Huawei MediaPad X2 hands-on


Is it a phone or is it a tablet? The Huawei MediaPad X2 is a new 7-inch device with some serious identity problems: it's too large to be considered a phone yet it can make and take calls, and it's smaller than most current-day tablets.

In our day of absolute variety and plentiful choice, this new option, however, will hardly surprise many. With its extraordinary size in mind, let's look at what is under the hood of this new MediaPad X2.

There are two versions of the device: a 16GB model with 2 gigs of RAM (the more affordable one), and a 32GB version with 3GB of RAM (pricier).

The rest of the specifications of the two models are identical: the 7-inch display looks good at first sight, and it sports a 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution; both run on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei's Emotion UI in its latest iteration, feature the company's octa-core Kirin 930 system chip, a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

The tablet is not too heavy, tipping the scales at 239g and it's very slim as well at just 7.18mm. It also supports 4G LTE connectivity.

There is still no official price and release date for the Huawei MediaPad X2, but judging from the $445 (€399) price of last year's MediaPad X1 predecessor, we expect something in the same ballpark.

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14 Comments

1. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I know the American hate the big phone, but this WILL SELL very nicely in Asian & South east Asian market. Especially among teenager who have strict budget and can't have both phone and tablet.

6. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Agreed! Such as the big size if add some HTC feature like speaker, will make it more tempting

13. phableton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Many people in the US would by this phone beacause the fact is American's don't hate big phones. US stores just really, really dislike selling them. I have not found anything over 5.7 inches in any store in the U.S.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I would've expected them to move to a T700series GPU but I guess not

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Oh look it's the missing HTC M9 plus.

4. Simona unregistered

Haha pharena like slagging just bcos it is huawei :DDDDD Aah u are pathetic really .. This device is best of tablets ..bcos it offers you to make call and send sms... And I have feeling that you have no idea what loud speaker function is Hahah pathetic/ naive phone arena is..

5. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I agree, it is the best of tablets which you can get. My family who have ipads envy me for having mediapad x1. It is way better than any ipads or galaxy tabs

7. Simona unregistered

Exactly I purchased ipad mini 2 for GF bcos she wanted it .. And now she complaining that websites are not compatible nothing works on it .. you cannot pick colums if you want order bus , train , holidays.. She is so pissed and she wants me to sell it .. :DD

9. greenrolaids

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

She sounds like a train wreck of intelligence. I'd get rid of her before she starts whining for a baby..

8. MarkMcCoskey

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

If this 7" smartphone has T-Mobile USA's LTE bands 2, 4 and 12, then this is exactly what I've been waiting/looking for.

10. DennisBlaine

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

This is the phone I have been waiting for. I live in turkey, it is difficult to buy phones outside Turkey, I hope very much it will be available here

11. applesdg

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I ordered my MediaPad X2 from Amazon.com

12. phableton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

It looks like a tablet because they made the ratio 16:10 instead of 16:9 like every other smart phone. Strange design decision.

14. rduggal

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2016

I have used this phone for the last 11 months, with some very bad experience. The dialer crashes most of the times when you start dialing a number starting with the digits 1, 0 and few others. The workaround is to start with 9, backspace and then it would let you dial any digits to start with. It is shocking that no updates fixed this issue. The automatic brightness control never worked, I always had to bump up the brightness manually under certain conditions. The display is hard to view in sunlight unless you increase brightness manually. Not sure whether that makes it an issue of aut-adjust failure or the display itself being unsuitable to daylight viewing The 4G data connections randomly stops working (e.f., when you turn data on after a period of turning it off because you were in a wifi zone). To confirm that the signal is ok, I have always found that a power-cycle fixes the problem while I am still at that spot. I naturally did not feel inclined to raise this with their support all along hoping for fixes in updates, but 11 months is long enough, I am finally dumping it in favour of a Samsung Note 4. I have somehow tolerated this phone for 11 months only because I did not feel like wasting the AUD 500 approx I spent. I would not be buying Huawei products again, as this one is obviously a poorly tested product rushed to marketing, and that doesn't give me much confidence in the company's customer experience focus.

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