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Huawei announces first Android 3.2 tablet

Huawei announces first Android 3.2 tablet
Huawei announces first Android 3.2 tablet
7” tablet is first to feature Honeycomb 3.2, also comes with dual-core Qualcomm processor

The last 7” tablet that crossed our radar was unable to play nicely with Android Honeycomb, but Huawei seems to think that they have what it takes to overcome any Android 3.x compatibility issues on their 7 inch slate. Announced by the company at the CommunicAsia 2011 conference in Singapore Monday, the new Huawei MediaPad will be the first tablet to come with Android 3.2 and will come in a convenient 7 inch size.

It was only recently that Android 3.1 was announced and released to certain tablets, but Huawei has decided to skip that milestone and outfit their new MediaPad with Android Honeycomb 3.2. It is yet unknown what the latest version actually offers over 3.1; however, it might have something to do with Honeycomb customization for 7” tablets.

As far as the actual hardware in the tablet goes, the MediaPad will be powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor and is only 10.5mm thick while weighing around 390g. In addition, the tablet’s display is an IPS panel similar to the iPad 2, but features 217 pixels per inch compared to the iPad’s 132ppi. Otherwise, the tablet also comes with HDMI, HSPA+, Flash 10.3, and a pair of front and rear facing cameras.

Being the first tablet on the market with Android 3.2 is definitely a plus for Huawei’s MediaPad, and the included hardware is certainly nothing to scoff at. Unfortunately, the company is being a bit shy with regards to pricing and release info, but we do know that the tablet should make its way to the market sometime this September.

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2011-06-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)