MWC 2014: The Huawei MediaPad X1 is half dainty tablet, half monster smartphone

MWC 2014: The Huawei MediaPad X1 is half dainty tablet, half monster smartphoneEvery year at MWC one or two companies look to beat the crowds by announcing their new wares on the Sunday before the show begins, and yesterday (among a couple of others) it was Huawei.

And probably the most interesting of its quartet of new devices is the MediaPad X1, a 7in Android tablet that can make calls, and is the thinnest and narrowest in its class.

The significance there is that it supposedly reduces how ridiculous you look with the thing pressed against your ear, which is as noble a cause as any in the mobile arena right now.

For the record it weighs in at 239g and is 103.9mm wide. Compare that to the 168g and 79.2mm of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it's clearly not a life-changing difference, but with all the main details having already been leaked, they need to have something to put in the press release.

Speaking of those main details, here they are: a 7.18mm thick aluminium body housing a 1920 x 1200 LTPS display; Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 910 chipset with a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali 450 MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage with microSD support, a 13MP f/2.4 camera on the back and a 5MP f/2.2 snapper on the front, a 150Mbps LTE radio, a more-than-decent 5000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean overlaid with Huawei's Emotion 2.0 UI.

So it looks good, is slimmer and faster than the majority of the 7in tablet competition, including the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and can make calls and supports LTE as standard. Plus it launches next month, so there's not long to wait.

The only downside is the reported €399 RRP (£329) and the fact that the Huawei MediaPad X1 will only go on sale in the second half of the year, which leaves plenty of time for its rivals to cover what looks like a decent play by Huawei for some of the 7in tablet limelight.

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