And you thought Huawei is only good for making USB mobile broadband dongles for local telcos, eh? Think again as the giant ICT solutions provider has just previewed the MediaPad here in the Philippines, and we were there to witness it. What's so special about the device, you ask? Well, it's actually the world's first 7-inch tablet that has rolled-out packing Android 3.2 Honeycomb!
This is certainly not the first time Huawei dipped its feet in the tablet pool and we're glad it has another offering that's bound to be more affordable compared to others already in the scene. The MediaPad reminds us of the first-gen Galaxy Tab, primarily because of its size. The good thing is it's a bit slimmer than the latter (10.5 mm vs. 11.98mm) although not nearly as anorexic as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 or 10.1. It comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz chip from Qualcomm with 8GB of capacity. We're still not sure how much RAM it packs (it wasn't revealed yet) although we won't be surprised if it has 1GB which is becoming the standard for tablets, even with other 7 inchers like the PlayBook.
As for the other specs, the MediaPad has your usual connectivity features via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (as well as 3G), microUSB and mini-HDMI ports, dual cameras (5-megapixel main with HD video recording, 1.3-megapixel secondary) and a 1280 × 800 touchscreen with IPS (In-Plane Switching). 1080p HD video playback is also supported together with Flash 10.3.
For those wondering, Android 3.2 is the version of Honeycomb that's optimized for 7-inch tablets like the MediaPad (Android 3.1 is aimed at those with larger screen sizes). Based on our few minutes with it, we can say the device has a robust feel to it, is quite snappy and has a decent screen, to say the least. There's still no official word if the device will be eligible for an upgrade to the newly released Ice Cream Sandwich although we're hoping it will be.
The MediaPad is set to arrive next month on local stores. Its SRP is still TBA as of the moment although we're told it will be around the P19,000 - P20,000 range. That's cheaper compared to most tablets out in the market today which is good news for those planning on joining the Android bandwagon this holiday season.
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