By >Tom LESKIN
Huawei touts the MediaPad, world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet
Today we have some interesting news from Huawei. The Chinese company just introduced their new 7-inch MediaPad at CommunicAsia in Singapore.
While there are already some 7-inch slates out and more coming to market, what makes this one impressive is it’s the first said to be shipping with Android Honeycomb 3.2. Huawei said that Honeycomb 3.2 is nearly the same as 3.1, but is tailored to fit 7-inch tablets.
Some of the specs this slate packs in addition to its dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor is a 217 pixels-per-inch IPS capacitive display, GPS, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11n WiFi, and battery life up to 6 hours.
The 7-inch 10.5mm thick tablet weighs 390g or 0.86 pounds, supports full 1080p playback, includes HSPA+ (14.4Mbps) 3G support, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and HDMI output.
With no word on pricing or RAM, Huawai has no plans currently to produce a WiFi-only model, and it’s expected to be available in the US in Q3 2011.
The MediaPad is Huawei Device’s smartest, slimmest and lightest tablet yet, measuring just 10.5mm (0.4 inches) deep and weighing around 390g (0.86 pounds). It supports 1080P full HD video playback and features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. With HSPA+ 14.4Mbps and high-speed WiFi 11n Internet connectivity, the MediaPad doesn’t just entertain – it keeps you connected.
“With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone’s reach,” said Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device. “The MediaPad opens up new worlds of entertainment for consumers by removing the barriers to tablet ownership, increasing access to a truly high-quality mobile entertainment experience fully integrated with cloud-based internet content.”
An Out-of-this-World Entertainment Experience
The MediaPad supports HSPA+ data services, Flash 10.3 videos and comes preinstalled with applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Let’s Golf and Documents to Go. With the 7-inch IPS touch screen, the MediaPad offers a standout visual experience for photos, movies and applications. Entertainment and gaming experience are taken to the next level with the MediaPad’s 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor, high definition playback and HDMI port.
Expansion of Huawei Device’s Smart Offerings
The MediaPad builds on the global success of the IDEOS S7 Slim tablet and cements Huawei Device’s ability to cater to the explosive demand for tablets. According to the International Data Corporation, sales in the tablet market are expected to increase more than fourfold in the next two years. The MediaPad will be showcased at Huawei’s “Smart for Transformation” booth at CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. Along with Huawei’s latest range of smart devices, the MediaPad is a prime example of Huawei Device’s focus on the power of practical innovation.
Huawei Device is a global leader in providing smart devices that connect you with the world, simply. Huawei Device partners with 500 operators, including the world’s top 50 operators, across 140 countries. Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world’s population. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers.
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• Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS
• 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
• 10.5mm (0.4 inches) slim, ~390g weight (0.86 pounds)
• 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 5 MP auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities
• HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps, WiFi 11n
• Dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor
• Over 6 hours battery life
• 1080P full HD playback and HDMI port
• Flash 10.3
• Let’s Golf
• Document to go