Huawei Ascend G6 gets official alongside MediaPad X1 and M1 tablets, TalkBand B1 smartband
Huawei’s held its now-traditional annual pre-MWC event in Barcelona, and a bunch of new devices have been announced. Not the oft-rumored Ascend P7 successor to the P6 from last year, though. Nor the Ascend D3, what should have been the next in the company’s high-end line.
Instead we get the Ascend G6, two tablets, and a smartband (not a smartwatch, but not simply a wristband either – something in between, rather). The Huawei Ascend G6 has been seen in leaked press renders as early as a couple of days ago, and it does look exactly like that. Which is to say, it borrows heavily from the design of the super thin (and super successful for Huawei) Ascend P6 and Ascend P6S. That said, the G6 is a midranger through and through.
It has a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It will come in a 7.85 mm thick 4G LTE version (with support for theoretical downloads up to 150 Mbps), and a 7.5 mm thick 3G-only iteration. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The 3G model will launch first, by the end of March, with the 4G version coming in April. The Ascend G6 4G will be priced at €249 in Europe (so naturally the 3G Ascend G6 should be even cheaper).
Next up we have the MediaPad X1 tablet, pretty extensively leaked in the past. And indeed it does feature phone calling functions. But it’s also the narrowest and lightest 7-inch tablet ever, and even has one of the biggest batteries that we’ve seen in such a small device.
It’s all high-end in this case, starting with the looks and metal construction, and on to the specs. The MediaPad X1 has a 7-inch 1,920×1,200 LTPS touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910 processor (with ARM Cortex-A9 cores), a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE (both of the TDD and FDD varieties), Wi-Fi, and a 5,000 mAh battery. It’s just 103.9 mm wide, 7.18 mm thick, and it weighs only 239 grams. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The Huawei MediaPad X1 will be out in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and Latin America in March. Pricing for it hasn’t been made public yet, but given the specs and the premium build we’re not expecting this to be cheap.
The MediaPad M1 is an 8-inch tablet that comes with lesser specs than the X1. It has an 8-inch 1,280×800 IPS touchscreen, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 768 MB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 150 Mbps 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It’s 7.9 mm thick, and it weighs 329 grams.
The Wi-Fi-only version will start at £250 in the UK, and €299 elsewhere in Europe. It will be out in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia, and Latin America before the end of March.
Finally, we have the Huawei TalkBand B1. This is the aforementioned ‘smartband’ that comes with a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display, and support for wireless calling – with a removable earpiece tucked inside the band. Like any smart thing that you put on your wrist, it can also track how many steps you take, how far you go, and how many calories you’ve burned. Furthermore, it’s got a sleeping pattern monitor, NFC, and a 90 mAh battery that’s rated for six days of use but takes around two hours to charge.
Huawei hasn’t said anything about the TalkBand’s price, but did mention that we’ll see it in stores in China in March, and in Japan, the Middle East, Russia, and Western Europe from the second quarter.