Huawei has finally announced the MediaPad, an Android tablet everyone has talked about for a while now. Huawei says the tablet will be the first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet, when it arrives in the 3rd quarter of 2011 launch window.
In terms of specifications, the Huawei MediaPad has a surprise up its sleeve – it’s a Honeycomb tablet without the dual-core Tegra 2 processor! Instead, it packs a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, possibly the same as what the HTC Sensation packs, and it could be potentially coupled with the Adreno 220 GPU, as part of the Snapdragon MSM 8260 chipset. The 7-inch capacitive touchscreen features an IPS display, though for now, no details on the exact resolution – we expect it to be one of these to 1024x600p or 1280x800p.
Other features of the tablet include a slim width of 10.5mm, a weight of around 390 grams, 1080p HD playback, HDMI out, a 5MP autofocus 720p HD video recording-capable rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, HSPA+ 14.4Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Flash 10.3 compatibility. Huawei promises a 6 hour battery life for the MediaPad, as well as access to the Android Market. Huawei also gives users access to its cloud storage solution – Hi-Space.
It will also come pre-installed with applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Let’s Golf and Documents to Go. As for pricing, no information available yet, but with Huawei’s reputation as a low-cost champ, we expect it to come at a very competitive price, even with its Wi-Fi + 3G model.