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Huawei MediaPad X1 priced at under $300 in China, but it won't be that cheap in other markets

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Huawei MediaPad X1 priced at under $300 in China, but it won't be that cheap in other markets
Huawei’s new and sleek MediaPad X1 was officially announced a couple of days ago at MWC 2014 as the "lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet". It certainly is a good-looking device, and its specs are quite nice, too, including an IPS display with 1200 x 1920 pixels, 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera, a quad-core 1.6GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5,000 mAh battery.

Vmall (Huawei’s official online shop for China) is already taking pre-orders for the MediaPad X1, asking $294 (1,799 CNY) for the 3G model, and $326 (1,999 CNY) for the LTE one. The tablet is called Huawei Honor X1 in China, because the Honor brand is well established there.

$294 looks like a bargain for such a tablet, but that price will be significantly higher in other markets. For example, Huawei intends to sell the LTE-capable MediaPad X1 in Europe for $549 (€399). Why is that? Well, according to Engadget, which spoke to Huawei Device's CMO Shao Yang, the company believes that the X1 will be perceived differently in each market. It will be seen by many as a large phone in China, while in Europe it’s going to be perceived as a tablet that has phone functionality.

Yang said that, since the Apple iPad Mini 2 LTE costs about €499 in Europe, Huawei's partners "are extremely happy" with the €399 price tag of the X1. Of course, customers should also be happy about this price, and it remains to be seen if that's the case. 

The Huawei MediaPad X1 will be launched in select markets around the world starting March.

source: Vmall (translated), Engadget

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 13:36

1. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


I dont understand you Huawei - The Apple iPad Mini Retina display is £319 in the UK?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:44 1

2. Florin.T (Posts: 124; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Actually, the £319 one is the Wi-Fi-only model. The iPad Mini with Retina and LTE costs no less than £419, which is exactly €508.82 (according to Google).

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:57

3. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


Oh right! Then the X1 Is quite cheap!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 16:18

4. btbotimtim (Posts: 147; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I am not an apple fan but I would rathr pay 100 euro more for apple.
Huawei is good brand but 100 euro won't convince people to buy huawei regardless of functionality as a phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:21 1

5. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


Almost doubling the price for one geographic location because they think people there 'perceive' it differently isn't right. Might make them some extra dollars (or euros in this case) but not right nonetheless. I kind of hope it doesn't sell as well as Huawei wanted it to just so they can eat their words

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 20:39

6. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Fail.

It should be €295 and €325 in Europe, and $295 and $325 in USA.
What are they thinking?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 00:01

7. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


But what He said, seems Logical.China's Market is Huge and Price sensitive, while in US, there would be more subsidies from Carriers.

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