Huawei has been teasing the announcement of the seven-inch MediaPad for the past few weeks, and today it finally made good by unveiling what the company claims is the world’s first Android 3.2 tablet.
Android 3.2? Surely, that must be some sort of mistake, as Google has never confirmed that version of Honeycomb’s existence. Or maybe not. Speculation around the announcement suggests that Android 3.2 will essentially be Android 3.1 suited for seven-inch tablets. Prior to the Huawei MediaPad, other seven-inch Honeycomb tablets had been announced and delayed, suggesting that Honeycomb did not play nice with the seven-inch form factor.
Back to the gadget at hand, the MediaPad. It will be thin and light, measuring just .4-inches thick and weighing only .86 pounds. The seven-inch IPS touchscreen will sport 217 pixels per inch. It will also have a Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processor, Huawei cloud storage, and access to the Android Market. For connectivity, the MediaPad will support 3G HSPA+ at 14.4 Mbps and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Other typical tablet features also apply, like a microSD, HDMI out, five-megapixel rear- and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras, as well as 8GB of internal storage.
Huawei did not reveal pricing, though the 3G connection suggests it may be coming to a carrier near you with a subsidy. Huawei expects the MediaPad to ship in Q3.