It was just two weeks ago when Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment company, Huawei, introduced their new range of Android smartphones. This afternoon, Huawei had a global launch of their MediaPad, which touts to be the world's first 7-inch dual-core tablet to run Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS.
Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei, talked about the company's position and goal, which is to be the top five leading vendor in the handset space worldwide by 2015, and leader in mobile broadband device and home device (connected home solution).
"This year, we are proud to launch the the first Android 3.2 operating system for a 7-inch tablet. One important feature is the high definition display of this device; the MediaPad has a rated 217 PPI (pixels per inch) compared to the competitors in the market to give you a better visual experience. The tablet can also provide you with the very best entertainment experience; it can support full high definition (HD) 1080p video playback as well as HD HDMI output" Xu explained.
Of course, that is not discounting that the MediaPad is equipped with Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor and supports Huawei Device’s Hi-Space cloud solution and Google Android Market. According to Huawei, the company will have the Wi-Fi and 3G versions, though the offering would differ from country to country. No pricing information is available at press time, though the MediaPad is said to be available in Q3 this year.
Huawei MediaPad hands on
The MediaPad has a aluminium uni-body which feels very sturdy, and at 7-inch, it doesn't really feel very heavy. While the tablet claims to incorporate Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, the one we hands-on was said to be a prototype model running Android 3.1. From what we gathered from Huawei, Android 3.2 is said to be optimized for 7-inch tablet devices with improvement including graphics performance and Google Maps functionality.
At the top of the MediaPad holds the power button and the volume controls. On the upper left hand corner of the display is the 1.3-megapixel front camera, designed for video calls.
Opening the rear compartment revealed the SIM card and microSD memory card slots. On the right side (close to the rearcompartment) are the power, mini HDMI and microUSB connectors.