Continuing Huawei‘s announcements at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, the Chinese manufacturer has announced two mid-sized tablets, the Huawei MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1. Starting with the MediaPad X1, pictured above, which was actually leaked in a picture a few days ago, but now we get a much better look at its 7-inch, 7.18mm thick, fully aluminium body.
On the inside, the MediaPad X1 rocks a quad-core Kirin 910 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, with 2GB and 16GB storage, as well as a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Technically a phablet, the MediaPad X1 will also be capable of making calls as teased in its leak. The 7-inch display is a 1920×1200 Full HD IPS display which makes for 323 pixels-per-inch. Perhaps most impressive about the MediaPad X1 is the 5,000mAh battery which Huawei says will power the MediaPad X1 for 21 days on standby and 5 days of continuous video playback. Much like the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 announced at CES 2014, the Media Pad X1 will also be capable of reverse charging, allowing you to charge your other devices in cases of emergency.
We’ve actually seen the Huawei MediaPad M1 before, though we didn’t know it at the time; in a leaked picture yesterday, we saw a mystery device that looked very similar to a much larger HTC One. We now know that the 8-inch tablet in that photo was the MediaPad M1, and while it appears to take some design cues from the soon-to-be superseded HTC flagship, that’s where the similarities end.
The MediaPad M1 will possess a quad-core Kirin 910 1.6GHz processor, with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage as well as a 5MP rear camera and 1MP front camera. While the MediaPad M1 is more of a mid-range tablet, it still gets a slim aluminium body with a 4,800mAh battery which Huawei says is capable of staying in standby for 500 hours of standby or watching 8 hours of video on its 8-inch, 1280×800 resolution IPS display.
Both the Huawei MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1 will ship with Android 4.2 and Huawei’s Emotion UI2.0. The MediaPad X1 will become available in China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America in March for the price of €399 (~550 USD) and comes in black, white, champagne and light pink; the €399 price tag also includes the smart cover that was seen in an earlier leak (see the smart cover here). The MediaPad M1′s launch is slightly more ambiguous, targeting a price of €299 (~$410 USD) and aiming for a Q1 launch in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America, with further roll out to happen after that.
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