Huawei introduces Android "call-enabled" tablet with 7 inch screen
posted by Alan F. / Jun 25, 2013, 12:30 AM
Back in March, we told you about the 7 inch Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue. At the time, we noted that the rendering of the device included an earpiece giving us the idea that perhaps at least one of the models of this series would include calling capabilities. On Monday the Chinese manufacturer announced that the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue will come to market with an aluminum uni-body design, quad-core processor and a 7 inch display.
"Building on the popularity of the Huawei MediaPad series, we’ve created a new tablet that caters to fashionistas, technology seekers, entertainment junkies, and people who simply expect more from their technology. We’re delighted to introduce the MediaPad 7 Vogue, our call-enabled tablet with world-class entertainment capabilities and long-lasting battery power. The MediaPad 7 Vogue is a perfect example of Huawei’s dedication to making extraordinary experiences possible."-Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group
The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue has a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and a 16-core GPU. A 4100mAh battery keeps the lights on and Huawei's proprietary power saving technology allows users to watch 4 movies in HD or talk for 20 hours on one charge. The antenna on the unit surpasses U.S. and European carrier standards and Emotion UI 1.5 runs on top of Android 4.1. This is not an LTE model, offering HSPA+ connectivity as fast as 42Mbps with Wi-Fi connectivity also supported. The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue brings a new feature to those low-priced 7 inch Android tablets. It's hard to imagine making a phone call on the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. Will this unit spur those manufacturers into action? Accessories made for the device include a wireless QWERTY keyboard, a mouse and an external flash drive. The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue will be available in black or white and will launch in China this month with other markets to follow afterward.
The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue dwarfs a user's ear when making a call
[Shenzhen, China, 24 June, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched the HUAWEI MediaPad 7 Vogue, the latest in Huawei’s range of products that make great technology accessible. With a 7-inch display, aluminum unibody and quad-core processor, the MediaPad 7 Vogue provides the perfect mix of functions from a tablet, smartphone and entertainment center in one stylish and portable device.
“Building on the popularity of the HUAWEI MediaPad series, we’ve created a new tablet that caters to fashionistas, technology seekers, entertainment junkies, and people who simply expect more from their technology,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “We’re delighted to introduce the MediaPad 7 Vogue, our call-enabled tablet with world-class entertainment capabilities and long-lasting battery power. The MediaPad 7 Vogue is a perfect example of Huawei’s dedication to making extraordinary experiences possible.”
The HUAWEI MediaPad 7 Vogue boasts a built-in receiver for direct calling capabilities that remove the need for headphones. It features a powerful quad-core 1.2GHz processor CPU and 16-core GPU, fluid 3D gaming and 1080p full HD video playback. The 3G module supports DC-HSPA+, and downlink speed can reach up to 42Mbps, and the Wi-Fi connection supports 802.11b/g/n for fast streaming of movies or videos. MediaPad 7 Vogue also features a 4100mAh Li-Polymer battery and Huawei’s proprietary power-saving technology, enabling playback of four HD movies or more than 20 hours of continuous calling on one charge. The MediaPad 7 Vogue’s antenna performance is top-class, exceeding most operator standards in the US and Europe.
With its strong and sleek aluminum metal unibody design, the MediaPad 7 Vogue is ultra light and compact at just 9.5mm thin and weighing only 335g. Its 7-inch capacitive 1024 x 600 (IPS) multi-touchscreen with full view-angle and vivid display, offers a dazzling visual experience to bring your photos and videos to life.
Running on Android 4.1, the MediaPad 7 Vogue is pre-installed with email, word processing, Facebook, YouTube, and GPS navigation, and also features Huawei’s proprietary Emotion UI 1.5 providing a more user-friendly and personalized experience.
Offering seamless connectivity, the MediaPad 7 Vogue’s Micro USB port is compatible with a full-range of accessories including an external keyboard, mouse and USB flash disk, while the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Airsharing functionalities allow for swift content sharing wherever you are.
The MediaPad 7 Vogue comes in black and white and will be available in China this month, with other markets to follow.
"But the ability to make and take calls on such a device instantly moves it to the top of the line as the largest smartphone in the industry, swamping the all-of-a-sudden puny looking Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The model even blows away the rumored 6.44 inch screen on the upcoming Sony Xperia ZU."
But what about the Samsung tab 7.0 plus and the Samsung 7.7, they both had phone calls capability before the huawei.
Excellent point which is why I've taken out the offending paragraph. Thanks. Sammy really didn't promote this feature as much as it should have and the lines between phones and tablets are becomming blurry.
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