Huawei Bows Flagship Tablet
By Joseph Palenchar On Jul 5 2011 - 4:01am
Huawei stepped up its tablet portfolio
by unveiling what it claimed is the world’s first tablet incorporating
the Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system,
which is optimized for 7-inch touchscreens.
The MediaPad is its flagship tablet that will complement
the lower-priced Ideos S7 Slim, which also features
7-inch touchscreen. The S7 Slim has been available at
Best Buy at $299 in a Wi-Fi-only version.
Despite its flagship status, the MediaPad will be the
most affordable tablet in its class, vowed Huawei Device
chief marketing officer Victor Xu at a press conference,
here. “The 7-inch tablet remains the preferred size for
portability, and Honeycomb Android 3.2 is dedicated to
enhance the full potential of 7-inch tablets,” he added.
Other versions of the Honeycomb OS are optimized for
The device, which features a Qualcomm dual-core
1.2GHz processor, will be available in the third quarter
around the world, including the Americas, Asia Pacific
and select European markets, said Xu. It will be sold
through carriers and retailers at pricing will be announced
in “the near future,” he said.
The MediaPad incorporates 14.4 Mbps 3G HSPA+
cellular-data technology and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. Xu
didn’t say whether a Wi-Fi-only version would be available,
though the company has done so in the past.
Compared with Huawei’s other current and past tablets,
the MediaPad is the slimmest, lightest and fastest
yet, the company said. It measures 0.4 inches deep compared
with the Ideos S7 Slim’s 0.49 inches, weighs 0.86
pounds compared with the Slim’s 13.8 ounces, features
14.4Mbps HSPA cellular technology compared with the
Slim’s 7.2Mbps, and has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor
speed vs. the Slim’s single-core 1GHz processor. The S7
features Android 2.2.
Other key features include uni-body aluminum-alloy
chassis, 1080p video capture, 1080p HDMI video output,
preinstalled Flash 10.3, HD-video capture, 5-megapixel
camera/camcorder with autofocus, 1.3-megapixel
front-facing camera for video chats, 4,100mAh batter delivering
up video playback, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, assisted
GPS, and preinstalled social-network apps such as Twitter,
Facebook, AIM and Google social networking.
The device delivers more pixels per inch (ppi) at 217
ppi compared with large-screen rivals such as the Apple
iPad 2 at 132 ppi, the Samsung Tab 10.1 at 149 ppi, and
the Motorola Xoom at 160 ppi, Xu said.
For use with the device, Huawei will offer its cloudbased
services, including its own app store with more
than 2,000 downloadable apps. Huawei will also offer
Cloud-based apps for vertical markets, Xu said. The device
will also access Google’s app store.