Huawei is the latest vendor to produce a tablet computer, announcing plans to launch a 7-inch MediaPad based on Google's as-yet-unreleased Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" operating system.
MediaPad, a 7-inch tablet computer running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) forthcoming
Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
its plan June 20 at the CommunicAsia
conference in Singapore, said the device weighs less than a pound and is less
than a half-inch thick.
supports 1080P full high-definition video playback and an HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) port, and features a 5-megapixel auto-focus, rear-facing
camera with HD video-recording capabilities, as well as a 1.3-megapixel
front-facing camera to enable video chat.
Intended as a
media consumption tablet to challenge the likes of Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab
and HTC's Evo View 4G, the MediaPad supports Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) Flash 10.3 and
comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and the Documents to Go
applications. There is 8GB of internal storage.
shown on Engadget
connects to HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) networks with a peak of
14.4M bps, as well as WiFi.
news with this machine is the Android 3.2 platform. Android 3.2 is basically
the same as the current Android 3.1 platform-with scalable widgets and USB host
support, among other perks-rolling out on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
is tailored for the 7-inch screens and other slate sizes and supports Qualcomm
(NASDAQ:QCOM) chips, according to This is My Next
has only 6 hours of playback, which might inhibit some consumers expecting the
10-hour battery life Apple's iPad affords people. The MediaPad could ship in
the U.S. in the third quarter of this year.
mostly known around the world as a telecommunications solution provider, but
the company has launched about 10 low-cost Android smartphones and sold some 7
million mobile devices in the first quarter.
Huawei is just
the latest of several companies perhaps unexpectedly coming to the fore with
a ToughBook last week, while Lenovo has
two Android tablets on tap for the summer, one for consumers and one for
businesses. Toshiba meanwhile is launching
its 10.1-inch Thrive Android tablet
July 10 for $429.