Huawei unveils the MediaPad X2 - ultra-compact 7-incher with a 5,000mAh battery inside
posted by Peter K. / Mar 01, 2015, 7:25 AM
Last year, Huawei unveiled its MediaPad X1, a compact 7" tablet that boasted telephony functions (a rare sight for tablets). Today, at MWC 2015, the manufacturer is introducing the Mediapad X2, a new member to its tablet lineup that bears a fair amount of upgrades over the MediaPad X1.
The new slate clocks is just 7.28mm thin and comes with a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels which covers more than 80% of the device's front. The MediaPad X2 boasts an "ultra" octa-core, 64-bit Kirin 930 chipset clocked in at 2.0Ghz. The 13MP camera at the back boasts a dedicated ISP chip, which is said to generally improve the low-light performance of the tablets's camera sensor and also bear other goodies to the table. The front-facing snapper is a 5MP one.
The device will be available in two versions - one with 2GB of RAM/16GB of native storage and a beefier one with 3GB of RAM/32GB of available storage. Connectivity-wise, both of these are dual-SIM slates with LTE Cat.6 on board.
We also seem to have a 5,000mAh battery at the back - despite it has a similar capacity to the previous model, it provides an altogether better battery life, namely up to 60 hours of music playback, 12 hours of watching videos, and 15 hours of Internet browsing.
Audiophiles will probably rejoice the Smart PA audio chip and a DTS surround sound technology on board. The MediaPad X2 will be shipped with Android 5.0 out of the box and will launch in many markets - China and Western Europe, for example, will be graced by the Mediapad X2, but there's no information whether the USA will join the mix (probably not).
Barcelona, Spain, March 1, 2014: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled the Huawei MediaPad X2 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. Featuring a fully laminated 7-inch ultra HD IPS screen and a slim body of only 7.28 mm, the MediaPad X2 houses an ultra octa-core chipset, making it the first 64-bit ultra octa-core, 4G-enabled LTE dual-sim phablet. "Following the success of the Huawei MediaPad X1, and having inherited the signature feature of our large screen design, the Huawei MediaPad X2 represents our faith and commitment in creating better quality products with our technology and innovation." said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. "As the second generation of MediaPad, Huawei MediaPad X2 focuses on the five classic applications that are most important to users, which include call quality, social media apps, online shopping, video and camera features to provide an enhanced user experience. We believe that MediaPad X2 will continue to inspire consumers with its outstanding design and superior functionality."
As the world's slimmest 7-inch phablet, the Huawei MediaPad X2 has a thickness of only 7.28 mm.
The aviation aluminum metal texture offers a more classy and business-like design. Its compact borderless screen design offers a screen-to-body ratio of 80%, which makes it easy for single-handed operation. The Huawei MediaPad X2 is the perfect integrated companion combining phone, tablet, navigator, portable battery, mobile hotspot and digital camera, creating a better connected experience for consumers all over the world with one single device.
The Signature Large Screen
Featuring a fully laminated 7-inch ultra 1200 x 1920 HD IPS screen providing a resolution up to 323ppi, the Huawei MediaPad X2 offers clarity for enhanced viewing experience. A wide angle spanning up to 178 degrees ensures optimal visual display even when the device is tilted. The LTPS HD touch display provides incredibly crisp and dynamic visual experience while CABC technology will automatically adjust screen brightness to ensure efficient battery management.
Work Hard Play Hard
Sporting a 2.0GHz Kirin 930 ultra-octa chipset, the 64 bit eight-core CPU of A53 in the Huawei MediaPadX2 has a high processing function yet consumes less power. The Kirin 930 chipset supports LTE Cat6 connectivity with a download speed of up to 300Mbps. The 64-bit GPU Mali-T628 and i3 micro-core provide the Huawei MediaPad X2 with an unprecedentedly strong entertainment experience for users, allowing them to play large-scale 3D games. Together with the integrated audio cavity, the Smart PA chip and a DTS surround sound technology, the Huawei MediaPad X2 ensures cinematic sound quality for video and movie lovers.
Running on a powerful 5000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, which is the largest capacity in the industry, the Huawei MediaPad X2 has enough juice for one day of heavy use. It can support streaming of online video for up to 12 hours, 15 hours of internet surfing or 60 hours of music playing via headphones .
Equipped with a 13MP rear camera, the Huawei MediaPad X2 is exceptionally good in low-light shooting, features a post-shooting focus adjustment metering mode, focus and exposure metering, and off-screen snapping functionality. The 5 MP front-facing camera has an aperture of F2.4 and a wide angle of 22mm, which is ideal for selfie lovers going after the perfect panoramic shot.
Stay Connected Anytime Anywhere
The 2.4G dual-Wi-Fi antenna design of the Huawei MediaPad X2 ensures stable Wi-Fi reception and connection anytime, anywhere. Dual-sim, dual stand-by and dual 4G networks further satisfies the needs of 24/7 business users. Dual-MIC reducing noise technology guarantees call quality for business users in all circumstances and scenarios.
I have mediapad x1 and it is a great a phablet with great battery life. Great audio sound quality which is better than note 4. Display is great as well but cant match note 4's amazing display. 13mp pixel camera is not as good as compare to other 13mps. It is surely the best tablet in 7inch catagory.
I hope Mediapad X2 will be great like its predecessor
Huawei needs a premium chip for higher end devices. They don't use Snapdragon 8xx series chips from Qualcomm.
It's on par with Mediatek MT6795 but not on the same level with Snapdragon 810 or Exynos 7420.
It has weaker A53 cores and older T628 GPU. Not bad at all for mid-range though, quite good actually.
Probably we will see it in Huawei P8 also.
I was tought it will be close to top notch chips this time.
I'm not a tablet guy (outside of Windows 64 based tablets) but seems like a really nice device to browse around stuff at home or during travels.
Will wait for price otherwise i'll end up buying SHIELD 2.
Huawei has a bright future .
But their strategy is extremely wrong .
Now a days apps and games needs high speed GPUs .
Kirin 930 with Mali T-628 ruined everything .
A company which is making 46 billion dollars of revenue supposed to make something brilliant.
I am not a hater of Huawei and this Chinese farm has potentials .
But they are really not doing well with it .
Kirin 930 was not expected to be like this at all.
They do update their devices, the problem is that Huawei is like many other Chinese manufacturers, they have their own ROM, so they will be slower in updating their devices. Those Chinese manufacturers who are quick in updating their devices are OnePlus, Lenovo and Xiaomi.
I believe they will update a ton of devices including your Mediapad X1 to Lollipop soon, because they've already unveiled their first device running Lollipop.
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