Just like every year, one of the biggest exhibitors of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the controversial Chinese communications giant Huawei, who has premiered one of the most interesting tablets of the congress this year: the Huawei MediaPad X1
Build and Design
Its makers say it's the slimmest 7-inch tablet in the world -- it is only 7.18 millimeters wide. This device is actually lighter, as well as smaller, than the iPad mini or the latest Nexus 7.
It seems quite light and compact when held in the hand, as if it were an eReader, not a tablet; but at the same time, it is highly solid and convincing. With its modern design, including a white body made of mostly metal with just a few plastic details, it gives the feeling of a premium device. Actually, Huawei MediaPad X1 is not that far from premium class, by its features.
The device comes with a 1920x1200 7-inch IPS display, offering pixel density of 323 ppi. This results in exceptional imaging sharpness, while the contrast and its sustainability are praiseworthy, and a wide viewing angle is ensured. It is only this display's insufficient lighting that deserves an objection; however, due to the use of LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon) technology this does not result in poor color saturation -- the colors are more than vivid.
The fact that this tablet can be used to make telephone calls is quite useful, adding to the number of full-sized tablet phones available.
It is also equipped with a 13-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.
The chipset which Huawei uses in the MediaPad X1 is manufactured by HiSilicom, and the quad-core Kirin 910 processor in question sports LTE and Mali-450 graphics. It also has 2GB of RAM. Thanks to these specifications, the device truly does offer fluid performance, and during our hands-on session at Mobile World Congress, it could not be fooled, as the tablet did not slow down even while performing demanding tasks like scrolling heavy web sites or forwarding video clips.
The MediaPad X1 comes with a generous battery, with the declared capacity of 5000 mAh, while Huawei representatives claim this is sufficient for 15 hours of web browsing, 125 hours of music playback, 8 hours of video streaming or 10 hours of offline video watching. The fact that this tablet supports reverse charging is quite practical, as it can be used to recharge other devices.
Internal memory storage is 16GB and can be expanded with microSD cards.
Android OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean) is the operating system, with a Huawei Emotion user interface layered on top. Huawei promises that an Android 4.4 ( KitKat) upgrade will be available soon.
At this point, it's hard to find a flaw in the Huawei MediPad X1.
The price this Chinese company recommends for the European market is €400. Whether this device will reach the U.S.A. will depend on the outcome of all controversies linked with the Chinese manufacturer in America.
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