Introducing the world's first Android 3.2 tablet - Huawei's 7" MediaPad

With recent murmurings about Android 4.0 being on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that there’s still plenty of Honeycomb goodness to enjoy before that horizon approaches.

But if you’re finding that the Motorola Xooms and Samsung Galaxy Tabs of this world just aren’t quite hitting the spot, maybe it’s time to take Honeycomb up a notch. Anticipating that need, Huawei has announced the world’s first Android 3.2 device, a 7” inch tablet known as ‘MediaPad’.

Packing a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (which Engadget reports is a Qualcomm model), it also features a 5MP camera round the back of its 10.5mm body, with a 1.3MP camera up front. It’s not the thinnest out there (thinner than the first Galaxy Tab, but not the latest model), but at 390g, at least it’s not too heavy.

Also up front, there’s a 7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, which Huawei’s MediaPad website describes as being high-def, but the exact resolution isn’t specified (although Engadget mentions a fairly high pixel density of 217ppi; the HTC Flyer and 7” Galaxy Tab both have around 170ppi). We are promised HD recording and “1080p Full HD video playback”, handy for that integrated HDMI port.

If that’s not enough for you, there’s both wi-fi (802.11n) and 3G (HSPA+) capabilities on board, Bluetooth, 8GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot… oh, and it’s also got Flash 10.3 preloaded, so you can watch all the filth you want to.

Android 3.2 is still a Honeycomb build (so it doesn’t get its own delicious code-name), and is described as being very similar to 3.1, but specifically optimised for 7-inch tablets.  

Huawei are still playing a few cards close to their chest – so far, there’s no word on how much this baby’s gonna cost, nor on how much RAM it will carry, nor indeed on whether the device will carry a custom Android-skin, or if it might go commando with an untainted ‘stock’ Android 3.2 experience.

Still, one question they have answered is that of when it will arrive – barring any disasters, it’ll be available in the US in Q3 2011.

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Well, don't rule it out just yet - Huawei hasn't released a complete spec list yet; merely a range of highlights. We don't know things like battery capacity, exact screen resolution, Bluetooth version, what accessories it might come with, plus there any many more unanswered questions than these.

Also worth noting that the device is still in development - this is at least in part why the RAM spec hasn't been finalised yet; Huawei is still discussing this with its partners.

So, it may yet have GPS. Well hopefully find out soon enough - Q3 begins in two weeks!

Huawei is also a massive OEM for large carriers so I wouldn't be surprised if they're offered also under carrier brand in much the same way that ZTE tablets are offered under the carrier brand.

it'll be available in the US in Q3 2011.

Oh well not viable for me then, back to the original plan.

But I still can't see the point of a seven inch table myself if you already have a touchscreen phone with a large(ish) display.

I guess we will have to wait and see what the battery life is going to be like

Actually, battery life is something I forgot to mention in the article - Huawei quotes battery life of six hours of realistic usage, which sounds roughly on par with the 7" Galaxy Tab.

what said,
Android has been out long enough now to know updates won't come thick and fast.

I would agree with your statement if it wasn't for the fact that the new story you are commenting on is detailing an Android 3.2 release only 2 months after the first Android 3.0 device was released.

Updates on new phones are easier to come by......some call it clever - I call it profiteering.

Wiggz said,

I would agree with your statement if it wasn't for the fact that the new story you are commenting on is detailing an Android 3.2 release only 2 months after the first Android 3.0 device was released.

Updates on new phones are easier to come by......some call it clever - I call it profiteering.


Unfortunately there's a difference between a new version of Android coming out on new hardware and an updated version of Android being pushed to older devices.

Non-Active-Account said,
Wow I did not even know about 3.1 yet. O.o

3.1 has been out for awhile. I"ve had it on my Xoom WiFi for a few weeks. Don't notice that many differences, although resizing widgets is kinda nice. I'd really like the SD slot activated though...