & 2 MP Front camera. 2G RAM + 16G ROM HDD(expandable microSD to 256GB)
  • 【Excellent Sound】Co-engineered with Harman Kardon, the tablet's dual-speaker system delivers fine-tuned and precisely optimised concert hall audio effects, more bass, and less distortion. Great sound immerses you into the scene. The HUAWEI Histen 5.0 audio technology makes sound richer, giving you a immersive cinematic experience.
  • 【Thin, Light, Durable】Its gentle, minimalist curves provide a luxurious look, while its slim, lightweight design delivers a spectacular hand-feeling. The HUAWEI MediaPad T5 is an eye-catching tablet with a premium, refined design. Its symmetrical metal body is crafted with care and is sleek and lightweight (about 16.22 Ounce) enough to be conveniently portable and easy to hold.
  • 【Long Play Time】Its 5100 mAh (TYP) battery and Smart Power-Saving technology allow you to enjoy 1080P videos to 10 hours.(Depending on the using environment, such as screen brightness)
  • 【Smart UI & Eye Friendly】This Android Tablet features Google Android 8.0 (Oreo) & latest Huawei Emotion UI 8.0. HUAWEI MediaPad T5 10'' offers an Eye-comfort Mode reduces harmful blue light to create healthy reading conditions for you and your family.

This tablet has a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and runs on the Android Oreo platform. The 10-inch display is much easier to view for some people than the smaller screens with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. There are four speakers for optimal sound. It carries 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of onboard memory. The front and back cameras are 8 megapixels with a 7,500 mAh battery.

This tablet has a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor and runs on the Android Oreo platform. The 10-inch display is much easier to view for some people than the smaller screens with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. There are four speakers for optimal sound. It carries 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of onboard memory. The front and back cameras are 8 megapixels with a 7,500 mAh battery.

Huawei Mediapad T3 8" 2+16 Quad-Core 1.4GHz, Android N + EMUI 5.1
  • A 4800 mAh battery delivers long-lasting enjoyment, even with heavy use
  • Rear camera: 5 MP and auto focus, Front camera: 2 MP and fixed focus
  • Made from a solid piece of sleek anodized aluminum with a tastefully polished metallic finish
  • See the world in crisp and vivid color with the 8-inch IPS HD Display
  • Delivers power and smooth usability while being only 0.3 in thick and just 0.77 lbs

The MediaPad T3 is a good basic model. If you do not need a workhorse tablet and plan just to let the kids stay occupied or stream some videos, this might be the model for you. Both models come in the 8-inch or 10-inch design. However, this model has lower screen resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. The RAM is either 2 GB or 3 GB, and it can only be purchased with 16 GB or 32 GB of memory. The operating system is the Android Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. Battery power is similar between this and the M3. Due to the smaller specs, the price of this tablet is much lower than that of any of the above models. It also weighs slightly more than the M3.

Huawei MediaPad T3 Android Tablet with 7" IPS Display, Quad Core, Android M + EMUI, WiFi Only, Space Gray
  • HUAWEI MediaPad T3 7 delivers an experience of beauty visually and by touch. Your world will look and feel just right through its vibrant 7-inch screen with an ultra-narrow 6.1 mm bezel design
  • This powerful device will surprise and delight you with its form and function, at only 8.6 mm thickness, and weighing in at only 245 grams it feels like an object from the future
  • Feel the strength and stylish appearance of HUAWEI MediaPad T3 7 superbly designed body in a solid piece of space-age anodized aluminum and makes you feel the power of design in your hands
  • MTK MT8127 Quad-core A7, 4 x 1.3 GHz, 1 GB Memory 16 GB Flash Storage, 1G RAM + 16G ROM, A 3100 mAh battery delivers long-lasting enjoyment, even with heavy use
  • Front-Facing Camera 2 MP & Rear Camera 2.0 MP, Android M + EMUI 4.1 Lite

This smaller tablet runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform. It comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage. The resolution is 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2.0 USB port. Both front and back cameras are 2 megapixels.

Huawei MediaPad T3 10" WiFi Tablet Android 16GB 2 RAM -Android Nougat -Aluminum Alloy Body (Gray) -International Version- No Warranty …
  • Sleek and Stylish Aluminum alloy body
  • MSM8917+WTR2965, Quad- core A53 1.4 GHz 16 GB + 2 RAM
  • Split Screen Function Split screen mode: work on multiple tasks at the same time
  • In-depth optimization based on Android Nougat (7.x); Simple, clean UI; Simplified operation increases efficiency; 92% of actions can be performed in 3 steps or fewer
  • Suitable for the whole family -Eye Comfort -Efficient and Easy- to-Use -Reliable and torture-tested quality

This larger tablet has a 10-inch display with resolution of 1,260 x 800 pixels and runs on the Android Marshmallow platform. There is a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. For storage, it comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal capacity. It has a slightly larger 4,800 mAh battery.

Huawei MediaPad T3 7.0 Case - HminSen (2017 [Kids Friendly] Light Weight [Anti Slip] Shockproof Protective Cover for Huawei MediaPad T3 7.0 WiFi (BG2-W09) Tablet 2017 Release, (Navy Blue)
  • COMPATIBLITY - Designed to fit HUAWEI MediaPad T3 7 Inch HD Tablet 2017 Release. NOT fit T3 8" Tablet or any other model device
  • PREMIUM QUALITY - Made of Ultra Slim Soft Silicon for comfortable sense of touch and durable purpose while provides ultimate protection.
  • PROTECTIVE - Slim design that adds minimum bulk and weight to your device while the case wrap around the edge for protection purpose.
  • NON-SLIP COVER - Three non-slip stripes on the back can prevent the machine from falling.
  • PRECISE Data - Easy Access to All Buttons.Ultra compact and precisely cut to preserve full access to all buttons without taking off the case like charging, listening to music, vedios etc.

This is the same model as the T3 7 above but with a colorful protective case. The handle can fold back and become a stand. The protective case comes in a range of colors to suit any child.

Best Choice

MODEL:

MediaPad M5 Pro

Dimensions:

10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches

Weight:

17.5 ounces

Operating System:

Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI

Processor:

HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core

RAM:

4 GB

Storage:

32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

Display:

10.8-inch IPS with 2,560 x 1,600

Front Camera:

8 megapixels

Rear Camera:

13 megapixels

Best Price Option

MODEL:

MediaPad M8

Dimensions:

8.4 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches

Weight:

10.9 ounces

Operating System:

Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI

Processor:

HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core

RAM:

4 GB

Storage:

32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

Display:

8.4-inch IPS with 2,560 x 1,600

Front Camera:

8 megapixels

Rear Camera:

13 megapixels

Best Economy Choice

MODEL:

MediaPad M3 Lite 8-inch

Dimensions:

8.4 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches

Weight:

10.9 ounces

Operating System:

Android 7.0 EMUI 5.1

Processor:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-core

RAM:

4 GB

Storage:

32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

Display:

8.4-inch IPS with 1,920 x 1,200

Front Camera:

8 megapixels

Rear Camera:

13 megapixels

The Verdict

We liked the MediaPad M8 for the power of the processor and choice of specs. Since the only difference between that one and the Pro model is the active stylus, we chose the lower-cost model.

For an inexpensive choice, we preferred the MediaPad M3 Lite. This also comes in two different sizes, depending on your preference, and has slightly higher specs compared to the T3 model. 

The Huawei tablet gets good customer reviews on Amazon. Different models have varying support, but most of the models garner 4 out of 5 stars for overall satisfaction with several thousand users voicing their opinions. If you plan what kind of features are most important to you in a tablet purchase, you may find that one of the Huawei tablets fits your budget and overall needs.

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