Huawei unveils its 7-inch Android MediaPad


In a move set to give competition to Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Huawei Technologies has launched the Huawei MediaPad, billed as the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet.

The gadget, driven by Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor, supported by Huawei Device’s Hi-Space cloud solution and Google Android Market, provides a remarkable user-experience in a stylish, high-performing and ultra-portable package.

The MediaPad is the Chinese firm’s smartest, slimmest and lightest tablet yet, measuring 10.5mm (0.4 inches) deep and weighing approximately 390g (0.86 pounds). It features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. It is also WiFi-enabled.

“With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone’s reach. The 7-inch tablet remains the preferred size for portability and Android Honeycomb 3.2 is dedicated to enhance the full potential of 7-inch tablets. Huawei is very pleased to be the first to offer this package to consumers globally,” said Victor Xu, Huawei Device’s chief marketing officer in a release.

“The MediaPad opens up new worlds of entertainment for consumers by removing the barriers to tablet ownership, enabling access to a truly high-quality mobile entertainment experience fully integrated with cloud-based internet content,” added Mr Xu.

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, HD playback and HDMI port.

The MediaPad, whose retail price is still unknown, 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.

Huawei Device, a division within Huawei Technologies, provides smart devices that connect users to the world. Huawei Device partners with 500 operators, including the world’s top 50 operators, across 140 countries.