Huawei has announced the launch of its MediaPad tablet in three new colours at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas, USA. The new MediaPad colour series will come in Shadow Black, Classic Brown and Passion Pink for select markets only by March this year.
Huawei MediaPad tablet has Android 3.2 Honeycomb update pre-loaded, but the new MediaPad colour series will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Sporting a 7 inch display, the MediaPad tablet supports 1280 x 800 pixel native resolution.
There is no change in the hardware specifications of Huawei MediaPad tablet so the device will remain the same except for its colour, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update pre-installed.
By default, MediaPad tablet houses a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 mobile processor coupled with an Adreno 220 graphics card and 1 GB memory. With such great hardware and 720p HD native resolution display, the MediaPad tablet is certainly a good video viewing tablet. Its internal storage amounts to only 4 GB, but one can always expand it to up to 32 GB through the expandable slot.
At the rear rests a 5 megapixel camera that is capable of recording 720p HD video and there’s a secondary 1.3 megapixel camera in the front capable of supporting video chats.
Consumers can also use this tablet over 3G networks for it offers a SIM card slot. For wireless connectivity, MediaPad offers WiFi and Bluetooth support. Huawei has packed a 4100 mAh lithium polymer battery that offers up to 6 hours of talk time if one talks continuously.
Recently, The Mobile Indian reported about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update being tested for the MediaPad tablet. Huawei has promised to release Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for existing MediaPad tablets in the first quarter of this year.
Huawei MediaPad tablet retails in India for approximately Rs 28,000. We do not know whether the company plans a price cut any time in the near future. A similar strategy has been adopted by RIM for PlayBook, by HTC for Flyer and by Motorola for Xoom tablets.