Events are underway at Mobile World Congress 2015 with Huawei the first to kick things off on what promises to be a full day of mobile announcements.
Huawei didn’t elect to start small either with the 7-inch MediaPad X2 kicking things off. Despite the “Pad” name the MediaPad X2 falls into the phablet category, although 7-inches is certainly stretching the limits of what most would consider to be a phone.
Huawei claims the slimness of the MediaPad X2 (7.28mm) and the 80% screen-to-body ratio still allow for one-handed use, but we’ll want to get some hands-on time to see that for ourselves.
The showpiece for the MediaPad X2 is the laminated 7-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The laminated display makes for a solid viewing experience angled at up to 178 degrees, which is certainly relevant for a device this size that lends itself to watching a video with a friend.
That big screen calls for a big battery to keep you going and Huawei didn’t skimp there with a 5,000 mAh battery. You can’t expect Ascend Mate 2 style battery life, but Huawei claims 12 hours of streaming video or 15 hours of web surfing.
Cameras aren’t a standout feature for the MediaPad X2, but a 13MP rear camera and 5 MP front facing camera should keep the average user happy with their snapshots.
The MediaPad X2 will come in two variants and interestingly they vary not only on storage, but RAM as well. The 16GB model will feature 2GB of RAM and a “moonlight silver” color whereas the 32GB model will up the stakes with 3GB of RAM in “amber gold.” No word on pricing or regional availability at this time.
Is a 7-inch phablet too much or would the opportunity to cut yourself to one gadget be tempting enough to give the Huawei MediaPad X2 a shot?
Barcelona, Spain, March 1, 2014: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled the Huawei MediaPad X2 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. Featuring a fully laminated 7-inch ultra HD IPS screen and a slim body of only 7.28 mm, the MediaPad X2 houses an ultra octa-core chipset, making it the first 64-bit ultra octa-core, 4G-enabled LTE dual-sim phablet.
“Following the success of the Huawei MediaPad X1, and having inherited the signature feature of our large screen design, the Huawei MediaPad X2 represents our faith and commitment in creating better quality products with our technology and innovation.” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “As the second generation of MediaPad, Huawei MediaPad X2 focuses on the five classic applications that are most important to users, which include call quality, social media apps, online shopping, video and camera features to provide an enhanced user experience. We believe that MediaPad X2 will continue to inspire consumers with its outstanding design and superior functionality.”
As the world’s slimmest 7-inch phablet, the Huawei MediaPad X2 has a thickness of only 7.28 mm. The aviation aluminum metal texture offers a more classy and business-like design. Its compact borderless screen design offers a screen-to-body ratio of 80%, which makes it easy for single-handed operation. The Huawei MediaPad X2 is the perfect integrated companion combining phone, tablet, navigator, portable battery, mobile hotspot and digital camera, creating a better connected experience for consumers all over the world with one single device.
The Signature Large Screen
Featuring a fully laminated 7-inch ultra 1200 x 1920 HD IPS screen providing a resolution up to 323ppi, the Huawei MediaPad X2 offers clarity for enhanced viewing experience. A wide angle spanning up to 178 degrees ensures optimal visual display even when the device is tilted. The LTPS HD touch display provides incredibly crisp and dynamic visual experience while CABC technology will automatically adjust screen brightness to ensure efficient battery management.
Work Hard Play Hard
Sporting a 2.0GHz Kirin 930 ultra-octa chipset, the 64 bit eight-core CPU of A53 in the Huawei MediaPadX2 has a high processing function yet consumes less power. The Kirin 930 chipset supports LTE Cat6 connectivity with a download speed of up to 300Mbps. The 64-bit GPU Mali-T628 and i3 micro-core provide the Huawei MediaPad X2 with an unprecedentedly strong entertainment experience for users, allowing them to play large-scale 3D games. Together with the integrated audio cavity, the Smart PA chip and a DTS surround sound technology, the Huawei MediaPad X2 ensures cinematic sound quality for video and movie lovers.
Running on a powerful 5,000 mAh Li-Polymer battery, which is the largest capacity in the industry, the Huawei MediaPad X2 has enough juice for one day of heavy use. It can support streaming of online video for up to 12 hours, 15 hours of internet surfing or 60 hours of music playing via headphones.
Equipped with a 13MP rear camera, the Huawei MediaPad X2 is exceptionally good in low-light shooting, features a post-shooting focus adjustment metering mode, focus and exposure metering, and off-screen snapping functionality. The 5 MP front-facing camera has an aperture of F2.4 and a wide angle of 22mm, which is ideal for selfie lovers going after the perfect panoramic shot.
Stay Connected Anytime Anywhere
The 2.4G dual-Wi-Fi antenna design of the Huawei MediaPad X2 ensures stable Wi-Fi reception and connection anytime, anywhere. Dual-sim, dual stand-by and dual 4G networks further satisfies the needs of 24/7 business users. Dual-MIC reducing noise technology guarantees call quality for business users in all circumstances and scenarios.
The Huawei MediaPad X2 will come in a standard 2G RAM+ 16GROM version in a moonlight silver body and a premium version with a 3G RAM and 32GROM storage option in an amber gold body. Exact availability and pricing information will be announced at a later stage in each respective markets.