New Android 3.2 Tablet MediaPad from Huawei

by on June 21st, 2011


Chinese telecom company Huawei unveiled today its new Android 3.2 powered tablet, called the MediaPad. The news was given during an event in Singapore, as well as a release date, set around September.

According to officials from Huawei, Honeycomb 3.2 is essentially the same as 3.1, only adapted to a smaller screen size, 7 inch as opposed to 10. As well as including a Video Demo to describe its interface, the Chinese manufacturing company also released the tablet’s technical specifications. Beneath its sleek 10.5 mm wide shell, the MediaPad holds a 7 inch capacitive screen with 217 pixels per inch, with IPS for a wider angle display.

The tablet also has GPS capability, a 1.3 megapixel frontal camera and another 5 megapixel on the opposite side, wireless 802.11n support, a battery with estimated 6 hours autonomy and the best addition of all, a Qualcomm manufactured 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Weighing in at just under 400 grams, the MediaPad will support 1080p HD display, having an HDMI port, as well as 3G HSPA+ (14.4 Mbps), will offer only 8 Gb internal memory but also a microSD slot for memory upgrades. In regards to software, the tablet will come with applications dedicated to Facebook, Twitter, with a “Documents To Go” application, as well as Flash Player 10.3.

While Huawei branded this new Honeycomb-based device with the idea that “design, functionality and performance is within anyone’s reach”, this performance heavy tablet has not come with a price tag, or even a rough outline of its cost on the market. The company has also kept some other technical specifications secret, such as RAM, apparently all coming down to the retail and production partners.

Unfortunately, the hardest blow to this shiny new creation is the lack of plans  to have a 3G independent model (utilizing only WiFi), meaning that users who wish to use it without carrier subscription will have to look elsewhere.