Chinese device maker Huawei is launching new tablets with 7 and 8 inch displays. The 8 inch Huawei MediaPad M1 has a lower-resolution display, but both tablets are notable because they’re just as much big phones as tablets, thanks to its support for SMS and voice calling capabilities.
The MediaPad X1 is a pretty nice looking 7 inch tablet that was actually introduced in January… but now Huawei is confirming that it’ll be available outside of China.
Huawei MediaPad X1
Huawei’s latest 7 inch tablet has a 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen display, a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core CPU, Mali 450 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
It has a 5000mAH battery, a 5MP front-facing camera and 13MP Sony Exmor rear camera and supports voice-activated, hands-free image capture, among other things.
The Android 4.2 tablet measures 0.28 inches thick and weighs 8.4 ounces.
Huawei says the tablet is already available in China, and it’ll launch in Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Latin America, and Russiah in March.
Huawei MediaPad M1
The company’s new 8 inch tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display. a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and a 4800mAh battery for up to 8 hours of run time.
It weighs 11.6 ounces, measures 0.31 inches thick, and has an aluminum body. The tablet has a 5MP rear camera and 1MP front-facing camera.
What sets this tablet apart from most 8 inch models is that not only does it support 4G LTE data networks, you can also use the tablet to make phone calls or send and receive SMS messages. You can also use it as a mobile hotspot.