In recent news, we heard of a 1.2 GHz dual-core tablet from an unlikely manufacturer, the China-based Huawei, who is known more for creating smartphones in the mid-range market. It’s now official. Huawei has just unveiled its MediaPad tablet powered by the Honeycomb 3.2 and sporting a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. This is the first of its kind in the tablet market. The tablet was unveiled in CommunicAsia, an event held in Singapore.
The 7 inch MediaPad is the first tablet powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor supplied by Qualcomm. It is also the first of its kind to come pre-installed with the Android OS Honeycomb 3.2. This is exciting news, since the Motorola Xoom is powered by the Honeycomb 3.0 with an only recent option to upgrade its software to 3.1.
According to Huawei, in essence, the 3.2 iteration to Honeycomb is similar to the 3.1 version. The only difference is that it is optimized for a 7 inch touch screen rather than a 10 inch display. The tablet comes with other features such as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 5 MP primary camera, Wi-Fi, and 6 hours worth of battery life. It comes with full Adobe Flash Player 10.3 support, social network integration, micro-SD support, and an HDMI connector.
When it comes to dimensions, the tablet is still thicker than the slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but slimmer than the first Tab. It has a 10 inch shell, and it weighs in at a mere 390 grams. All looks good, but there will not be a Wi-Fi-only version. If you’re looking for a tablet that doesn’t come with a lengthy contract, this may not be the tablet for you.
It is scheduled to ship in the US at a tentative date on the 3rd quarter of 2011. However, Huawei did not say how much the tablet will go for.