First unveiled back at IFA Berlin in early September, the Harman/Kardon-co-engineered multimedia beast finally goes on sale through Amazon today for a reasonable $299. Unfortunately, Huawei didn’t put this time to very good use, leaving the M3 on Marshmallow when it should have really launched with Nougat pre-installed.
Oh, well, you still get plenty of bang for your buck, including a premium audio experience that may soon be exclusive to Samsung devices. Also, the same in-house Kirin 950 processor found inside last year’s super-high-end Mate 8 phablet, paired with 4 plentiful gigs of RAM, 32GB expandable storage, and a decently spacious 5,100 mAh battery.
At 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, the 8.4-inch IPS LCD screen yields a stellar 359 ppi density for “exceptional” visual performance. Speaking of visuals, the Huawei MediaPad M3 is easy on the eye too, with a “lightweight aircraft aluminum body”, “stylish narrow bezel”, and 7.3mm wasp waist. Oh, and there’s fingerprint support, an 8MP camera on the slate’s rear, and another 8MP shooter on its face. All for three Benjamins.
Meanwhile, the 10.1-inch MediaPad M2 originally showcased way back in January is only arriving to the US sometime next month at an unspecified price. A little late for that, and we can’t think of a low enough tag to make the wait worth it.