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MWC: Huawei's 7in Mediapad X1 smartphone tablet hybrid eyes the Google Nexus 7

Debuts alongside Ascend G6 smartphone, Mediapad X1 tablet and Talkband wearable
Sun Feb 23 2014, 15:08

BARCELONA: CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei announced the Mediapad X1, a device that blurs the line between smartphones and tablets, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday, along with the G6 smartphone.

Unveiled during Huawei's glitzy MWC event, the Mediapad X1 is, according to the firm, both the "world's largest-screened smartphone ever and the world's most compact tablet".

Huawei said that it is 30 percent smaller than the newest iPad Mini, which was demonstrated by failing to squeeze the Apple tablet into a pocket, with the Mediapad X1 measuring just 7.8mm and tipping the scales at 239g.

Huawei Mediapad X1 Android tablet smartphone hybrid

The Huawei Mediapad Z1 features a 7in 1920x1200 resolution screen, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, dual 13MP and 5MP cameras, 4G LTE support and a 5,000mAh battery. Thanks to Huawei's reversable charging technology, the firm said that the tablet can even be used to recharge a smartphone.

Huawei's Ascend G6, which is the sequel to last year's Ascend P6, also made its debut at MWC on Sunday.

The handset, which measures just 7.6mm thick, is all about taking photos. On the rear of the phone there's an 8MP BSI sensor, and there's a 5MP wide-angle lens on the front of the handset. Huawei has equipped the Ascend G6 with a bunch of custom camera software too - such as the ability to tag a photo by barking at it, and the ability to "beautify" your selfies.

Huawei Ascend G6

The Huawei Ascend G6 also features a dual user interface (UI) atop its Android mobile operating system, allowing users to switch between Huawei's Emotion UI and Tiled UI. There's also Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and LTE support, although Huawei has yet to reveal the handset's full specifications. However, the firm has said that it will be available from €249 when it goes on sale later in the year.

Huawei also announced the 8in HD Mediapad M1 tablet, which will fetch €299 when it goes on sale, with the firm looking to rival the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. There's a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, LTE speeds up to 150Mbps and a 4,800mAh battery that will allow users to watch eight movies or listen to music for up to a week.

Huawei also unveiled the Talkband during today's MWC press conference, a device that it claims is the world's first hybrid smartband. The bracelet-like gadget can transform into a Bluetooth headset, allowing users to both track their health and fitness statistics and make calls using the Talkband.

Huawei talkband

The device features a 1.4in OLED screen, NFC, Bluetooth, and is resistant against water and dust.

As if that wasn't enough, Huawei also announced the world's fastest mobile LTE hotspot today, the Huawei E576 that can support download speeds of up to 300Mbps and up to 10 devices at once.

Check back soon for our hands-on with Huawei's new kit. µ

 

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