MediaPad X1 stars in live images, Ascend P7 gets leaked pricing as Huawei teases MWC announcements
This Sunday, on February 23, Huawei will hold its now-traditional annual event in Barcelona pre-MWC (the trade show starts on Monday). At that shindig, the Chinese company is going to unveil a new smartphone and two new tablets. All of these should run Android.
Huawei is actively teasing the devices it will announce in a few days, today posting the image you see below on its official Twitter account.
For a while we’ve known that one of those tablets will be called MediaPad X1. Earlier this month we gave you its rumored specs along with some plausible renders showing it. Today, though, we’ll do you one better, as you can now see the MediaPad X1 in real photos, being handled by someone.
As you may have gathered from the images, the MediaPad X1 will come with a metal casing, lending it a very premium look. Interestingly, it has a speaker grille exactly where you’d expect a phone to have one, so apparently you’ll also be able to make calls on this thing – by holding it up to your face, no less. How many people would actually use such a feature is obviously up for debate, though.
Previously rumored specs for the Huawei MediaPad X1 include a 7-inch 1,920×1,200 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running the show (certainly with some version of Huawei’s Emotion UI on top).
Which exact smartphone Huawei will make official in three days is still a mystery. It could be either the Ascend P7 or the Ascend D3. The former of those would be the successor to the extremely thin Ascend P6, while the latter would do the same for the Ascend D2 from last year. Speaking of which, in 2013 the Ascend D2 was announced at CES in January, while the P6 got introduced in June. That’s why, up until today, the most plausible hypothesis was that the Ascend D3 would be outed at MWC, with the P7 coming at a later date.
That said, we are hearing more and more stuff about the P7, so maybe it will be revealed at the end of the week after all. From sources in China comes the revelation that it will be 6.3 mm thin, and that it will be sold over there for 2,500 yuan (that’s around $410 or €299 at the current exchange rates). Such pricing would make it quite a bargain, especially given its specs and thinness.
The recently announced Gionee Elife S5.5 may be slimmer (as is the P6), but 6.3 mm still is crazy thin. And so, once again, with the P series Huawei is going for those who value a handset’s looks.
The Ascend P7 is now said to come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core HiSilicon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support. It should play nicely with LTE networks and run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one.