Before the age of smartphones, device manufacturers researched and developed cell phones that were getting smaller and smaller with time. As Smartphones get bigger by the day, Huawei has become the first manufacturer to launch a 7 inch device and call it a smartphone when it would ordinarily be a phablet, a hybrid of a smartphone and tablet because of the size. The Huawei MediaPad X1 whose images had been leaked a few days ago, is now official.
The Huawei MediaPad X1, launched alongside the 8 inch MediaPad M1, is an enormous 7 inch smartphone cum tablet with support for 4G LTE data connectivity, a SIM card slot that can send and receive calls and SMS just like any other smartphone but what really makes it odd is the large screen. This device seems to be a competitive director to Google’s and ASUS’ Nexus 7 phablet that also features phone capabilities.
Huawei’s newest phablet offering disappointingly comes with the older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Android 4.4 KitKat has been out for a while now and I don’t think Huawei has a solid excuse why the X1 couldn’t even have a 4.3 Jelly bean OS. However, the phone has Huawei’s Emotion UI which gives it a completely unique look and feel – users don’t get reminded of how old the OS is.
The Huawei MediaPad X1 comes with a quad-core 1.6 GHz Hisilicon Kirin 910 processor with Mali-450 graphics and 2 GB of RAM, although most early reviewers who have had their hands on the device say the processor may seem a little inadequate for heavy users. Its 7 inch True HD 1280 x 920 pixels resolution is the same as that of Nexus 7 although it has a much sleeker because of the edge to edge design, a better design, a more superior build and is smaller and more expensive.
The MediaPad X1 blurs the line that separates tablets from phones, but it is a device worth having if you can figure out how to carry it around with ease. It also features a 13 megapixels rear camera, a 5 megapixels front camera and will have 16 GB onboard memory but with a microSD card slot for memory expansion and an impressive 5,000 mAh battery that can provide as much as 500 hours or about 3.5 days standby time in typical usage conditions.
A cool feature that the Huawei MediaPad X1 and M1 have that may impress you is reverse charging. Reverse charging is basically draining the battery juice from the tablet into a phone just by connecting them with a cable. This can be a life saver in situations where you need emergency power for your phone.
The Huawei MediaPad X1 tablet, phablet or phone, however you want to make use of it, is a decent device that is attractive, portable and we hope it will be affordable too when it is made available sometime next month. You can read more about the Huawei MediaPad X1 and M1 on Wired.