Huawei made a splash at CES with the unveiling of its Ascend Mate 2 with that huge 4050 mAh battery. MWC brought even more devices from Huawei including the MediaPad X1. Measuring in at 7.18 mm thick, it's not quite as thin as Sony's Xperia Z tablet (6.9 mm) but it does beat out the iPad mini, the iPad air, and the Kindle Fire.
We went hands on with the MediaPad X1 at Huawei's booth today and were pretty impressed with the feel of the device. Though it's 7 inches in size, it doesn't feel overly large (perhaps a side-effect of ever larger smartphones). Huawei has included 4G LTE support as well as a messaging app and a dialer so phablet fans could technically use this as a phone. While this device might be thin and light, it's still a bit cumbersome in terms of size, so we're not sure you'd want to use it as a phone regularly, but the functionality is there if required.
The software is Android 4.2 with Huawei's Emotion UI layer on top. This includes some major changes, like ditching the app tray and displaying every app on your home screens, as well as some minor tweaks, like the nice 'rolling' effect you get when you swipe from home screen to screen. The
Under the hood you're looking at a quad-core 1.6 Ghz processor, 2 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of storage, 13-megapixel camera in the back, 5-megapixel front facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, support for LTE, a 5000 mAh battery, and a total weight of 239g. The display is a 7-inch 1200 x 1920 LTPS with 10-point capacitive touch.
Pricing and availability haven't been announced but we'll keep you posted!