Introduction


Big phones are big business, there’s just no denying the kind of momentum swing we’ve seen in the phablet segment over the last few years. The trends seemingly show that consumers want bigger and bigger phones, evident by the popularity of phablets like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and Google Nexus 6 to name a few.

However, many people are also more comfortable than ever before using a tablet as a daily driver, but the one aspect that's often lacking in such devices is phone functionality. That’s where the Huawei MediaPad X2 comes to mind as being the ultimate solution, as it brings the full smartphone experience in a tablet size. Phablets are highly regarded as the bridge devices, appeasing both segments as best as they can. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the even larger MediaPad X2 can prove to be effective enough to be a daily driver.

The package contains:
  • Huawei MediaPad X2
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger

Design

Combining a compact body with premium materials, the MediaPad X2 is a delightful looking thing.

Officially announced over Mobile World Congress 2015, the Huawei MediaPad X2 boasts a design that’s identical to its predecessor – one that’s premium in nature, thanks to it employing a sleek metal body. For a 7-inch device, we’ve got to admit that they’ve trimmed off a lot to make it pretty compact, but interaction is best achieved with two-handed operation. That’s because there’s just so much real-estate for our thumb to cover with the screen! Sporting uniformly flush surfaces, there are no distracting qualities about the aesthetics here. On top of that, the added weight undoubtedly provides a more substantial quality to the MediaPad X2.

Out of everything, it’s the sheer size of the Huawei MediaPad X2 that’s so astonishing, especially to strangers who happen to glance at it briefly when using it for phone calls. Most of the time, people are instantly galvanized to find out that there’s phone functionality in a tablet size. If you want a conversation starter, the MediaPad X2 will surely be it!

Placing the volume controls and power button on the right edge makes sense, as they’re in spots that make them readily accessible. At the same time, too, it’s nice to see that Huawei allows for expandable storage with the unit’s microSD card slot. Other common staples around its sides include the 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB 2.0 port, microphone, dual SIM slots, and noise cancelling mic. The earpiece above the display ensures that it’s more phone than tablet.


Display

It's like a 7-inch smartphone!

Accompanied with 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD screen, a typical size for a tablet, but obnoxiously gigantic for a smartphone, it comes out to a pixel density of 323 ppi – giving it sufficient detail. Beyond that, though, its true qualities begin to manifest and then crumble. While the screen has a nice look from a 90-degree angle, there’s noticeable distortion when it’s tilted, causing the display to exhibit a washed out look.

By just looking at the display, it’s instantly noticeable that there’s a subdued appearance, made more profound with its somewhat cold 7277K color temperature. It’s undeniable that it’s not the most accurate by looking at the sRGB spectrum chart below, as it misses most of the target values for each gradient. However, the 524 nit luminance is potent enough to make it visible in direct sunlight.

Yes, the 7-inch screen is mighty generous, but as much as it’s a head turner, it makes it impossible to operate using one hand. Stretching our thumb barely encompasses most of the real estate, so it’s more logical to use two hands for this.


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28 Comments

1. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

A good buy for the price indeed. Huawei is getting more interesting.

5. waddup121 unregistered

Huawei BigazzPad x2

2. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

The camera of a tab less used then phones . So, I don't really care . What I liked a lot is the battery . So, I am extremely positive about it .

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

The Mediapad X2 use to come with lollipop , this one has 4.3!!!!!

4. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

14. capuchino15

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Do they sell it here?

6. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

cool phone. in old time, one my friend use galaxy tab for phone. this one look better

7. benodiktine

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Does anyone know if you can just install a Launcher to get the the functionality of an app drawer? That would solve that problem. Very interested in this device but the P8 Max is also very tempting, it has lollipop, the newer UI, and multi window capabilities built in but it will also cost you at least $200 more if not 3 or 4 hundred dollars more.

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Anyone looking for a true tablet/phone this is a dream come true. My only complaint is I wish they would have given it a custom UI over it that was made for huge phones with that much screen. There's no multiview like function, there is no extra features whatsoever to take advantage of such a huge display. But for the cost, it's not bad at all.

9. Edsa06

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

I just got the Huawei Honor X2, its running emui3.0 or lollipop. Isn't Huawei mediapad x2 same as honor x2?

20. ajsmsg78

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Yes it is

10. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

No app drawer? Geez it can be replaced with a free high quality launcher within moments. What's all the fuss about the ui on an android phone? It can be replaced if you don't dig it. That's the beauty of Android. Bloatware is a no no, though..

11. elio367

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I have migrated from a SONY Xperia Z Ultra to the Huawei MediaPad X2 and am very pleased I did so. My MediaPad X2 has 4G, a better camera, a bigger screen, better battery life and a better speaker. I would like to point out a number of inaccuracies within the review. In relation to the review, the criticism of the colour temperature being inaccurate..well this can be easily changed within the display settings. I got 5.0 Lollipop on board when purchased and EMUI 3.0.5 and have since had a ROM upgrade OTA to B13 build. My score in Antutu was 50000+ I do not miss something I never used on the Z Ultra, namely NFC. If you don't like EMUI user interface Huawei have pre loaded then the beauty of Android is that any custom launcher can be installed and confuigured to the users preference. The only slight criticism I take on board is that better use could have been made of the large screen, this I could achieve with use of a different launcher from the Play store. I am sure the default browser could be set to any of the users choice (Chrome, Firefox etc.) also quite easily. All in all the Huawei MediaPad X2 is brilliant and deserving of a score closer to 9 out of 10.

23. kennobi

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Hi elio367, Since you are migrated from the Z ultra. Is best to consult your opinions if the mediapad X2 as powerful as the Z ultra in terms of heavy 3d gaming. I know the antutu was 50000+ but some review stated it has a poor GPU hence has a pretty low rating in the gaming performance and will not be running good at heavy 3d games. Thanks.

12. Chewy58204

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Elio367 Thank you very much for your comment. I have the Sony Xperia Z Ultra right now. I've had it for almost two years and have loved it. However, I've almost been disappointed with the lack of flash, low speaker volume, and horrible battery life. I've had a lot of fun with my Ultra though. I've really enjoy trying different ROMs on it that have really pushed it to it's limits. I can't wait to purchase the X2 and root that as well!

19. ajsmsg78

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I had the Z Ultra for two weeks before it crapped out and then I bought the X2. There is no comparison between the two phones. The Z Ultra was too big for its screen size, the camera had no flash so you couldn't use it as a flashlight, the CPU was slower, the screen was just average and the speaker was probably the worst speaker I've ever used on a smartphone other than the ZTE ZMax. The battery life was horrible too. Even finding cases for it was a chore. Get the X2 it's frikkin awesome!

13. capuchino15

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Please, please. I really would like to know where is the best store to get this phablet. There so many different descriptions every where I found it available with so many different specs. Could someone direct me where is the best place to buy it the original right device? Please...thank you!

18. ajsmsg78

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

eBay...zomlong-trading. They sell both the Silver 16gb and Gold 32gb versions.

15. cymon

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

Does anyone know if this is being released in the UK. I've tried various places, but, no one has heard of it Thanks

16. UnbreakableAli

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Something weird about the review ????? I have the mediapad x1 which is a year older than x2 and it's already has emui 2.3 and kitkat 4.4.2 !!!! It's worth mentioning though that the device comes with multiple options , a Chinese one and international one .... one with 16 gb and another with 32 gb ...

17. ajsmsg78

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I picked up one of these to use on T-Mobile. I bought the Gold 32gb version. It's the best phone I've ever used. When anyone sees it they always start a conversation along the lines of, "Wow, what phone is that? It's beautiful." The screen on this thing is AMAZINGLY bright and has a high contrast ratio. It makes the screen on my Nexus 6 look dim. The speaker is pretty loud too and it doesn't sound bad at all. It sounds similar to the speaker on the Note 4. It's a shame we can't get something like this here in the US through any of the carriers. The only downside to owning this phone is now I have nothing to upgrade to so there's not really many phones to look forward to anymore.

21. Chewy58204

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

I just placed my order for one. I can't wait to see it in person. I've loved my Sony Z Ultra but I'm tired of waiting for a successor from them. From what I've heard it won't be a 6.4 inch anyways. Onward to better and brighter, with a flash, with Huawei!

22. Sdsol74

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

For the U.S. folks, I have the Huawei Mediapad X2 Honor for AT&T and it works. Obviously no 4G but the 3G works fine. Difference in speed is negligible. Ordered it directly from gizok and it got delivered in 2 weeks with Play Store already installed. Now to the pros and cons after I've had the chance to use it for a week. Pros: definite wow factor with the ginormous screen, considering it's the world's largest smartphone. Great battery life. Great value for the price. Fits perfectly in my shirt chest pocket which is where I typically keep my phone. Without my shirt pocket, it would be hard to fit in your pants pocket for the guys. Cons: Camera photo quality is very sub par. Text messaging does not work well. If you click a contact and try to message, it says invalid recipient. To go around this, you have to physically type in the phone number, which is a pain. But as long as you keep the text history with that person, you should be fine. The two side buttons (power and volume) should be spaced further apart. Also, to turn on the screen, you should have the option to double tap the screen instead of having to reach for the side button every time, which it doesn't allow. The phone volume could be louder when placing against your ear. The video quality is average when you make a video into full size screen. Still trying to get used to holding the large phone. The large phone width is the reason it's hard to hold the phone with ease. Definitely no way to hold it with one hand and maneuver your thumb with the same hand. Bottom line: Despite all the cons I've identified, I am satisfied with this phone!

25. harrihippi

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

Where it says invalid recipient, simply go to google play store and download TWITCH CONTACTS FORMATTER then tap open, once open at the very bottom tap and it re-arranges all your phone numbers and you'll be able to text without that notice. your numbers will look like this format = +1 000-000-0000 good luck

24. akshan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

If anybody moved from Samsung Note 3 to X2, please post your experience. I am considering to move from Note 3 to X2.

26. valmena

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2016

Just received my Huawei X2, fast, elegant, beautiful, almost perfect. White color with 16gb internal storage. But I'm really disappointed by the fact that the slot for the expansion memory uses the slot 2 which is used for the SIM card for the 3G and 4g as well. I can't understand how Huawei people do this. When you want to expand your storage for pics, music, or videos etc, you must use that slot then you're left with slot 1 which only uses 2g which I believe now is useless for a smartphone/tablet. Basically you CAN'T expand the storage if you want to use the 3G or 4g connection for your device. What is worse that even I haven't started downloading apps the internal storage is only left about 5gb, the installed apps already take 10gb! People need to see this to buy the 32gb version (which of course costs more) or look somewhere else. I previously used Samsung tab 4 7 inch (T231), and given the X2 price but this limited storage I can't say it's a real upgrade. Hope somebody can suggest how to resolve with this issue.

27. valmena

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 06, 2016

It's much better just have one slot like normal phone and have another slot dedicated only for memory card. You have 3G and 4g and you can extend your storage capacity. That is a real expandable storage. X2 in this issue has stepped backwards from X1.

28. Melaman

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 18, 2016

This device sounds really great (Huawei's MediaPad X2 ). C anyone confirm that they are using in on the mobile network of Rogers or Bell, in Canada? Also, I don't want to be holding the device to my ear/mouth...will it work using a wired earbud/microphone? thank you!
MediaPad X2
  • Display 7.0" 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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