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Battle of the Godzilla phones: Who’s king of the Android monsters?

We all had a good laugh back in 2010 when Simon Pegg tweeted a photo of his head beside an iPad. But it looks like phone manufacturers are getting the last laugh now after the announcement of yet another massive, 7-inch phablet, the Acer Iconia 7. These big devices are more than just tablets; they’re full blown smartphones that the makers expect us to hold up right against our skulls to make calls. Acer’s phablet is the third massive 7-inch gadget to hit the market, leading us to wonder: which mega phablet reigns supreme? Let’s see what the specs reveal:

 

Huawei
Mediapad X1

Huawei Mediapad X1

Asus
Fonepad 7 2014

Asus FonePad 7

Acer
Iconia Tab 7

Acer Iconia Tab 7

Size 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.2 (mm) 120 x 196.8 x 10.5 (mm)  TBD
Weight 239g 340g 298g
Resolution 1,920 x 1,200 pixels 1,280 x 800 pixels 1,280 x 800 pixels
OS Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.4 KitKat
Storage 16GB 8/16/32 GB 8/16 GB
SD Card Slot Yes Yes Yes
Processor HiSilicon 910 1.6Ghz Quad-core Intel Z2560 1.6 Ghz Dual-core Intel Z2560 1.6 Ghz Dual-core
RAM 2GB 1GB 1GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, BT 3.0, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, HSPA+,
Camera Front 5MP, Rear 13MP Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP Front 1.2MP, Rear 5MP
Battery 5,000 mAh  3,950 mAh 3,700 mAh
Price $550 $250+ $200+
Links Hands-on Video Hands-on Video Iconia Tab 7 News

What the numbers reveal

When you look at the hardware, what you get are two phablets relatively close in power and features next to another that just blows them both away in almost every category. When it comes to what’s packed inside, the Huawei Mediapad X1 has a serious edge on the Asus Fonepad 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 7 in just about every category. Its 1.6GHz quad-core processor packs a bigger graphics punch for better video viewing and its higher resolution screen will make that viewing experience all the better. The 15-hour battery life beats out the Asus Fonepad’s 10-hour cut-off and its 13-megapixel camera will take some stellar shots. It’s thinner, lighter, and wins out in almost every category.

The Fonepad 7 and Iconia Tab 7, meanwhile, are a close match in hardware and functionality for the most part. Both offer the same Intel-powered dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 1280×800 resolution display. The Fonepad 7 is a tad heavier because of the bigger battery, but that also means a longer lasting phablet for your all-day usage. 

Huawei’s Mediapad X1 is the king among giants

In the end, the Huawei Mediapad X1 is truly a phablet for those out there who want the very best they can get for a smartphone that will barely fit in your hands. The Mediapad X1 wins out in just about every category compared to other 7-inch phablets, but you’ll pay for that difference. At a starting price of about $550 in Europe, this gadget is more than double the price of the Acer Iconia Tab 7, a more modestly priced phablet with more modest hardware inside of it.

The Huawei Mediapad X1 is a clear winner in this comparison, though if you can’t pay the high price, one of the other two tablets should serve you just fine. More importantly make sure you have the long fingers and cargo shorts necessary to carry around any of these three bad boy phablets.

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