Chinese telecommunications company Huawei today announced the launch of the Huawei MediPad; a 7-inch tablet PC that runs on Android's 3.2 Homeycomb operating system.
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In terms of specifications, the Huawei MediPad is one of the most feature-packed 7in tablets on the market. It comes with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor, built-in WiFi, light and gravity sensors, 1080p Full HD video playback, dual cameras (including a 5-megapixel AF camera with HD recording capabilities) and HSPA+ 14.4Mbps Internet connectivity.
According to Huawei's press release, the MediaPad measures just 10.5mm at its thickest point and weighs approximately 390g. This puts it roughly in line with the Samsung Galaxy Tab's dimensions (albeit with more functionality packed into the same space).
Connectivity options include a micro-USB port, HDMI-out and a 3.5mm microphone jack.
“The MediaPad opens up new worlds of entertainment for consumers by removing the barriers to tablet ownership, enabling access to a truly high-quality mobile entertainment experience fully integrated with cloud-based internet content,” said Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device.
The MediaPad supports HSPA+ data services, Flash 10.3 video and comes preinstalled with the usual suite of Android applications. Intriguingly, the MediaPad also grants access to Huawei Device’s Hi-Space; a cloud computing solution complete with its own apps store.
We're quietly excited about the Huawei MediaPad. While 10in tablets seem to be the style du jour, we like the 7in form factor . They provide a big enough sized screen yet remain highly portable. (For all its strengths, the Apple iPad isn't exactly something you can slip inside your jacket pocket, for example.)