Huawei announces MediaPad X1 7 inch tablet and 8 inch MediaPad M1
Huawei are really starting to make ground in the western market, the Chinese manufacturer was relatively unheard of in the US and Europe 18 months ago, now they’re starting to become a household name and the MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1 should help that cause even further.
Huawei would be the first to admit they’ve decided to join the tablet game a little late, with it already being well established in most markets, but they’re hoping to wow consumers with these two new 7 and 8 inch beauties. First up is the smallest of the two tablet, the X1 coming in at 7 inches and 239 grams, you could be forgiven for mistaking this tablet as a phablet, it’s also only 7.18mm thick so can easily be gripped by the hand and can just as easily fit in a pocket.
The X1 has an impressive 323 pixels per inch and a screen resolution of 1,280×920 pixels, this is the same pixel density as 2013’s Nexus 7, something that the X1 doesn’t share with the Nexus 7 is the camera round the back Huawei have managed to squeeze a massive 13 megapixels into the X1’s rear facing camera and also on the front is an equally as impressive 5 megapixel camera, although we here at Pocketdroid strongly advise you to avoid taking pictures with a tablet as it makes you look like a dick.
The basic X1 model comes with 16GB of on-board storage but is expandable up to 32GB via the microSD slot. Under the hood is a quad-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz and also a huge 5,000 mAh battery to keep you going all day, there is also an LTE variant available which will take advantage of the fastest mobile speeds possible, one draw back of the X1 is that, out of the box it comes running the slightly older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Huawei have decided to make it so the 7 inch is the best performer in terms of specifications and the 8 inch is the cheaper, less impressive sibling, that being said the M1 is definitely still a tablet to pay attention to. The M1’s 8 inch body is slightly thicker than the X1 at 7.9mm and weighs quite a bit more than the X1 at 329g, the design of the M1 looks something like a flattened HTC One, but that’s definitely a compliment.
But we all know true beauty comes from within, and what’s inside of the M1 is definitely still impressive, with a slightly smaller 4,800mAh battery, the M1 should still be able to go all day with reasonably frequent use and the 1.6GHz quad-core processor.definitely won’t feel slow. The camera has been significantly downgraded with the rear facing at 5 megapixels and the front facing at 1 megapixel, although as I stated earlier, you should really avoid taking photographs with your tablet at all costs.
The screen resolution has taken a hit too at 1,280×800 versus the X1’s 1,280×920 although you still will be able to watch HD content. The M1 will be available in 8GB and 16GB flavours and will be available in May of this year, although the X1 will be coming to the party slightly later in the second half of 2014 and unfortunately we have no information on pricing as of yet. So, what do you think? will you be getting either of Huawei’s latest offerings let us know in the comments or on twitter.