Quad-core Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD arrives in late August for less than $500

Huawei’s MediaPad 10 FHD will finally be out in late August. And the good news is that you won’t pay an arm and a leg for it. In China, the tablet is expected to retail for “less than 3,000 yuan”. Assuming that’s cynically going to be 2,999 yuan, the device will still be rather affordable, since that amounts to approximately $471 or €385 at today’s exchange rates.

The information comes straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s head of the Consumer Business Group and Senior Vice President of Huawei Technologies, posted these details on Sina Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) today.

It’s been a long ride for the MediaPad 10 FHD since its first unveiling in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But it’s finally about to hit the streets in a month or so. At least in China. We have to assume that it will launch there first, since the price indication has been given in yuan, but also since Huawei usually gets new hardware onto its home market first.

The MediaPad 10 FHD is one of the highest-specced Android tablets ever made – which is why that price is especially decent. The tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Huawei processor, a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 Full HD IPS touchscreen, HSPA+ support, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and a 6,400 mAh battery. That could have been larger, but then the MediaPad 10 wouldn’t have been just 8.8 mm thin.

In terms of battery life, Yu Chengdong says the tablet will last for 8-9 hours of continuous 720p video playback, and 6-7 hours of 1080p content. Standby rates are quoted as 83 days on Wi-Fi, and 33 days on HSPA. All in all not the best battery stats we’ve ever seen, but decent nonetheless.

The MediaPad 10 FHD has to help Huawei become a more well-known brand in the developed world, alongside such smartphones as the Ascend D quad and Ascend P1 series. We’ll have to wait and see whether this strategy pans out. Chances are, it will work – but not to the extent that Huawei envisioned it to. And the answer to that should be keeping at it. Launching even more high-end devices next year, but this time not allowing half a year to pass between announcement and release.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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