If Huawei is to be believed, Android 3.1 Honeycomb is passe and its time to hail the new Android 3.2; and what better way to drive home the point than to launch their best and most advanced tablet so far – the MediaPad to run the latest Android for tablet version. As per Huawei, there is nothing too radical with Android 3.2 except that it has been thoroughly enhanced to render service in 7 inch sized tablets in contrast to Android 3.1 that has already seen a plethora of 10 inch sized tablet launches. All this when it wasn’t too long ago that we first got the taste of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first operating system that has been designed exclusively for use in a tablet device and which has quickly spawned out into two distinct version – Android 3.1 and 3.2 for use in 10 and 7 inch sized tablets.
Coming back to the MediaPad, the tablet can well turn out to be game changer in the 7 inch tablet segment. Powered by the 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor, the MediaPad has a rich pixel density of 217 pixels per inch of its IPS capacitive touch panel display. The tablet weighs just 390 gms and comes loaded with a host of features which includes a 5 megapixel camera at the rear with HD support along with a 1.3 megapixel webcam at the front, GPS module, an HDMI output, full 1080p playback, support for HSPA+ (14.4Mbps) 3G, 802.11n WiFi as well as Bluetooth.
These apart, the MediaPad packs in a 8 GB sized internal memory along with a micro SD card slot to further add to it. Being Flash 10.3 player compliant means you don’t ever miss out on any websites while the tablet also comes pre-loaded with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Let’s Golf and Documents To Go.
However, the MediaPad with a thickness of 10.5 mm isn’t out to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 that measures a mean 8.9 mm. As for its battery performance, the MediaPad includes a 4100 mAh battery that is good enough to sustain 6+ hours of operation. Huawei though isn’t revealing when it plans to release the MediaPad except that that is likely to happen in Q3 of this year. The tablet’s price is another aspect that is kept under wraps though Huawei India Marketing director had earlier hinted at a INR. 25,000 price for the MediaPad. If that is an indication than a below $600 price tag can very well be expected.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email