Jan 11 AT 1:07 PM Dustin Earley 12 Comments

Huawei MediaPad to begin shipping with Android 4; older devices will be updated

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Huawei has yet to release their breakthrough product in the US market, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing their quest to deliver relevant Android products in a fashionable way. Just take the MediaPad for example. Originally launched in June of 2011, it was the first 7-inch tablet to deliver Android 3, Honeycomb, and looked good doing it. Huawei wants to carry on this tradition. So starting this quarter, the comapny will start shipping the original MediaPad with Android 4, and debut their new MediaPad Color Series.

Huawei realizes that being first to market with a new version of Android is important to consumers. They leaned heavily on the fact that the MediaPad was the fist 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, and they’re doing it again with Android 4. Anytime in the next couple months now, if you were to buy an original MediaPad, it would come pre-loaded with Android 4. And if you own an existing MediaPad, you can expect an OTA update sometime this quarter as well. If that doesn’t entice you to give a Huawei tablet a shot, maybe their new line of colored MediaPads will.

There’s not a whole lot to report on the MediaPad Color Series, as they’re essentially just colored MediaPads. The only real standout difference between the original MediaPad and its shadow black, classic brown and passion pink siblings is that the Color Series will come with Android 3.2.

Though the MediaPad never sold like crazy, it wasn’t because of what the tablet brought to the table. The dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor was more than enough to get the job done when it was first released (it still is for that matter), and 1280 x 800 7-inch display is still impressive by today’s measures. It was price that killed the MediaPad, with the T-Mobile Huawei Springboard variant priced at $430 off-contract. Hopefully, Huawei can get it right with this next round of updates and their Color Series.

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Huawei’s MediaPad Now Comes with Android 4.0
Huawei also unveils new MediaPad color series, operating on Android 3.2
Las Vegas, USA, January 10, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei MediaPad is now one of the world’s first tablets to come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. First launched in June 2011, the original MediaPad was the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet. This latest version of the MediaPad once again provides users with the very latest Android experience, along with access to the newest and hottest services and apps available in the Android marketplace.

Huawei also unveiled its new MediaPad color series — fashionable MediaPads in three new colors: shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink and running on Android 3.2. Both MediaPad versions have a high-quality display, with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 217 PPI and supporting 1080P Full HD video playback. Additionally, they come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and have a battery capacity of six hours or more.

“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device. “With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”

Huawei’s new MediaPad color series and the MediaPad with Android 4.0 will be available in selected markets in the first quarter of 2012. Existing MediaPad owners will receive an OTA Android 4.0 upgrade to their tablets by the first quarter of 2012.

About Huawei Device
Huawei Device believes that everyone can be the center of information and that the world would be a better place if access and information barriers were knocked down. Its strong suite of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home devices is testimony to Huawei Device’s focus on customers and its commitment to providing user-friendly mobile internet experiences through ongoing innovation. Based on more than two decades of success in the information and communications industry, and with our own channel expertise, operational capabilities and global partner resources, Huawei Device is transforming from a company that sells millions of devices in single transactions to large businesses, to a “Business-to-People” (B2P) brand that also sells individual devices directly to millions of people. As at the end of 2011, Huawei Device serves more than 500 operators all over the world. For more information, visit Huawei Device online: www.huaweidevice.com

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  • Jteph

    I would like one of those. They look pretty neat and they’re not that expensive if you think about the infinite ways of “playing” with it.

  • spazby

    if they price it right and release to as wide audience as possible and do it quickly, it will sell like hotcakes….

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  • LukeT32

    Doesn’t stand a chance against the ASUS MeePad thing.. Price or spec wise.

    • Dustin Earley

      Nothing does.

      • Slith

        Agreed. No Tegra 3, no deal.

        • Jon Garrett

          Tegra 3 = higher price.

  • lokidokie

    I kinda feel sorry for this company. It’s time for them to give up!

  • Futureboy

    I look at these guys like Hyundai. When Hyundai started making cars, they were bargain basement in terms of price and quality. Slowly they improved their quality while maintaining a competitive price. Now, they are a top quality manufacturer, producing desirable cars at a decent price.

    Huawei seems to be on this same path. They’re slowly but surely stepping up their game. If they keep on this path, they will do quite well for themselves.

  • YNWA

    So whats the most affordable 7 inch tablet with a dual core processor and stock Honeycomb or above?

  • robwhittaker

    Has anybody got one of these? would you recommend it?