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Huawei 7-inch MediaPad first to run Android 3.2
Huawei says its 7-inch MediaPad will be the first to use the newest version of Honeycomb (3.2)
Huawei today unveiled its 7-inch MediaPad, which the company says will be the first to use the previously unannounced Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (specifically optimized for 7-inch tablets) and the first to use Qualcomm's 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. All the specs look to be on the mark but no pricing was announced. The release date is slated for Q3, 2011, so that could be any time between the end of next week and September 31.
I must admit to watching the release of iPad competitors with a the same fascination I have only once experienced before, while watching soldiers waiting to go into battle - I admire their bravery and commitment, but fear for the worst. Motorola, Samsung, HTC, RIM and LG have already proven that having equal or better specifications than the iPad won't steal many sales - the total buying experience and the longevity of the line, and the comforting knowledge that Apple will produce an iPad 3, and an iOS5 and 6 and 7, all weigh heavily in the mind of the consumer. As in love and war, the incumbent usually wins.
The MediaPad does look a treat though, as plays full 1080P video, has a very high pixel density (217 PPI compared to the Apple iPad2's 132 PPI) and has no shortage of processing power considering the powerhouse dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor.
In terms of creating media, it sports a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and 5 megapixel, auto-focus, rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities.
It's thin (10.5 mm = 0.4 inches) and light (390 grams = 0.86 pounds) and will be supported by Huawei's Hi-Space cloud solution and Google Android market.
With HSPA+ 14.4Mbps and high-speed WiFi 802.11n connectivity, the MediaPad will not be available in wWiFi-only form.
The MediaPad supports HSPA+ data services, Flash 10.3 videos and comes pre-installed with applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and Documents to Go.
Check out Huawei's promo video:
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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Just to clarify the resolution is 1280x800.
It has made it onto my Christmas wish list.
Three ways the Android tablets can compete successfully with the iPad:
1) Lower prices
2) Fit in a coat pocket (looks like Huawei have worked this one out)
3) Support handwriting recognition (tick - already there with Graffiti)
Sounds good but hope it has a non-glare screen. For me, that\'s a deal breaker.
I don\'t think the people who design tablets and laptops actually use them like business people use them - in daylight/well lit room conditions where screen glare is a big problem.
Personally I don\'t really get the iPad or any other 10\" tablet. Whilst I have a 10\" netbook which does everything fine when programming, moving to a slate, iPad or even the Android device I don\'t see the rationale. I have a 7\" phone, the Galaxy Tab which is much bigger than a normal smartphone & this suffices all the things you would do with a 10\" but is ultimately more portable which is I believe the whole point.
The 4\" phones are pretty useless no matter how you look at them when trying to enter a decent password & hence not that practical whereas the 7\" is more practical. This Huawei is the same but with a faster processor which I would like. Being that this is Huawei you could bet that it\'s also a phone something Hanlon avoided mentioning saying it isn\'t only in WiFi format but not really explaining it.
This would give the impression that Hanlon is anti-Android for starters & shouldn\'t be the editor of this article due to bias.
Rex Alfred Lee
Well here we are months later and this thing is nowhere on the radar.
I didn\'t get the iPad either at first. Then wifey got me to buy one for business.
Now I can\'t put the thing down.
The article doesn\'t mention the Dell \'Streak\' - did it come and go that quick?!
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