We recently had chance to play with Huawei’s MediaPad M1 8.0 Tablet. This is a competitively priced tablet which is available on Amazon for just £219.00.

Huawei isn’t one of the most common names in the UK however they have been chipping away at the market with their affordable and well reviewed Android phones with the Huawei Ascend Y530 being one of the best low end phones on the market and the Huawei Ascend P7 being an excellent high end phone that is cheaper than phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.

The specification of the tablet is:

  • Screen – 8-inch, 800 * 1280 IPS full-view-angle screen, 188PPI (pixels per inch), multi-point capacitive touchscreen.
  • CPU/GPU  – Hisilicon Kirin 910 quad core 1.6 GHz, Mali450-MP4
  • ROM: 8 GB (can be customized to 16GB)
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • External Storage: microSD up to 32GB
  • GPS /A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.4&5 GHz (dual band for LTE version)
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 (compatible with 3.0 2.1 + EDR)
  • 4800mAh battery

The tablet also comes with built in 3G and 4G which is without a doubt the standout feature of the device and makes it considerably cheaper than competing 4G products, with the cheapest competitor being the Nexus 7 LTE at £300.

While we didn’t get chance to test it, the MediaPad M1 should let you make and receive phone calls and text messages, which should also mean you can use a standard phone sim in it rather than a dedicated data sim. This should work out considerably cheaper than a monthly data contract.

During my quick test of the tablet I found it quick enough for basic use and while the screen was not as high res as others it was good enough, it should also help extend the batter life.

Overall the Huawei MediaPad M1 appears to be a solid 8 inch tablet which could be ideal if you require mobile data

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