Huawei on Sunday unveiled a couple of tablets at MWC 2014 including the MediaPad X1 and the MediaPad M1, with the former model being described as “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet.” Huawei joins several Android device makers that have announced tablet-like devices that have phone features including Asus and HP.
The MediaPad X1 looks like a bigger HTC One cousin, has a “full aluminum alloy unibody design,” and a profile of just 7.18mm. The phone packs a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200 display, 80% screen-to-body ratio, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel Sony Exmore BSI camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera with various camera features including “selfies”-friendly modes, 5000mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean under the hood.
The MediaPad X1 will launch in various markets including China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America starting with March 2014. Pricing details for it aren’t available yet.
The MediaPad M1 is an 8-inch Android budget tablet that will offer an 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 4800mAh battery, dual front-facing speakers and Android. The tablet has a 7.9mm profile and weighs 329g. Both the MediaPad M1 and the MediaPad X1 will come with LTE Cat4 support (up to 150Mbps download speeds) and dual-mode Wi-Fi support.
The MediaPad M1 will launch in the first quarter of the year in various markets in Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America. The tablet does not have a price yet, but should be affordable considering its mid-ranged hardware.
The full press release follows below.
Huawei Exceeds the Limits of What’s Possible with HUAWEI MediaPad X1 at MWC 2014
Huawei also unveils its first wearable and new MediaPad phablet for a truly connected life
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei today unveiled two new additions to its MediaPad range of devices and its first wearable device at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014. With HUAWEI MediaPad X1, the world’s slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet, HUAWEI TalkBand B1, the perfect hybrid ‘talk and track’ companion, and HUAWEI MediaPad M1, the 8-inch entertainment powerhouse, Huawei makes a life without boundaries possible for more people.
“We’re excited to unveil our new 4G LTE-enabled MediaPads which, together with HUAWEI TalkBand B1, deliver the essential pillars of happiness – health, connection to family, contact with friends and access to work – without boundaries,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei’s culture of innovation places us in prime position to develop devices that bring people the benefits and joy of technology through 4G LTE connectivity.”
HUAWEI MediaPad X1
HUAWEI MediaPad X1 combines the functionality of a smartphone and tablet in a full aluminum alloy unibody, providing outstanding comfort and ease of use at only 239g and 7.18mm thin. Its 7-inch 1200 x 1920 FHD LTPS touch display features a 80% screen-to-body ratio.
Powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, its ultra-long lasting 5000 mAh battery provides 21 days of standby time, over five full days of continuous use and reverse charging.
MediaPad X1 features an advanced 13MP Sony Exmor R BSI rear-facing camera and panoramic shooting. Its 5MP front-facing camera with Huawei’s proprietary self-focus tips, preview screen, 10-level auto-facial enhancement and voice-activated hands-free capture is perfect for taking the best ‘selfies’. The ‘Voice Photo’ function takes a photo accompanied by a 10-second audio clip that can be shared via Facebook and WeChat.
HUAWEI TalkBand B1
HUAWEI TalkBand B1 features wireless calling with a Bluetooth™ 4.1 earpiece, up to seven hours of calls and 1.4-inch flexible OLED display. It supports Android 2.3+ and iOS 5.0+ compatible devices, and syncs effortlessly via NFC.
TalkBand B1 wirelessly tracks activity time and progress, including steps taken, miles covered and calories burned. It intelligently records sleep duration and quality, while the smart alarm and nap functions assist rest.
Weighing just 26g and only 14.6mm thin, TalkBand B1 features a bendable curve design with a removable 9.4g earpiece. The 90 mAh battery lasts for six days and charges in two hours using the USB connector.
HUAWEI MediaPad M1
HUAWEI MediaPad M1 features an 8-inch 800 x 1280 HD IPS multi-touch capacitive screen with Huawei SWS technology, dual front-facing speakers and microphones for an enhanced audiovisual experience. Powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 4800 mAh capacity battery, it supports 8 hours of video playing on a single charge.
Ultra-slim at 7.9mm, MediaPad M1’s 329g sleek aluminum body slips easily into pockets or purses. The 1MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing auto-focus cameras enable easy snapping and photo sharing.
The LTE Cat4-enabled MediaPad X1 and M1 download work files in seconds and 1GB movies in one minute with speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In-built WiFi routers and 2.4/5G dual mode WiFi support with voice call and SMS capabilities provide on-the-spot connection. The AirSharing function enables screen sharing and the transfer of images via cloud photo sharing. MediaPads X1 and M1 feature the latest intuitive interface, Emotion UI 2.0, with customizable homescreens, enhanced ‘Standard’ and ‘Simplicity’ UIs and over 1,000 diverse themes.
HUAWEI MediaPad X1 is available in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America from March 2014.
HUAWEI TalkBand B1 is available in China from March 2014, and in Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe from Q2 2014.
HUAWEI MediaPad M1 is available from Q1 2014 in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America.