Huawei is slowly, but surely making inroads into the US market with its phones and tablets. It now has devices on AT&T, T-Mobile, and other smaller carriers around the country. With devices like the ’10” MediaPad’ tablet (not a final name), we will undoubtedly be seeing more of the Chinese device maker in the months to come. The unit we tried out at the CTIA 2012 show yesterday is still incomplete and a bit buggy, but from a hardware perspective, it’s one of the nicest 10-inch Android tablets we’ve used.
The Huawei 10 MediaPad runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a screen that’s nearly as high res as the third iPad (1920×1200 pixels), runs on Huawei’s 1.5GHz K3 quad-core processor (same as in the Ascend D Quad phone), has 2GB of RAM (a high amount), has a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and has an 8-megapixel rear camera. It’s also a bit thinner than the newest iPad at only 8.8mm and its construction feels quite premium, with a metal back and glass front.
Smartly, Huawei has gone the route of many other tablet vendors like Acer and left Android’s design and user interface alone, which should help performance as well. We didn’t use the tablet for very long, but found it quite responsive and its screen definitely looked a lot nicer than some of the lower-resolution tablets currently on the market. High-resolution screens aren’t something that seems like it matters, but after you use one, it’s difficult to go back to the blocky world of fewer pixels.
There isn’t currently a US launch date for the Huawei 10″ MediaPad tablet, but it will be released in “global markets” sometime this summer. Expect it to carry a price tag of at least $500, if not more.