Huawei unveils 7" MediaPad with Android Honeycomb 3.2

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?

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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: Android, Google, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Huawei unveils 7

    Eh. Is that plastic? Because its kind of cheap-looking, and i mean that in the Maylong sense. I dont mean it doesnt have good specifications, or that its actually cheap, but industrial design is a thing ignored at one's own peril.
    nickswift498
    • Against iPad 'good' is not enough; it should be 'as good' at least, and it

      @nickswift498: ... is not -- with much slower SoC, worse screen, lack of apps, et cetera.
      DDERSSS
      • you have an unusual way of reading specs

        @DeRSSS you've missed it on each item you mention
        archangel9999
    • huh?

      @nickswift498 looks like aluminum not plastic in the picture - faster chip, higher density screen, etc - what's the problem ?
      archangel9999
  • RE: Huawei unveils 7

    Is it Android 3.2 or 2.3?
    odhiambo@...
    • read the text

      @odhiambo@... "First to use honeycomb 3.2" - "first to use" would hardly mean 2.3
      archangel9999
  • Apple style?

    This thing looks like a giant iPhone 4. Guess it's easier to copy Apple than think up your own design (nothing new). As a small-time app developer, I will *not* be making any apps for this, or any other Android device, at least for the near future. According to my information, Android users are either too cheap or too disinterested to purchase apps, so good luck getting any apps that are more than free stuff done by teenagers and other hacks. Even if I do eventually make apps for Android, I dread trying to manage selling them through 10+ different "app stores".
    eastmont