Huawei’s Mobile World Congress product lineup doesn’t only include its first ever wearable device, but also an ultra-affordable, uber-pretty 4.5-inch phone, and a pair of premium-looking aluminum-built Android tablets.
They knew very well they didn’t stand a chance to steal Samsung or Sony’s thunder on the opening day of MWC 2014, so Huawei bit the bullet and jumped the gun on Sunday. Wise choice, as it would have been a terrible shame to see the Ascend G6, MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1 go completely unnoticed.
Sure, the trio isn’t as “amazing” as Huawei thought. But it’s not bad either. The X1 slate in particular looks sizzling hot, with a top-notch 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution IPS screen, 7 mm waist, 13 MP/5 MP cameras (whoa), 2 GB RAM and comfy 5,000 mAh battery.
The on-board quad-core 1.6 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 CPU leaves us feeling Huawei could have done better, and so does the pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but on the bright side, the 7-incher supports 150 Mbps LTE (aka LTE Cat 4), as well as voice calling.
Oh, and the design. Boy, has Huawei knocked it out of the park aesthetically. The MediaPad X1 is not just incredibly slim and light, but also sturdy as they come, thanks to a smooth metallic finish. And it’s not (too) pricey either, rolling out in Europe and Asia “soon” for roughly $545 (399 euros).
Meanwhile, the larger 8-inch MediaPad M1 actually targets folks on tighter budgets, starting at $410 (299 euros) with the same winning design, high-speed LTE support, phone capabilities, quad-core 1.6 GHz SoC, but far inferior display (1,280 x 800 pix res), humdrum 5 MP/1 MP cams, and a mediocre 4,800 mAh juicer.
Finally, the Ascend G6 is in a nutshell a diminutive, heavily downgraded version of the Ascend P6, though again with a winning exterior. Reasonably priced, at $340 (€249), the 4.5-incher is incapable of standing up to, say, Motorola’s Moto G, with meager 960 x 540 pixels resolution, Jelly Bean and 2,000 mAh battery.
But hey, it’s cute as a button, and packs wicked shooters (8 and 5 MP), plus optional LTE connectivity. All in all, I think Huawei can be pleased with their MWC 2014 efforts.