The MediaPad M3, Huawei's latest attempt to compete with mid-sized tablets in the iPad Mini niche, has only been officially available in the US for a week. But the tablet is already on sale, and by an impressive 20% no less. Amazon is selling the MediaPad M3 for $239, $60 off the retail price. That's not bad at all for a device with its specs, especially since competition in the premium Android tablet space (and in this smaller form factor) seems to be so thin these days.
The MediaPad M3 uses an 8.4-inch, 2560x1600 LCD screen, a full aluminum body that's appreciably thin at 7.3mm, and dual stereo speakers. The CPU is Huawei's own Kirin design with an octacore big-little architecture topping out at 2.3GHz, paired to 4GB of RAM, which should be enough to handle just about any Android task even on the high-res screen. The tablet comes with a generous 5100mAh battery, 32GB of storage (there's a MicroSD card slot according to Huawei's spec page, but it's not mentioned on Amazon) and 8MP cameras on both the front and the back. Though LTE versions of the tablet are sold internationally, the US only has access to the Wi-Fi model at the moment. Oh, and yes, it has a headphone jack.
The software is Android 6.0 plus Huawei's "Emotion UI," and the model sold on Amazon does not appear to include the Harman Kardon headphones packaged with the MediaPad M3 in some other regions. Though the tablet is made in silver and gold colors, only the former seems to be on sale today. It's not clear how long this promotional price will last, but I wouldn't count on it staying so low past this weekend.