Huawei’s grand plan to crack the tablet market: 4G

Huawei’s grand plan to crack the tablet market: 4GI’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.

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Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 21:28

As such, don’t go getting your hopes up for a wallet-friendly 4G Huawei tablet, lovely as the notion might seem.

Without wallet friendly 4g it's pointless anyway, so no use for over here.

salmonmax  Mar. 6, 2013 at 22:29

there's at last one 4g tablet been around for a while. In fact longer than 4G's been available. I'm not sure anyone's rushing for 4G though, really.

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 23:19

If you mean ipad 3 it wasn't 4g capable here on launch.

salmonmax  Mar. 7, 2013 at 00:22

nope. blackberry. http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/14/rim-playbook-tablet-now-in-delicious-lte-and-hspa-flavors/
It was available over here, think misco were the only supplier, but can't find it now.

Pondlife  Mar. 7, 2013 at 01:11

Ah don't recall much rushing for any playbook really and especially as they went original pricing rather than actually sell some pricing judging by that link

But according to news story here it was only 3g version that got crazy priced uk release.
http://www.mobot.net/rims-blackberry-playbook-3g-hits-uk-priced-415-49811

Judging by their website too
http://uk.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/where-to-buy.html

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 7, 2013 at 08:02

"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.”

Now, the rest of the plan is simple.
I fly to the moon.
I shrink the moon.
I grab the moon.
I sit on the toilet.

salmonmax  Mar. 7, 2013 at 15:43

yup that was the one - I recall clearly the misco site had it as 4G, but that must have been a mistake. They went with the 4G naming (as you'll see from my link), but it's 3G+ now. All down to the **** up that was some saying LTE was the only 4G others saying HSPA+ was faster, so *clearly* it must be 4G. Over here, we've settled on 4G is LTE only?

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