Huawei unveils 7" MediaPad with Android Honeycomb 3.2

Summary:Huawei's MediaPad is the first to run Android Honeycomb 3.2 optimized for 7" tablets. It hits all the right notes but will it be available in America?

Those who are looking for a 7" tablet running Android Honeycomb may want to keep your eyes out for the Huawei MediaPad, which was just launched at CommunicAsia in Singapore today.

The MediaPad is the world's first slate to use Android 3.2, a version of Honeycomb customized for 7" devices. Huawei has not revealed many details like its price or expected ship date yet but we do know it sports a dual-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz CPU, a front facing 1.3 megapixel and 5 megapixel rear HD camera with 1080p full HD playback, in a 0.86 lbs, 0.4" (10.5mm) slim package. According to Engadget, the MediaPad is a "fair bit chunkier than the newfangled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm), but still slimmer than the original Tab, which clocked in at 11.98mm."

Its battery will keep the slate powered up for over 6 hours at a time, providing HSPA+ 14.4Mbps and high-speed Wi-Fi 11n connectivity to the 7" device with IPS touchscreen. The MediaPad also has an HDMI-out for connecting to your HDTV and can link with other devices via Bluetooth. It will be preloaded with Flash 10.3 support and includes Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and Documents To Go.

Huawei has no plans for a Wi-Fi-only model and is unclear on whether this tablet will reach America at all.

[Source: Huawei press release via Engadget]

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, Laptops, Tablets


Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.She has written for, Popular Scienc... Full Bio

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