Next version of the MediaPad from Huawei with Android Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded is going to be available in select markets by this quarter. Present owners of the MediaPad need not despair as the company has announced availability of the update OTA for all existing users at around the same time. The MediaPad is available in the US as the T-Mobile Springboard and the Orange Tahiti in the UK.
In another interesting development, Huawei also stated a color version of the MediaPad is next. It will be available in shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink, though the colored tablets will come pre-loaded with Android 3.2 and not the latest Android ICS. So users opting for the colorful MediaPads will have to upgrade to ICS on their own after the update is released.
“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case. With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device.
As a refresher, the MediaPad packs in some decent specs in the form of a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 7 inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 5 megapixel rear camera with HD support, 1.3 megapixel front cam, along with a 4100 mAh battery that should be enough for 6 hours of run-time. Also, Huawei has been the first to adopt Android 3.2 for use on a 7 inch tablet device.
Huawei also unveils new MediaPad color series, operating on Android 3.2
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei MediaPad is now one of the world’s first tablets to come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. First launched in June 2011, the original MediaPad was the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet. This latest version of the MediaPad once again provides users with the very latest Android experience, along with access to the newest and hottest services and apps available in the Android marketplace.
Huawei also unveiled its new MediaPad color series – fashionable MediaPads in three new colors: shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink and running on Android 3.2. Both MediaPad versions have a high-quality display, with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 217 PPI and supporting 1080P Full HD video playback. Additionally, they come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and have a battery capacity of six hours or more.
“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device. “With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”
Huawei’s new MediaPad color series and the MediaPad with Android 4.0 will be available in selected markets in the first quarter of 2012. Existing MediaPad owners will receive an OTA Android 4.0 upgrade to their tablets by the first quarter of 2012.