This year’s Mobile World Congress is abundant in Huawei devices. This week, the company announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, the TalkBand B1 wearable and two tablets: the MediaPad M1 and the MediaPad X1 – the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet available in the market. Today we focus on the latter one. Before we move on to technical details, let’s make it clear that the tablet will go on sale in various markets including China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America starting in March for a price of €399, which would be about $550 at today’s exchange rate.
Huawei MediaPad X1 Tablet with SIM Card Slot
The Huawei MediaPad X1 is a 7-inch offering that is said to be the lightest and narrowest in its class leaving behind such stars as the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. The tablet weighs just 239 grams and measures 103.9 mm in width, yet it packs a 7-inch display with 1200 x 1920 resolution at 332 ppi. How is it possible? you may ask. It’s simple – Huawei made the tablet with incredibly thin bezels and as a result the screen-to-body ratio reaches 80%.
It’s not a coincidence that the tablet is so narrow, though. The MediaPad X1 has a SIM card slot which enables the device to receive calls and send messages. Narrow and slim (7.18 mm) body and lightweight construction makes it more comfortable to hold with one hand and use it much the same way you would use a normal phone. On a side note, you might look kind of geeky with that thing up your ear and covering half of your face.
The MediaPad X1 houses Huawei’s own quad-core 1.6 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 chip with Mali-450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM along with 16 GB of internal memory on board and a microSD slot for storage expansion. To complete the picture, on the back there is a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, while on the front sits a 5-megapixel shooter. Huawei equipped the MediaPad X1 with a 5,000 mAh battery which should be good enough to provide up to 5 days of continuous usage or up to 21 days of standby time. The tablet runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0 on top of it.