If you like thin yet large, the MediaPad X2 could be for you. But at just 7.68mm thick, how much room does it actually have inside for hardware and battery?
The stand out feature of the new phablet is the large 7-inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution — equating to 323ppi. It’s an IPS panel too, so you get a wide 178 degree viewing angle and decent image quality. With the proliferation of 16:9 aspect ratios, it’s nice to see 16:10 is still out there. The side bezels are also tiny, which really helps keep the size down without sacrificing screen real-estate.
The MediaPad X2 squeezes in a 2.0GHz Kirin 930 ultra-octa chipset – in other words, a powerful 8 core 64-bit CPU. For those who like 3D gaming on the go, it also has a 64-bit Mali-T628 GPU. How long the battery lasts remains to be seen, but Huawei promise an all-day capacity with a 5,000 mAh Li-Polymer cell. You also get a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front shooter for selfies. The MediaPad X2 supports 4G, dual simcards and has a twin 2.4GHz Wi-Fi antenna. The MediaPad X2 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop from launch, albeit hidden under Huawei’s interface. The full dimensions are 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 239 grams.
Australian availability and pricing is yet to be confirmed, but there will be two versions. In silver, you can grab the 16GB version (with 2GB of RAM) or upgrade to 32GB (and 3GB RAM) in flashy amber gold. It looks like a solid upgrade from the old MediaPad X1.