In recent years the smartphone and tablet market has started to go the way of the gimmick. With new devices looking and performing so alike, many manufacturers have leaned on things like bending screens, fingerprint scanners hidden in odd places, and exotic materials for construction.

All of this means that, if you just want a Swiss Army knife device that can do everything, you will have to do a bit more searching. All those gimmicks drive up prices and you’ll probably end up using those odd features once or twice before forgetting about them.

Enter the Huawei MatePad T8, a true all-rounder that can do everything you can ask from a tablet, while also doing it for less.

Lightweight entertainment on the go

While we’re all doing far less travelling recently, a tablet still needs to be portable and comfortable to use for extended periods of time. Unlike a smartphone, you are usually settling in for longer use periods with a tablet, whether that’s watching a movie, reading a book or just binging right through an entire season of a show.

To that end the MatePad T8 has an 8 inch screen with a few features that set it apart.

Firstly the screen goes right to the edges with an 80 percent screen to body ratio. That’s enough bezel so you can get a good grip on the sides without touching the screen ,while also not being too much, which makes most tablets rather unsightly.

Secondly this screen layout, combined with the metal body, results in a device that weighs just 310 grams. A device of this size and weight means it’s effortless to use for longer durations. If you’re the type who loves to hold their device up in bed while lying down those few extra grams or millimetres really make the difference, and you can feel it here.

All of this is powered by a rather large 5 100 mAh battery which Huawei says can power through 12 hours of web browsing or 12 hours of video playback. If you do get the chance to leave the house (and the wall charger) this is a great perk, and you can also stay connected when outside the range of your router because this tablet supports LTE.

So, how much does all of this cost? With electronics recently seeing a massive price increase in South Africa due to the fluctuating rand, it’s easy to get sticker shock nowadays. You can pick up a Huawei MatePad T8 from the Huawei Store for just R2 999.

For your money you’re not just getting a tablet either. That store link will actually take you to a bundle which includes the tablet in blue, a flip cover and a Bluetooth speaker. These additions really make this the full package as you can protect your new purchase as well as really boosting the volume and range of whatever you’re watching or listening to.

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