The Huawei S7 may not be as cheap as some Android tablets hitting the market this week, but with prices ranging from $354 to $460, it’s a decent alternative to the Apple iPad for Google Android fans. The tablet has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a 768MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 3G modem.
The tablet also has a 2MB webcam, a 2200mAh battery, a gravity sensor, SIM card slot, light sensor, and pretty much everything else you would expect from an Android smartphone — including access to the Google Android Market.
Last month Expansys USA started taking pre-orders for the Huawei S7 tablet, but that model, which runs $360, hasn’t begun to ship yet — despite an original estimated ship date of July 7th. Now that date has been pushed back to September 6th.
But Expansys is offering another model which is virtually identical except for the fact that it comes with a 32GB SDHC card. And the retailer says this version should be released July 30th. I’d take that date with a grain of salt though. Since the only difference between the two models is the bundling of a high capacity SDHC card, I can’t help but wonder if Expansys could start selling the cheaper model this week too, but is deciding to only offer the pricier model due to limited supply and the urge to make a little more money.
On the other hand, it’s possible that one or both ship dates are simply wrong — or that Expansys is receiving units bundled with SD cards in the same box directly from Huawei and has no control over the availability of different versions. But as the sole US retailer for this device at the moment, it would be nice if Expansys would put accurate ship dates on its web site every once in a while.
Update: Expansys now shows an September 6th ship date for both models.