Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei has announced a high-profile 7in Android tablet which will be the first in the world to ship with Android 3.2.
While this will certainly give Huawei a reason to boast, in reality the update won’t be too noticeable from the recent Android 3.1 upgrade. The company says that the main difference between the two is that the latest version is designed specifically for the 7in form factor rather than the more usual 10in tablet design. The Huawei MediaPad will ship in Q3 2011 in the US according to the company, though there are scant details available about it coming to other regions. The MediaPad will come with a nippy dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm though details of what RAM will ship is still to be ironed out with Huawei saying it is “working with partners on specifics." The tablet is slightly on the chunky side at 10.5mm but it comes with an IPS capacitive touchscreen, which packs in 217 pixels-per-inch. It has a front 1.3 megapixel camera with a 5 megapixel camera on the rear. It will ship with 8GB of storage - expandable via a microSD card slot.
Weighing in at just 390g the 7in tablet will ship with apps from Facebook, Twitter, Let’s Golf and Documents To Go pre-installed. There will also be Bluetooth, an HDMI port, Flash 10.3 support and the ability to playback 1080p video. According to the Chinese company, there won’t be a Wi-Fi only version shipping so you’ll probably have to sign-up to a contract to get your hands on this 7incher. “With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone's reach," said Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device. There has been no word on pricing yet but from the rather odd teaser trailer below, we have to admit that the tablet does look like an intriguing prospect.
The 7in tablet area is one where no one company has established themselves as outright leaders with the HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook current market leaders. But Huawei could stake its claim if it manages to get the pricing right for the MediaPad considering the advantage it has with Android 3.2.