First Look: Huawei MatePad T 8

The kid-friendly tablet gets a quick rundown!

Here’s a quick first look at Huawei’s newest tablet, the Huawei MatePad T with an 8-inch display, a MediaTek chip, and a 5,100mAh battery capacity.

Huawei MatePad T 8 specs:

  • 8-inch HD LCD display, 1280 x 800 px
  • 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek MT8768
    PowerVR GE8300
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage with microSD card slot up to 512GB (dedicated)
  • 5MP f/2.2 AF rear camera
  • 2MP f/2.4 selfie camera
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
  • EMUI 10 (Android 10)
  • 5,100mAh battery capacity
  • Colors: Deepsea Blue

Unboxing the rather-compact box reveals the essential components, including the tablet itself, documentation, a 1A charger, a micro USB cable, and a SIM ejector tool.

From the get-go, this device feels really solid. The front has the 8-inch display and slimmer side bezels are noticeable despite the affordable price tag. There’s a call speaker and a 2-megapixel selfie camera at the front. The top and bottom bezels are all bulked up and it helps with using the laptop in landscape orientation.

Flip the device to its back, and we get the polycarbonate back in a flat DeepSea Blue color, diffusing light as it passes by. The camera sits The finish also leaves fingerprints, though these can be easily wiped off. The top and bottom parts, connected to the sides, have a rubbery feel when touched.

Each side has something to see. The right side has the power/lock button and the volume rockers, while the bottom has the micro USB port at the rightmost part. The left side has the microSD and SIM card slots tray, while top houses the loudspeaker grille and the 3.5mm audio jack.

This slate also marks the company’s first big-screen device to be shipped with Huawei’s Mobile Services core. That means you’ll see more of the AppGallery when you need to download your favorite apps.

There’s also a dedicated Kids Mode app pre-installed here, which makes the tablet a lot more, well, kid-friendly with posture alerts, Blue light filter, and app usage controls. We noticed upon opening that it uses your device password to modify or exit the app.

The Huawei MatePad T 8 goes on sale for PHP 5,990 on offline and online dealers nationwide. Pre-orders for the device until June 21 comes with over PHP 3,298 worth of freebies in tow including a HUAWEI MatePad T Official Flipcover, HUAWEI Cloud Storage for 12 months, HUAWEI Video VIP Membership for 3 months, WPS Premium Membership for 3 months, a P150 CashBack from Pesoloan, and a colorful Bluetooth speaker.

Is this a tablet good enough for your kids to use this upcoming school year? We’re going to use this device in the next few weeks and give you our verdict through our review.

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