MWC 2014: Huawei MediaPad X1 goes official

Skinny 7-inch tablet also makes calls

We knew it was coming as we spotted some details on Twitter last week, but it’s nice to have official confirmation of the Huawei MediaPad X1.

To be honest, not a lot has changed between leak and official launch, although it’s nice to have a press shot of the device to show off, rather than the blurry photo we had a few days back.

The photo hopefully conveys just how thin this tablet is, just 7.18mm of thickness (or thinness) for this 7-inch slate, which has a full aluminium body. It’s also the lightest tablet of its type, coming in at just 239g. Despite that, Huawei has somehow managed to squeeze in a 5,000mAh battery, which should keep you rocking for hours. Actually, more like days, with around five days of video playback promised and 21 days of standby.
Not only that, there’s also a 1,920 x 1,200 full HD display, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel networking camera on the front, 16GB of storage (there’s a microSD slot too), a 1.6GHz quad-core Kirin 910 processor, 2GB RAM and 4G connectivity.

That’s some specification for the money.
But there’s one feature other rival tablets don’t have, which is the option to make calls. Ok, it might look ridiculous, but the lightness makes it possible and of course, you can always go hands-free.
There is one downside, the fact that this tablet runs Android 4.2, alongside Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 interface. But at just €399 when it comes to Europe, it is still worth checking out. It should land in Europe (and the UK) next month in a choice of black, white and pink, with a smart cover (shown off in that leak) thrown in for free.

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