Huawei Announces Phablet, Tablet And Smartwatch
MWC has only just got going but Huawei has already announced three new devices. Arguably the most exciting of the three is the Huawei MediaPad X1 (above). According to Huawei it’s the world’s slimmest 7-inch 4G LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet, which isn’t really saying much, because there are very few other phones of that size around. Huawei can call it a phablet all they want but at 7 inches this is a tablet which makes calls, we really can’t see many people using it primarily as a phone.
It’s a nice looking device though, thanks to an aluminium alloy unibody. It’s also quite light by tablet standards at just 239g and at 7.18mm thin it really is quite slim.
It has a 1200 x 1920 Full HD screen, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI main camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera, so while it’s wildly impractical as a smartphone it could make for a decent tablet, though it is running the now slightly outdated Android 4.2.
The phablet also includes a smart mail grouping system to differentiate between different types of messages and a number of camera and video options such as panorama, voice-activated hands-free capture, ‘Voice Photos’ which add ten seconds of audio to a still image and an infrared filter which makes it easier to take pictures and videos in low light. It’s set to launch around March with a price tag of roughly 399 Euros (£329.34).
Huawei’s new tablet is called the MediaPad M1. At 8 inches it’s only slightly bigger than the MediaPad X1 phablet and it has a lower resolution 800 x 1280 screen. But its 1.6GHz quad-core processor should ensure that it’s reasonably powerful and it has dual front facing speakers for increased sound quality, which is something all tablets should have but bizarrely very few do.
It also supports multiple windows on the screen and it’s 4G LTE Cat4-enabled, so it can download and stream content at high speeds even when away from a Wi-Fi connection. Just like the X1 it has an aluminium body and it’s only 329g and 7.9mm thick. It also has a 5 megapixel main camera and a 1 megapixel front facing one. The MediaPad M1 is due to launch in the first quarter of the year and should retail for around 299 Euros (£246.80).
Finally, Huawei is also joining the smartwatch game with the TalkBand B1. It’s designed as a companion to the MediaPad X1 and features wireless calling and activity tracking, including steps taken, miles covered and calories burned. It can also monitor your sleep, has a smart alarm, supports Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC and has a 1.4 inch flexible OLED display.
It also has a nifty security feature which causes it to vibrate if it’s more than 10 metres away from the smartphone it’s synced to.
Its 90 mAh battery is enough for it to last 6 days according to Huawei and at just 26g it won’t weigh you down. It’s made of sweat-resistant, hypo-allergenic, anti-UV materials and it works with Android 2.3+ and iOS 5.0+ devices. It’s hitting Western Europe in Quarter 2 of the year and has a suggested price of just 99 Euros (£81.72).
Huawei also announced the Huawei Ascend G6!