This has come as a little bit of a shocker this morning, but Huawei has announced their latest Anroid tablet. The MediaPad is going to be a 7-inch Android tablet that will feature Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), which is the big shocker in this announcement. Huawei is saying that Android 3.2 is merely a 7-inch optimized version of the Honeycomb 3.1 update that has hit the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The MediaPad is going to be no slouch when it comes to specs as it will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera with a 1.3MP front facing one, a IPS capacitive display, full 1080p video playback, HSPA+ (14.4Mpbs), WiFi, HDMI out, 10.5mm thin and weighs 0.86 pounds.
The MediaPad has the makings of being a very nice 7-inch tablet for Android users, although we have no idea where and when this one is going to be released. Huawei says that they are still working on pricing and availability with carriers and retailers, and there is no plans at this time to make a WiFi only version which is a bit of a disappointment. This tablet has the legs to be a front runner in the Android tablet race, but we are going to need a few more details before making a final decision, but you can put us down as “very intrigued and excited”. Hit the jump to check out some more photos of the MediaPad and the full press release.
Huawei Unveils MediaPad –
World’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb Dual-Core Tablet
MediaPad set to transform consumers’ entertainment experience
Singapore, 20 June 2011: Huawei, a leading telecom solutions provider, today launched the Huawei MediaPad, the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet. The MediaPad is a complete entertainment powerhouse driven by Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor and supported by Huawei Device’s Hispace cloud solution. The MediaPad provides the fabulous user experience in a stylish, high-performing and ultra-portable package.
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