I’ve always thought it must be pretty depressing being a tablet OEM. One look at the iPad (and perhaps to an extent the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire) and you’d surely think: ‘What’s the point?’
Huawei, for one, isn’t intimidated by the big boys, and the Chinese manufacturer reckons it’s about to throw a cat among the proverbial pigeons with – wait for it – 4G tablets.
That’s what Jim "JP" Powell, Huawei's Head of Product Management, tells TechRadar.
"There's a reality at the moment where if you take purely 3G or Wi-Fi tablets, there's a market where a tablet from one manufacturer is what the majority of people are buying,” begins Jim, presumably referring to Apple’s iPad (unless I've missed some seriously major developments).
"Our view is a very simple one, put LTE into these devices, put the power and the speed that we can put into these devices and you open up a different world.”
Jim’s enthusiasm is almost infectious, till you remember that Huawei’s handsets often struggle to make it out west. When I contacted Huawei a few weeks ago, they told me: “Availability of each device in the UK depends on which [operators] choose to range which product. We can’t say more at this point.”
As such, don’t go getting your hopes up for a wallet-friendly 4G Huawei tablet, lovely as the notion might seem.