Huawei unveils MediaPad X1 - the lightest 7" tablet doubles as a phone, has huge 5000 mAh battery

Huawei used its MWC presence to announce the MediaPad X1, which it claims is the "lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet". At 239g of weight, and 103.9mm width, we'd say Huawei has nailed the dimensions, as these numbers are better than the chief rivals like the Nexus 7, or the Kindle Fire HDX 7.

On top of that, Huawei made the tablet just 7.18 mm thin, too, so you can hardly ask for a lighter, more compact aluminum slate than this. The company did all that slimming down with a purpose, as the MediaPad X1 sports LTE Cat4 connectivity, and you can also use the tablet as a phone. The IPS-LCD display sports the hearty 1200 x 1920 pixels of resolution, as all high-end 7-inchers do, but the screen occupies the whopping 80% of the tablet's front, making it the slate with the best screen-to-body ratio.

Computing power is provided by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor of Huawei's own 28nm  HiSilicon Kirin 910 variety, which supports LTE connectivity. The whole impressive setup is backed by a huge 5000 mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 21 days on standby, and "up to 5 days of continuous use". That's not all, as Huawei also equipped the MediaPad X1 with a 13 MP camera on the back that sports a Sony-made Exmor R sensor, as well as a 5 MP front-facing shooter.

The only downer here is the somewhat older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version, as well as the fact that it will be available in select regions only, such as China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America. We won't be waiting much for a full review of the world's lightest 7-incher, as the aluminum-clad slate will hit shelves starting next month.



1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Holy molly never thought that heaweii would impress me like that. Great now talk my money BITCH!!!!!

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thumbs up! I am really excite to see a tablet with such extremely thin bezels... I wont mind taking calls on it, will work as my 2nd phone... I am buying it... I am on

8. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Hope for a Huawei price. Very good job. On screen is all the money

2. x88yunkw

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

great 1.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

OMG, this thing is gorgeous! Huawei really amazed me.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This scaled down to 5 inch phone... Damn, this is sexy.

4. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good one Huawei...I dig that 7" how much we are talking about here? I am inclined to wait and see if GPE is in plans!

21. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I read on GSMArena that it will cost €399

26. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

So, it should be $399 when it reachs USA. I hope it has LTE for both USA and Europe.

5. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Wow wow wow that's pretty fantastic! I might have to import this to the US!

9. Rocksteady unregistered

This or Nexus 7 2013? Never cared for Huawei, but this looks really nice.

18. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

If you don't care about getting latest Android update, go with this. I'd go with X1.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, I may actually look into this - but, I want to see what Google has planned next before deciding...I wish they had this in a 6-7 inch phablet version....

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

oh, and PHOENARENA - fix your specs page on this device - You show this device as having poor resolution....

25. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

This is X1. X1 =/= M1.

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wow.. This is great tablet,, PA will this work on AT&T GSM?

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This device is amazing, the only thing letting down is the processor

15. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014


14. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011


16. outlawog

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

Why is it a phone for gods sake, Could of cut the price massively if it wasnt.

17. Cyberchum

Posts: 1112; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm getting this trough a family friend travelling to the middle East for business, just don't want to miss this gorgeous device.

19. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

how is that HiSilicon Kirin 910 compared to Snapdragon 800/805 or Exynos 5420 in term of performance?

20. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

239 grams that too with 5000mAH..really surprised me...

22. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

23. cbelltec

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

this device is wonderful wow huawei.... good

24. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

I was going to get the ipad mini but this is better in all honesty!!!

27. Sauce unregistered

Looks just like the iPad Mini

28. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not sure if the device is more impressive, or the love story ad... Brilliant little video, perfect product placement and no over the topness. Just... quality.

29. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Love the small bezels, unlike in the Nexus 7. Looks very iPad-like, but probably much better value.

30. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Android Jelly-Bean? That's not a downside, KitKat came out recently and Jelly-Bean is awesome.

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