Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue: cheap and cheerful 7in phablet

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue: cheap and cheerful 7in phabletHuawei gives us our second new phablet of the day in the MediaPad 7 Vogue, a budget-conscious offering that trumps the Sony Xperia Z Ultra by pushing the screen size envelope all the way up to 7in.

Or maybe it's better to simply call it a 7in tablet that boasts the additional feature of being able to make calls. At least the world makes a bit more sense that way.

We actually heard about the MediaPad 7 Vogue back in March, but while we assumed at the time it was imminent, in the end it's taken quite a while to get here.

Returning to the screen size debate, to be fair the MediaPad 7 Vogue is by no means the first device of its size to come with voice support. But it's a curious feature to include on a device that's otherwise very much a mid-to-low-end battler.

The display is only a 1,024 x 600 panel, while an own-brand 1.2GHz quad-core processor should provide adequate performance without blowing you away.

A single 3MP camera will have to do on the imaging front, while on-board storage is limited to 8GB and RAM to 1GB. OS duties are covered by Android Jelly Bean, but it's only version 4.1 rather than the current 4.2.

It's hardly a spec to set the world on fire, which makes the inclusion of a 4,100mAh battery a bit excessive. Safe to say battery life will be one of the MediaPad 7 Vogue's strengths.

But with so many other mediocrities it's hard to pinpoint the kind of buyer who'll be attracted by what the MediaPad 7 Vogue has to offer.

It might just come down to price, and with Huawei's track record for aggressive pricing, expect something considerably under £200.

The MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China later this month, before making its way internationally in the months to come. It'll also be available in Wi-Fi-only form.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 17:52

There's a new one... complaints about an o.t.t. battery in a mobile device :p


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