Monday, June 20, 2011

Huawei Unveils 7-inch MediaPad running Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Huawei has announced a new 7" Android tablet, the Huawei MediaPad, which they claim to be the first 7" tablet to run the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. The 10.1" Samsung Galaxy tablet and 10.1" Motorola Xoom currently run Honeycomb version 3.1.

The specifications that Huawei Device released are minimal: 
  • Thickness: 10.5mm (0.4 inches)
  • Weight: 390g (0.86 pounds)
  • Processor: Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz SnapDragon
  • Video: 1080P full HD video playback
  • Front Camera: 1.3 megapixel
  • Rear-facing camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus HD camera, with HD video recording capabilities.
  • Connectivity: HSPA+ 14.4Mbps, 802.11n WiFi
  • Media player: Flash 10.3 compatible
  • Battery life: specified at 6 hours.
Huawei stated that availability is planned for "selected markets" starting in Q3 2011, and they did not disclose the price. 

At 7", the Huawei MediaPad competes with the original Samsung Galaxy Tab.The Galaxy Tab is actually 10g lighter, though it is slightly thicker at 11.98mm. Samsung is still running the Android 2.2 Froyo operating in the Galaxy Tab, on a Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540. Samsung specifies a 7-hour battery life. 

The Galaxy Tab also has two cameras. The 1.3 megapixel front camera matches the Huawei MediaPad, while the Tab has a lower resolution (3 mexapixel) rear-facing camera. The Tab supports an older, Flash 10.1 revision, of Adobe's media player.

You can watch a brief promo video for the Huawei MediaPad here:

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