Huawei’s new Android tablet focuses on sound and multimedia

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BERLIN — Quick, what’s the most important feature you want from a tablet? I’m guessing it’s either better battery life or a better screen, with sound likely being an afterthought. But sound is what Huawei focused on in its new, 8.4-inch Android tablet just shown at an event in Berlin.

It’s called the MediaPad M3, and Huawei partnered with Harman Kardon for the tablet’s 1W stereo speakers, while another company from the world of hi-fi, AKG, has been responsible for designing the accompanying H300 earphones. Huawei added a bit of its own software tweaking to the mix; one feature that stands out is the tablet’s automatic choice of the best sound settings, depending on whether you’re listening to music or watching video.

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Design-wise, the Huawei MediaPad M3 looks like an elongated version of the iPad mini, with thinner bezels on the sides. It has a metallic body, a 2K display and a super-fast (Huawei claims) fingerprint sensor.

Inside, the MediaPad M3 doesn’t lack power; it sports Huawei’s Kirin 950 octa-core chipset, 32/64GB of storage memory (expandable via a microSD card), 4GB of RAM, and 8-megapixel shooters both on the front and the back. A 5,100mAh battery, as well as Huawei’s battery-saving tech, should make sure you don’t have to look for a power outlet too often.

The Huawei MediaPad M3 will launch Sept. 26 in 14 countries, including China, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Japan. The pricing starts at 349 euros for the 32GB Wi-Fi only version; the most expensive variant, with 64GB and LTE, costs 449 euros.

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