Huawei has launched a new tablet which is set to capitalise on the current wave of low-priced Android tablets that can also make calls, such as the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and the Asus Fonepad. Named the MediaPad 7 Vogue, it has a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, which matches Samsung’s Tab 3 and other basic slates such as the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The tablet is powered by a quad-core, K3V2 1.2GHz processor which has been produced by Huawei itself, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Huawei has been using its own chips for a while now, and they have been seen in various smartphones, including the newly announced Ascend P6.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes installed on the MediaPad 7 Vogue, and Huawei has added its own Emotion UI over the top, which it claims provides, “A more user-friendly and personalized experience.” We’d much prefer stock Android, as Emotion has some significant alterations, such as removing the app launcher pages, which take some getting used to.
Huawei say you can make calls with the 3G version of the tablet, without using headphones if you want, while other features include Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, HSPA+ connectivity, GPS and a range of accessories.
The MediaPad 7 Vogue has an aluminium unibody chassis which weighs 335 grams, and will come in either black or white. At this time, Huawei has confirmed it’ll go on sale in China next month, but promises other countries will follow. The company is keen to make progress in international markets, so we’d expect a UK launch in the future.