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Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite vs. Huawei Mediapad T3: Which should you buy?

When it comes to size, dimensions, and even battery capacity, the Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite (opens in new tab) and Mediapad T3 (opens in new tab) are quite similar. But there are some differences we want to highlight, and help you decide which one to buy if you're looking for an inexpensive Android tablet!

Both models come in affordable 8-inch and 10-inch models — the former in a portrait orientation and the latter in landscape. We've compared these two tablets in both sizes, and the M3 comes out on top thanks to its additional features. Check out all the details on how we made our decision below!

8-inch Mediapad M3 Lite vs. Mediapad T3 specs comparison

CategoryMediapad M3 LiteMediapad T3
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 435, octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core
Screen resolution1920x1200 pixels1280×800 pixels
RAM3GB / 4GB2GB / 3GB
Memory16GB / 32GB / 64GB16 GB / 32 GB
Camera8MP front, 8MP rear2MP front, 5MP rear
Battery4800 mAh4800 mAh
Price$169$119
Dimensions8.40 x 4.85 x 0.30 in8.31 x 4.91 x 0.31 in
Weight310 grams350 grams

10-inch Mediapad M3 Lite vs. Mediapad T3 specs comparison

CategoryM3 LiteT3
Screen resolution1920x1200 pixels1280×800 pixels
RAM3GB / 4GB2GB / 3GB
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 435, octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core
Memory16GB / 32GB / 64GB16 GB / 32 GB
Camera8MP front, 8MP rear2MP front, 5MP rear
Battery6660 mAh4800 mAh
Price$219$159
Dimensions9.50 x 6.75 x 0.28 in9.05 x 6.29 x 0.31 in
Weight310 grams460 grams

Where they're the same

Both the Huawei Mediapas M3 Lite (opens in new tab) and the Mediapad T3 (opens in new tab) are pretty solid devices, and while they are definitely more different than the same, they do share a few aesthetic qualities. For the 8-inch version, from the outside, these two tablets look strikingly similar.

They also both share a hefty 4800 mAh battery. This is a battery that will easily keep you going through a few days of use and means you'll have plenty of time between charges for gaming, or watching your favorite shows on Netflix.

How they're different

While these two tablets certainly look alike, they differ under the hood. The Mediapad M3 Lite just manages to pull ahead by virtue of solid features that outstrip the Mediapad T3 little by little.

The Mediapad M3 Lite has the better screen resolution at 1920x1200 pixels compared to the Mediapad T3's less dense 1280x720 pixels. The Mediapad M3 Lite is available in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB sizes, while the Mediapad T3 is only available in 16GB and 32GB. The Mediapad M3 also wins out with an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor against the Mediapad T3's Snapdragon 425 quad-core, and the Mediapad M3 also has more RAM in every size.

None of these differences are major on their own, but with so many features in the Mediapad M3's favor, it's hard to argue that it isn't the superior device. Especially when you consider that the Mediapad M3 Lite is available for $169 (opens in new tab) which is only $50 dollars more than the Mediapad T3's $119 (opens in new tab) price tag.

Size makes a difference

While the 8-inch version of the Mediapad M3 Lite and the Mediapad T3 are very similar in a few aspects, that starts to change with the 10-inch version. Not in terms of design, where they still share a similar look, but from dimensions to the battery, they are quite different.

The Mediapad M3 Lite comes out ahead in every category. It's a tiny bit larger, has the superior screen resolution, rocks more RAM at every level, and is available in 64GB. The biggest difference is the battery that the Mediapad M3 Lite is using, it's packing a 6660mAh battery that will keep you going from the beach on vacation all the way home.

Of course, the bigger battery and larger size do come with a price jump. The Mediapad M3 Lite is available for $219 (opens in new tab), which is a $50 price bump from the smaller size. The T3 also jumps up to $159 (opens in new tab), which is a $40 bump in price.

Once again, the Mediapad M3 Lite manages to win out by virtue of the features it packs under the hood. The massive battery on top of a great processor and larger screen with a better resolution lets it whomp the Mediapad T3, even though it's the pricier of the two.

Which is your favorite?

Do you agree that the M3 Lite is the better tablet? Do you think we should have given the T3 another chance? Let us know about it in the comments below!

Jen is a staff writer who spends her time researching the products you didn't know you needed. She's also a fantasy novelist and has a serious Civ VI addiction. You can follow her on Twitter.

5 Comments
  • Asus ZenPad 3s 10
  • What about the Mediapad M3 (non-lite)? And what about a much anticipated succesor?
  • ...all this WIN spoiled by the processor. imo. Otherwise I would have picked one up.
  • I have a 16 GB T3 10 and I can really recommend getting the 32 GB modell. I have installed a PDF reader, all else is "stock". That leaves me about 2 GB of free storage. It's a nice tablet and very useful for me as a student, I read PDF and take short notes. The lower resolution doesn't bother me. But more storage wouldn't hurt.
  • Please please please take my advice. Don't by any Huawei product if you're US based. I've had to exchange my Matebook (Windows) 3 times already, and there US based support is awful. I would for Huawei's us presence to mature before giving them my money again. Which is really sad, because they have great design.