Huawei has just made the Mediapad 7 Youth tablet official. This is a 7-inch full HD tablet that can be used to make voice calls as well as send SMS and MMS messages. Aimed at younger consumers, the tablet is expected to come with a pocket-friendly price tag when it finally hits the market.
The Huawei Mediapad 7 Youth features a polished aluminum metal unibody exterior that is slim and lightweight, measuring 9.9 millimeters and weighing 350 grams. Compared to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, the Huawei Mediapad 7 Youth is thinner but heavier.
For its display, it packs a 1080p capacitive 10-point touchscreen whereas for its processor, it comes with a 28nm dual-core 1.6GHz CPU with an unspecified brand. The press release does not specify its GPU, RAM, or internal storage space. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is its operating system, possibly overlaid with Huawei’s Emotion UI. Meanwhile, the tablet draws its power from a 4100 mAh Li-Polymer battery which promises around two weeks of standby time once fully-charged. Connectivity options on the tablet include HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps and Wi-Fi.
The tablet will be released in various locations, such as Europe, China, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Russia during the third quarter of 2012. Last month, the tablet also made an appearance at the FCC, where it was revealed to be a budget tablet that does not sport a rear-facing camera. Today’s announcement, however, shows that the tablet does offer a rear-facing camera, in addition to a front-facing camera, as indicated by a press render of the device on the official website. The numbers of megapixels on the cameras have not been revealed, along with the other technical specifications and features.
The Huawei Mediapad 7 Youth is expected to compete against the ASUS Fonepad, another tablet which is able to perform smartphone functions, as well. Other possible competitors include the 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 slates, which are also able to make voice calls, as well as the growing number of larger smartphones, also known as phablets.
Are you interested in a 7-inch tablet that can make calls? Or would you rather use a regular smartphone for such purpose?