Huawei MediaPad Coming to T-Mobile, Renamed “SpringBoard”

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The Huawei MediaPad is coming to T-Mobile under a new moniker, “the SpringBoard”. The 7-inch Honeycomb tablet was first announced in June and made headlines as the first Android 3.2 device, which brought Honeycomb to 7-inch screens and processers beyond the NVIDIA Tegra 2. T-Mobile is calling the SpringBoard one of “its most affordable tablets,” though the carrier did not reveal the launch price.

SpringBoardThe SpringBoard will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and memory expandable to 32GB via a microSD card slot. Though not confirmed by T-Mobile, the original MediaPad had 8GB of on-board memory and sported a mini HDMI out as well. The SpringBoard will have a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing shooting, and will support b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. And similar to the Lenovo Android tablets released earlier this summer, the SpringBoard will support Netflix instant streaming.

Joining the SpringBoard as part of T-Mobile’s tablet lineup, which includes the LG G-Slate and Dell Streak 7, is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Outside of branding a few custom apps, it seems like the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 10.1 is similar to the Verizon and Wi-Fi versions of the device.

Both tablets are expected to launch in time for the holidays.




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