In addition to the Ascend G6 smartphone, Huawei also announced today at Mobile World Congress the MediaPad M1 LTE Android tablet featuring Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it and SIM card support allowing users to make phone calls. As of now, the slate is confirmed for launch next month in the UK and is expected go on sale also in other European markets, Russia, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and Latin America starting in first quarter of 2014. We are still waiting for official word on pricing, but we expect the tablet to cost under £200, which would be about $330.
Huawei MediaPad M1 LTE Android Phablet?
The Huawei MediaPad M1 seems to borrow from the design of a few well-known brands. The white strips at the top and bottom of the back bring to mind the iPhone 5. The front, on the other hand, resembles the HTC One with its dual speakers placed above and below the screen. The idea of front-facing speakers is to deliver a clearer sound than rear speakers; however without heavy testing it is hard to tell whether the MediaPad M1 will do the job. The tablet measures 7.9 mm in thickness and has a unibody aluminum construction.
The tablet packs an 8-inch 1280 x 920 IPS display, which falls nicely in between 7-inch rather small slates and 10-inch less portable ones. Under the hood, the tablet has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and a 4,800 mAh battery, which according to Huawei, is capable of delivering up to 24 hours of web browsing. Other features include 5-megapixel main camera and a 1-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The MediaPad M1 seems to fit perfectly in the definition of a phablet, since in addition to standard connectivity features such as 4G LTE, it also allows you use a SIM card to make phone calls and send messages. If there is one thing we could to complain about it’s the version of OS. The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which is a few iterations behind the latest version. The platform has Huawei’s Emotion UI on top which differs from typical Android layout in that it places all app icons across homescreen in a fashion similar to iOS.
source: PR Newswire