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Huawei MediaPad T3 10 Tablet Review

Florian Wimmer, Tanja Hinum (translated by Mark Riege), 06/29/2017

Fast - or not really? The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 impresses with a quite high processor performance for lower mid-range tablets, but still cannot convince in terms of overall performance. How it manages to do this, you can find out in our test.

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Huawei MediaPad T3 10

For the original German review, see here.

Something is happening with Huawei's lower mid-range tablets: The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 appeared and seeks to compel with an aluminum body and HD screen for a quite affordable price of 230 Euros (~$260). However, the features highlighted on the homepage give us the impression that Huawei has developed a classical tablet, rather than a revolutionary new product. The predecessor was called MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro and was a step higher in price. We have recently tested the MediaPad M3 Lite, which is again a step above that and costs 120 Euros (~$136) more than our test unit.

Comparable tablets can also be found from other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab E from the top dog Samsung stand above and below our test device respectively. The Asus ZenPad 10.0 also plays in the same league.

Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
9.6 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 157 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 9.5 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combination audioport, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: pedometer, gyroscope, acceleration, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE-FDD: B1, B3, B5, (B19), B7, B8, B20 LTE-TDD: B38, B39, B40, B41 (2555–2655MHz) UMTS: B1, B2, B5 (B6/19), B8 TD-SCDMA: B34, B39 GSM: B2, B3, B5, B8; LTE Cat. 7, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 229.8 x 159.8 ( = 0.31 x 9.05 x 6.29 in)
Battery
18.24 Wh, 4800 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9.5 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 5 MPix autofocus
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM card removal tool, KidsCorner, HiGame, HiCare, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds), Power Supply: 49 g ( = 1.73 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
229 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The back is made from one piece of anodized aluminum, a feature made fashionable by Apple's iPad. Huawei also builds its tablet in this way, making it available in space gray or a luxurious golden color. However, on the Internet you can currently only find offerings of the gray model with a black front. The case is cleanly built and due to its rounded edges, it fits in the hand nicely. But the screen is not 100% protected: a medium amount of pressure from the back and front will be reflected in the liquid crystal display. The tablet can be twisted minimally and also shows this through colored traces on the screen. Overall the stability is okay, especially for this price range.

The 16:10 screen format makes the tablet slightly more square than most of the comparison devices with a 16:9 screen. The MediaPad T3 10 is quite compact and also quite slim at 8 mm (~0.3 in). Moreover, at 460 grams (~1 lb) is lighter than all the comparison devices. The test unit has a SIM slot on the left side, so the case cannot be opened which would, however, be very unusual for tablets.

Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Huawei MediaPad T3 10

Size Comparison

Features

With 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of working memory, the MediaPad T3 10 is on the standard level for this price class, but the Asus ZenPad 10.0 shows, that you could also build in 32 GB of data storage. Thus, you will have to make do with not less than 10 GB of available storage. In times of streaming and the cloud, this is bearable for a tablet, especially since the storage can be extended via microSD card. It can be formatted as internal or external storage and you can even install apps on the microSD. Huawei does not specify the maximum size of the storage card, but our 64 GB reference card is recognized, so there should not be any problems up to that size. The USB port only operates at USB-2.0 speeds. On the other hand, there is a USB-OTG, so you can connect external data storage.

We looked in vain for a brightness sensor for the screen. Only a pedometer, gyroscope, and acceleration sensor are integrated.

Right: volume rocker, standby key
Right: volume rocker, standby key
Left: 3.5 mm port, SIM drawer, USB connection
Left: 3.5 mm port, SIM drawer, USB connection
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: speaker
Bottom: speaker

Software

The operating system is based on Android 7.0. On top of that is Huawei's own EMUI 5.1 user interface, which does not change the android operating principles, but rather extends them. For example, swiping from the bottom edge upward on the quick glance screen will offer some quick access features, and the settings look marginally different and are slightly extended. The "Intelligent Support" menu item contains options for turning the device on or off automatically, for example when you are not home. There are also options to display the quick access menu, or to call a specific contact via voice command. There is a built-in virus scanner and a data locker that can protect important documents.

Huawei has pre-installed Microsoft's Office suite that according to media reports give them some reduction in terms of license fees from the company. Furthermore, there are advertising links to Facebook and various pre-installed apps by Huawei itself, such as the HiCare support app or the HiGame in-house game shop. A file explorer and a tablet manager that can clean up and manage the tablet are also pre-installed. 

Software Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Software Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Software Huawei MediaPad T3 10

Communication and GPS

With the help of the integrated WLAN modem, the MediaPad T3 10 can communicate with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. The 802.11 a/b/g/n standards are supported. Considering the maximum achievable speed, the speeds are quite decent but naturally cannot keep up with 802.11 ac devices. Near the router, the full reception is available and the pages are rendered with a slight delay. At a distance of 10 meters (~33 ft) to the router and going through three walls, 3/4 of the reception is still available and rendering the pages takes slightly longer.

The test unit is equipped with a LTE-Cat.7 module, for which a nano-SIM is needed. There is also a Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet, and the price difference is currently about 20 Euros (~$23) on the Internet. In the well-established German D2 network, even indoors in the city, the LTE module often gets LTE reception that is also good in terms of signal quality. However, due to the limited network capacity, especially in populated regions, it is unlikely that the maximum download speed of 300 MBit/s can be reached. Phone calls are also possible - you can find out more in the next section.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
615 MBit/s ∼100% +404%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
Adreno 505, 435, 32 GB eMMC Flash
338 MBit/s ∼55% +177%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
122 MBit/s ∼20%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
569 MBit/s ∼100% +408%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
Adreno 505, 435, 32 GB eMMC Flash
258 MBit/s ∼45% +130%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
112 MBit/s ∼20%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

Indoors, it somewhat depends on the position, whether the GPS module finds enough satellites to locate us reliably. When it does work, which is mostly near windows or in the attic, with an accuracy of 17 meters (~56 ft), our location position is more of an estimate. Outdoors, the accuracy is also not very high: 9 meters (~30 ft) was the maximum that we measured on a cloudy day.

Then the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 went into our backpack. We also packed the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation unit and then jumped on our bike, to test the accuracy of the GPS sensor. On a 6.5 km (~4 miles) route, the Garmin Edge 500 measures 300 meters (~328 yd) more than the tablet. Already, that is not such a good sign. Finally, the bridge section in particular shows that the MediaPad T3 10 is considerably less accurate in tracing the route than the Garmin Edge 500. Although it should be enough for leisure navigation, there are devices that are clearly more accurate. 


GPS Garmin Edge 500 - overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - forest
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - forest
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - bridge
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - overview
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - overview
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - forest
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - forest
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - bridge
GPS Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - bridge

Telephone and Call Quality

The calling function can either be used via the built-in speaker, or you can connect a headset. Through the internal speaker, the conversation partner sounds actually quite good and is clearly understandable without noise interference. Through the microphone, we also reach the conversation partner quite well, even if we are sitting a little further away from the device.

Cameras

Picture by front camera
Picture by front camera

Cameras are often neglected components in tablets. Obviously, the tablet should have cameras, but the quality is by far not as important as in a smartphone, since there are only few people who really want to take pictures with an unwieldy tablet. Thus the cameras in MediaPad T3 10 do not offer a very high resolution. The buyer is offered 5 megapixels in the back and a meager 2 megapixels in the front. As a result, the pictures of the front camera appear slightly artificial, the color areas spotty, and there are apparent color auras around the objects. Moreover, the colors appear quite pale. While this might still be acceptable for non-demanding selfie pictures, anyone who has more ambitions will not be able to do much with the front camera of the tablet.

The main camera of the tablet shows a pronounced blue tint, large color areas appear spotty here as well, and color auras also appear here. Compared to other mobile cameras, the pictures appear dark and slightly dim, and objects have visible color auras around them. In dark areas, the dynamic is okay. Here too, you should not have demands that are too high, and the image quality is mediocre even for a tablet camera.

With the main camera, videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1280x720 pixels. Colors also appear quite pale, and bright light sources quickly lead to overexposed objects. The change of exposure occurs quite fast, but the sharpness has to be manually adjusted from time to time.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Under controlled lighting conditions, on the photographed color cards the colors appear very spotty at times as well. The main camera shows them too pale in general. The reference card is shown quite blurry on the picture of the Huawei MediaPad T3 10, and the lines are very fuzzy.

Picture of ColorChecker colors. We show the original colors in the bottom half of each patch.
Picture of ColorChecker colors. We show the original colors in the bottom half of each patch.
Picture of reference card
Picture of reference card
Detail of reference card picture
Detail of reference card picture

Accessories and Warranty

Besides a charger and a USB cable, the package also includes a SIM tool and quick start instructions. There are no specific accessories for our test device on Huawei's website. Huawei offers a 24-month warranty on the tablet and 6 months on the battery and charger.

Input Devices and Operation

SwiftKey offers the keyboard app that is pre-installed by Huawei. However, if you do not like it, you can simply select Google's GBoard or download another keyboard app from the Google Play Store. You can type very fast on the pre-installed keyboard app, and there is no noticeable delay during input.

The touchscreen is also very sensitive in the corners and edges and has a surface that offers a slight resistance which feels quite comfortable. The menu keys are displayed on the screen by the software, and the only hardware buttons on the device are on the right side: the volume rocker and the standby key. They can be reached easily and offer a clear pressure point.

Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Its predecessor, the MediaPad T2 10 Pro, was considerably more expensive but also had a clearly higher resolution than our current test device, where you have to be content with 1280x800 pixels. On such a large screen, that is really noticeable and the display appears less sharp than that of the Full HD comparison devices. The IPS screen has the 16:10 format, so in landscape format it is a little higher than 16:9 and there is not quite as much space in the width. With an average of 409 cd/m2, the screen of the MediaPad T3 10 is in the middle of the field of comparison devices and is slightly brighter than the predecessor. 92% evenness of the brightness distribution is a very good value, and thus large color areas appear evenly illuminated.

393
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
399
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
410
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 429 cd/m² Average: 409.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.89 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 410 cd/m²
Contrast: 1281:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
65.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.17
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
IPS, 1280x800, 9.6
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
IPS, 1280x800, 9.6
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
TFT, 1920x1200, 10.1
Screen
-37%
-30%
-34%
-22%
Brightness middle
410
457
11%
392
-4%
370
-10%
542
32%
Brightness
409
453
11%
385
-6%
351
-14%
520
27%
Brightness Distribution
92
87
-5%
91
-1%
89
-3%
91
-1%
Black Level *
0.32
0.49
-53%
0.59
-84%
0.4
-25%
0.68
-113%
Contrast
1281
933
-27%
664
-48%
925
-28%
797
-38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
5.75
-28%
4.5
-0%
4.6
-2%
4.2
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.2
7.8
45%
9.5
33%
6.7
53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
5.33
-167%
4.8
-140%
6.5
-225%
4.8
-140%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.61 84%
2.47 89%
2.17 101%
2.42 91%
CCT
6930 94%
6820 95%
7426 88%
6354 102%
7434 87%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8781 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

A black value of 0.32 cd/m2 is good and so it is not surprising that the contrast achieves a very good value at 1281:1. Still, the colors do not really shine on the display, at least that is our subjective impression. An optional blue filter can be activated and then the color temperature can be selected apart from that. Alternatively, the white balance can be adjusted either within three presets or completely manually.

We perform our test, using the spectral photometer and the CalMAN software in all three presets and evaluate which mode offers the most accurate color display. In all three modes, blue color tones deviate significantly from the ideal of the sRGB reference color space. The lowest average deviation occurs in the "Standard" mode, the lowest maximum deviation, however, in the "warm" mode. White colors and light gray colors have a visible blue tint in the "cold" mode and look best in the "Standard" mode. In general, the deviations are quite low in the grayscale. The color space coverage is not really ample: we find 65% in all three modes. Since the CalMAN measurements are not very exact, this is only a pointer, but the tendency is clear.

CalMAN color accuracy – cold
CalMAN color accuracy – cold
CalMAN color accuracy – Standard
CalMAN color accuracy – Standard
CalMAN color accuracy – warm
CalMAN color accuracy – warm
CalMAN color space – cold
CalMAN color space – cold
CalMAN color space – Standard
CalMAN color space – Standard
CalMAN color space – warm
CalMAN color space – warm
CalMAN grayscale – cold
CalMAN grayscale – cold
CalMAN grayscale – Standard
CalMAN grayscale – Standard
CalMAN grayscale – warm
CalMAN grayscale – warm
CalMAN saturation – cold
CalMAN saturation – cold
CalMAN saturation – Standard
CalMAN saturation – Standard
CalMAN saturation – warm
CalMAN saturation – warm

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 76 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The mediocre brightness allows using it outdoors, although in very bright light, you might not be able to see anything on the screen and would have to retreat into the shade.

If you look at the screen from wide viewing angles, slight brightness displacements become noticeable. But overall, the image still remains quite recognizable.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Using it outdoors – maximum brightness
Using it outdoors – maximum brightness
Using it outdoors – medium brightness
Using it outdoors – medium brightness
Using it outdoors – minimum brightness
Using it outdoors – minimum brightness

Performance

Inside the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, although, with a slightly throttled clock speed of a maximum of 1.4 GHz. In terms of performance, despite the throttling, this is sufficient to provide a clear advantage compared to the predecessor and also to most of the competing devices. Even the more expensive and normally faster Galaxy Tab A has to be content with a tie from time to time. However, it becomes annoying when we look at the graphics unit. Here, an Adreno 308 is used which cannot keep up with the graphics chips in the comparison devices. This is also an obvious step backwards compared to the predecessor, and in some situations the MediaPad T3 10 achieves only half of the points of last year's model. That is unfortunate, since it worsens the overall performance evaluation that begun so well with the processor.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44191 Points ∼17% +20%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
36871 Points ∼15%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
36602 Points ∼14% -1%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
29823 Points ∼12% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
19547 Points ∼8% -47%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1657 Points ∼40% +85%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1040 Points ∼25% +16%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
916 Points ∼22% +2%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
895 Points ∼22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
388 Points ∼5% +802%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
203 Points ∼2% +372%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
81 Points ∼1% +88%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
43 Points ∼1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
468 Points ∼7% +751%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
245 Points ∼4% +345%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
102 Points ∼2% +85%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
55 Points ∼1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12095 Points ∼15% +16%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10816 Points ∼14% +3%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10470 Points ∼13%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7964 Points ∼10% -24%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7737 Points ∼1% +42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6151 Points ∼1% +13%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5490 Points ∼1% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5467 Points ∼1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7786 Points ∼4% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6905 Points ∼3% +13%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6165 Points ∼3% +1%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6116 Points ∼3%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14 fps ∼0% +84%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼0% +58%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼0% +32%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.6 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼0% -21%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼0% +23%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼0% 0%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼0% -15%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
3.7 fps ∼0% -72%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.6 fps ∼0% +107%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.9 fps ∼0% +81%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.5 fps ∼0% +30%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.7 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7 fps ∼0% +21%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.8 fps ∼0%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.2 fps ∼0% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.5 fps ∼0% -22%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2.3 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.7 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.8 fps ∼0%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3458 Points ∼34%
Work performance score
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4813 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4796 Points ∼36% 0%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4246 Points ∼32% -12%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3536 Points ∼27% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
2361 Points ∼18% -51%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
762 Points ∼37% +1%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
753 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
682 Points ∼34% -9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
556 Points ∼27% -26%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9 Points ∼0% -99%
Graphics
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
729 Points ∼3% +67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
511 Points ∼2% +17%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
437 Points ∼2%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
339 Points ∼1% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
135 Points ∼0% -69%
Memory
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1372 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1362 Points ∼22% -1%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
910 Points ∼14% -34%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
750 Points ∼12% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
228 Points ∼4% -83%
System
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2240 Points ∼14% +60%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1397 Points ∼8%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1277 Points ∼8% -9%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1250 Points ∼8% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
921 Points ∼6% -34%
Overall
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1015 Points ∼12% +14%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
891 Points ∼11%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
749 Points ∼9% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
354 Points ∼4% -60%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
283 Points ∼3% -68%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1870 Points ∼5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
666 Points ∼11%

While surfing on the web, we noticed slightly increased load times for pages, although scrolling is mostly quite smooth. Compared to the other tablets in this price range, it is enough for a place in the middle of the field. Demanding HTML 5 content is played with a noticeable stutter, and some games are in parts unusable here since the commands are implemented too late. We test this with the “OUIGO - Let's Play” online pinball game by the French railroad company SNCF.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
14709.9 ms * ∼25% -12%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14064 ms * ∼24% -7%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13191 ms * ∼22%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12839.9 ms * ∼22% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9788.7 ms * ∼16% +26%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3855 Points ∼8% +45%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3320 Points ∼7% +25%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2672 Points ∼5% +1%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2657 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
2408 Points ∼5% -9%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
65 Points ∼8% +5%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
62 Points ∼8%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61 Points ∼8% -2%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
56 Points ∼7% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
Mali-400 MP, SC8830, 8 GB eMMC Flash
37 Points ∼5% -40%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.712 Points ∼0% +49%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
21.2 Points ∼0% +33%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18 Points ∼0% +13%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15.9 Points ∼0%

* ... smaller is better

The performance accessing the storage is good, at least for the microSD cards. We measure this, using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401, which we use as a reference card in all our tests. In writing as well as reading, the MediaPad T3 10 achieves first place in the field of competitors. In random read access of the internal storage, our test unit is also at the front, but during reads and sequential access it is only enough for the last places. Thus the results are mixed.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.7 MB/s ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.09 MB/s ∼57% -15%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24.7 MB/s ∼28% -58%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.98 MB/s ∼16% -76%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
83 MB/s ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
75.54 MB/s ∼78% -9%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37 MB/s ∼38% -55%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17.57 MB/s ∼18% -79%
Random Write 4KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.01 MB/s ∼6% +89%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.86 MB/s ∼6% +86%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.36 MB/s ∼4% +39%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.3 MB/s ∼3%
Random Read 4KB
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50 MB/s ∼29%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.79 MB/s ∼15% -48%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.46 MB/s ∼14% -53%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.59 MB/s ∼8% -71%
Sequential Write 256KB
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121.22 MB/s ∼49% +195%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
78.2 MB/s ∼32% +90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.88 MB/s ∼19% +12%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
41.1 MB/s ∼17%
Sequential Read 256KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
215.76 MB/s ∼24% +39%
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz, 32 GB eMMC Flash
163.48 MB/s ∼18% +6%
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
154.7 MB/s ∼17%
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
131.04 MB/s ∼15% -15%

Games

Subjectively, games do not take any longer to load than on other similarly priced tablets. The graphics power is insufficient for high settings or demanding games, and in “Asphalt 8” playable frame rates are barely achieved, even in the low settings.

The operation via position sensor and touchscreen works well. You can mainly only use it in simpler games such as “Angry Birds” which run without problems.

Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high18 fps
 very low29 fps
Real Racing 3
 SettingsValue
 high27 fps
 low49 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

With the limited performance of the graphics unit, we should expect that the tablet does not warm up too much even under full load. Indeed, the maximum temperature is 32.6 °C (91 °F) at the right side in front. In other places, the device remains cooler, even during prolonged loads. The temperatures are not that much different than those during idle operation.

If the same sequence is rendered thirty times, the frame rates vary only within a small range, as we found out with the battery test of GFXBench. Thus we can deduct that there is no throttling after prolonged loads.

Max. Load
 26.7 °C
80 F
29.1 °C
84 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 26.2 °C
79 F
27.5 °C
82 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
27.3 °C
81 F
31 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 32.6 °C = 91 F
Average: 28.6 °C = 83 F
27.8 °C
82 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.2 °C
85 F
28.4 °C
83 F
28.5 °C
83 F
28.6 °C
83 F
27.9 °C
82 F
28.9 °C
84 F
27.9 °C
82 F
Maximum: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Average: 28.6 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.9 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 30.8 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.6 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.3 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.8 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

Speaker test "pink noise"
Speaker test "pink noise"

Unlike the four speakers of the MediaPad M3 Lite, the T3 10 offers a much simpler speaker arrangement with only a single speaker at the bottom edge. This can become relatively loud, but could not quite convince us in other areas in the test with the ARTA software: there is hardly any bass, the mids are presented too low and the highs too high.

After the practical listening test with various music genres and movie sounds, we can confirm this: sometimes the highs seem too shrill to our ears, which becomes noticeably uncomfortable particularly at high volumes. Because of the missing low frequencies, the sound appears quite thin.

You can connect speakers and headphones via the 3.5 mm port or Bluetooth. The transmitted sound signal is clear and clean.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2027.328.427.32526.62826.6312629.4264029.23129.25025.726.725.7632726.7278026.325.726.310028.828.128.812536.430.736.41603321.73320034.120.434.12503922.53931547.722.847.740048.320.248.350056.522.356.563064.220.364.280071.821.371.8100068.819.668.8125069.518.869.5160069.416.469.4200071.91671.9250072.515.872.5315074.615.874.6400076.315.376.350008115.281630080.41580.4800074.71574.71000076.415.276.41250067.315.267.31600052.615.152.6SPL87.23087.2N64.81.464.8median 68.8median 18.8median 68.8Delta13.33.313.338.334.432.438.336.430.531.336.4292631.72934.329.12634.341.732.439.441.729.62936.229.627.626.728.627.62725.825.42727.822.921.327.830.523.823.330.537.727.422.537.741.136.122.441.149.242.521.349.25449.618.45458.95417.558.959.758.317.559.768.267.417.268.268.369.716.868.368.270.717.368.264.167.117.464.165.268.416.665.267.27017.367.264.167.817.664.165.168.117.665.16770.217.76772.776.217.472.773.277.217.773.259.362.717.959.353.457.218.153.451.955.618.151.979.782.729.879.745.151.51.345.1median 59.7median 62.7median 17.7median 59.71113.51.611hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei MediaPad T3 10Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
Huawei MediaPad T3 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 82% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.66 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 94% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (Checkboxes selectable!)

Power Management

Power Consumption

The charging times are quite long.
The charging times are quite long.

Unfortunately, our measurement device does not provide us with any usable data about the power consumption of the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 and therefore we cannot make any statements here. But what we can say is this: the included power supply is way too small. It merely provides 1 Amp of power. This had already been a problem with the MediaPad M3 Lite, since charging took forever there. The owners of the MediaPad T3 10 also need to be prepared for that: the battery took up to 4:30 hours and more before it was fully charged.

Perhaps a more powerful charger from the smartphone at home might help? We try it with a 2.1-Amp charger, but apparently the charging management limits the amount of power so that charging takes just as long. You probably have no choice other than to wait for the 5 hours, until the tablet is charged, but overnight that should not be much of a problem. If the resulting battery life is correct, we can put up with that. So let us take a look.

Battery Life

The battery of the MediaPad T3 10 can provide a 4.8 Ah or 18.24 Wh capacity. This is in fact relatively little. The predecessor had a 6.6 Ah battery and hence, more than 35% more capacity. That the battery life does not differ much and the MediaPad T3 10 even lasts a little longer than the predecessor in the WLAN test, speaks for our test device. You can surf for 7:19 hours in the WLAN, while without load; the device lasts for almost 19 hours. With that, it should be usable for several days of normal use before it has to be plugged into the outlet again.

With a battery that has a very high capacity, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 offers clearly longer battery life, so that would be the choice for those who value very long runtimes without having to charge again.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 19min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 49min
Huawei MediaPad T3 10
4800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab E (9.6, Wi-Fi)
5000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro
6600 mAh
Asus ZenPad 10.0 Z300M-6A039A
4680 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
7300 mAh
Battery Runtime
1%
6%
12%
94%
Reader / Idle
1134
850
-25%
1230
8%
1275
12%
2634
132%
H.264
527
502
-5%
593
13%
603
14%
893
69%
WiFi v1.3
439
518
18%
416
-5%
435
-1%
826
88%
Load
229
264
15%
248
8%
279
22%
428
87%

Pros

+ solid, flashy metal case
+ quite compact
+ good software
+ optional LTE and call function
+ high-contrast display
+ strong processor performance
+ hardly any heat development
+ decent battery life

Cons

- weak graphics unit
- GPS not very accurate
- long charging times
- weak cameras
- speaker overemphasizes the highs

Verdict

In the test: Huawei MediaPad T3 10. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.
In the test: Huawei MediaPad T3 10. Test unit provided by Huawei Germany.

As already suspected, the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 is not a revolution, but an update. In this, the somewhat confusing model policy by Huawei stands out negatively: in the previous generation there was a stronger Pro model in the mid-range, now there is a slimmed down top model (M3 Lite) and a weaker mid-range model, which is the T3 10. It can offer a cleanly built and quite light case, the equipment is appropriate, and the software is good. You can even make phone calls with the LTE model which is not a given in LTE tablets. 

You should not expect too much from the built-in cameras, which are more of a makeshift solution, rather than being usable for serious photography or videos. The screen has average brightness; the brightness distribution and contrast are good, although it only offers a low color space coverage.

Unfortunately, the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 sits between two chairs: neither can it present itself as a price-performance winner, nor can it advertise outstanding performance in a single task. Thus, it is an average tablet, with which you have to put up with quite long charging times.

After the performance segment where the processor performance is compelling and the storage performance is also quite high in part, we are of two minds, since on the other hand the graphics solution does not manage to deliver sufficient performance for gaming or other more demanding contents on the screen. The battery life is good, but on the other hand, you have to put up with miserably long charging times.

Overall, the Huawei MediaPad T3 10 is not a particularly good deal, but rather an average device in its price range. Only the high processor performance for a low price can be useful in some situations. Aside from that, there are stronger competitors in the same price range, such as the Galaxy Tab A from Samsung, which lasts much longer and offers considerably higher graphics performance.

Huawei MediaPad T3 10 - 06/23/2017 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
35 / 65 → 54%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
6 / 68 → 9%
Application Performance
40 / 76 → 53%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
41 / 85 → 48%
Average
68%
81%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2017-06-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)