Huawei wants to become a top 5 handset maker in the next two years, and will be targeting Australia with its 7-inch MediaPad and a new range of new Android phones. I got a quick hands-on this morning, so let’s take a look at specs and availability.
The MediaPad runs Android 3.2, a version of Honeycomb that optimises icons for the 7-inch display. The screen runs at 1280x800, and has a pixel density of 217; not quite as high as recent smartphones, but sharper than the iPad. Other key specs includea SIM card slot for 3G connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, microSD card support, b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI output and dual cameras (5MP rear, 1.3MP at front).
At 380g, the MediaPad feels nice in the hand, and Huawei said it’s working on customised widgets, such as integrated social networking. No pricing was announced, but it should be available between July and September.
Also Coming Soon
Sonic (U8650) - Exclusive to Woolworths and Dick Smith in late July. - Pricing closer to launch (but this one’s gonna be cheap) - Android 2.3 - 3.5-inch HVGA Capacitive Touch Screen - 3.2 MP Camera - Double MIC Noise Cancellation - NFC (Optional) - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n + GPS/Compass/FM/G-Sensor
Boulder - Expected late July/early September - Pricing closer to launch - Android 2.2 - 2.6-inch touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard - 3 MP Camera - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n - GPS/Digital Compass/FM/G-Sensor
October and Beyond
Honour - Android 2.3 or above - 4-inch VGA Capacitive Touch Screen - 8 MP Auto Focus Camera - Double MIC Noise Cancellation - 4GB On-Board Memory - Batery Size: 1930 mAH - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n - GPS/Digital Compass/ G-Sensor
U9000 - Android 2.2 - 4.1-inch WVGA Capacitive Touch Screen - 1GHz CPU - 10mm thick - 5 MP Camera - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n - G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Spark - Android 2.3 or above - 3.7-inch HVGA Capacitive Touch Screen - 5 MP Auto Focus Camera - 256MB RAM + 512MB ROM - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n - G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor
U8520 - Android 2.2 - 3.2-inch HVGA Capacitive Touch Screen - 3.2 MP Camera - 256MB RAM + 512MB ROM - BT2.1 A2DP/WiFi 802.11b/g/n - G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Huawei also took the wraps off its new Australian consumer site. You can check it out at: [Huawei Mobile Australia]