We didn't know much about the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad, which was teased in a weird commercial
last week, but it happens to be the world's first tablet announced with Android Honeycomb 3.2
. You might wonder if that's even possible given the fact that most Android tablets haven't yet been updated to 3.1, but Huawei explains that version 3.2 is basically identical to 3.1 except for the fact that it's optimized for 7 inch tablets. The MediaPad features an IPS screen with 217pixel-per-inch density translating into a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core chip by Qualcomm
, which grants that the MediaPad can handle 1080p full HD videos with ease, but at the same time it won't tax the battery too much with a quoted six hours of battery life.
The tablet packs HSPA+ connectivity with up to 14.4 Mbps on the downlink, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, HDMI and 8 gigs of internal storage, which can be expanded through microSD cards. A 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel one up front will help you capture those important moments when there's no other camera around.
When it comes to the dimensions
of the 7 incher, you're looking at a device standing right in the middle of current offerings with 0.41” (10.5mm) profile and 0.86 pounds (390 g) of weight. On the software front, you have Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and Documents To Go apps preloaded. But its the price tag
that can make this tablet truly exciting, and that's the last piece of the puzzle not yet revealed by Huawei.
The tablet is expected to land on U.S. soil in the third quarter of the year and, interestingly enough, it won't have a Wi-Fi-only edition. Would such a device interest you? The Chinese company is also developing a 10-inch tablet and plans to release it by the end of the year. Feel free to share your thoughts about Huawei and the MediaPad in the comments below.