Chinese firm Huawei is making its move into the burgeoning tablet market, launching a powerful-looking 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Launched in Singapore, the Huawei MediaPad is driven by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm and comes with a version of Google’s operating system that isn’t available yet. This power makes it significantly more attractive than last year’s 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, which now seems positively dated.
If any comparisons are to be made, it’s probably fairer to place it in competition with the Motorola Xoom, which also has a dual-core processor from chip firm Nvidia. But instead of going for the 10-inch size screen of the Xoom, it’s following the 7-inch example set by the Samsung’s tablet and BlackBerry PlayBook.
The MediaPad also supports impressive 1080p full HD video playback as well as a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and 5-megapixel auto focus rear facing camera. Naturally, the camera can record in HD. It can also connect to the net at at a fair old whack, offering HSPA+ speeds at a max of 14.4Mbps.
As well as the ability to run Flash 10.3 and access to Android Market apps, you have major contender here from a company more well known for doing things a little more behind the scenes in Europe and the US. But there’s nothing like a little healthy competition to challenge the current dominance of the iPad 2.
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