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Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 Tablet Review

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Kevin S. ), 09/03/2014

Nexus rival. The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is designed to vie with the Google Nexus 7, and with its in-house processor and high-resolution LTPS display, it seems to be an interesting competitor in the 7-inch segment. The LTE tablet leaves a good impression in many respects; however, it shows some flaws in terms of software.

For the original German review, see here.

Huawei introduced its MediaPad X1 7.0 in February 2014. Four months later it was launched in the European market. The LTPS display has scored especially well. With the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 910  processor and significantly more expensive X1 7.0 (starting from 347 Euros, ~$450) it is similar to the larger M1 8.0 (starting from 219 Euros, ~$285, with LTE) in terms of performance data. Only the internal memory has been doubled to 2 GB.

The diagonal panel and its resolution, and other key data, are strongly reminiscent of the Google Nexus 7 (349 Euros, ~$452, with LTE). Indeed, the RRP is slightly higher, but the price has already dropped below its competitors. The device also has to keep up with other high-class competitors. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is one of them, as well as larger tablets such as the iPad mini Retina or the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Case

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

The body of the X1 is made of aluminum and surrounded by plastic.
The body of the X1 is made of aluminum and surrounded by plastic.

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 chassis is made of both aluminum and plastic and it is available in silver-gray, white and black. The "black" model is rather dark blue. The display frame is extremely slender and the tablet has a height of only 7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches). Therefore, it is both slim and handy

Clearances are very consistent. Only the transition between aluminum back and plastic parts could be smoother. The edges are rigid. The torsional rigidity of the tablet is excellent: the device is very stable and does not creak at all. In addition, the MediaPad X1 is insensitive to pressure. Only a high pressure applied at the back induces a slight distortion.

The battery of the tablet is integrated and cannot be replaced. 

Connectivity

Wie wir testen - Ausstattung

The equipment of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 shows some flaws. The Micro-USB 2.0 port is used to charge the tablet as well as data exchange with a computer. External input devices and memory sticks can also be connected through OTG.

Officially, the MicroSD card slot supports memory cards up to a size of 32 GB (SDHC). However, user feedbacks often indicate that SDXC cards are also accepted. Only a DLNA is available to play media on an external device. Neither MHL nor Miracast are supported. NFC has also been dispensed with. 

Top part: audio, microphone
Top part: audio, microphone
There are no ports on the left.
There are no ports on the left.
Bottom part: USB 2.0, microphone
Bottom part: USB 2.0, microphone
On the right: Micro-SIM, power, volume, MicroSD
On the right: Micro-SIM, power, volume, MicroSD

Software

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 relies on the slightly out-dated Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in combination with Emotion UI 2.0. Thus, there is no compatibility with Android Wear gadgets. As with the MediaPad M1, there are frequent stutters, even though they are not very obvious.

Except for Kingsoft Office and some games, which can be easily uninstalled, there are no third-party supplier apps on the tablet. A known and useful tool is the Phone Manager

Emotion UI 2.0
Emotion UI 2.0
Preinstalled games are sometimes only demos.
Preinstalled games are sometimes only demos.
complete settings
complete settings
general settings
general settings

Communications & GPS 

The WLAN module of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 supports the IEEE-802.11 standards a/b/g/n and transmits in 2.4 and 5.0 GHz range. However the tablet does not have a fast ac-Wi-Fi but has a relatively decent range, although damping of up to -84 dBm at a distance of 20 meters (~66 feet) to the router (Fritz!Box 6360) is rather high. Nevertheless, accessing a website was still possible, even though with a noticeable delay. 

Mobile Internet access is possible using HSPA+ (download up to 42 MBit/s) or LTE Cat 4. Downloads and uploads of up to 150 MBit/s and 50 MBit/s, respectively, are possible with the latter. In addition, Quad-Band-GSM is offered, which is also crucial, as the tablet allows phone calls. Please note that speech quality is not particularly good. There is always background noise that does not seem to be suppressed. We could understand the caller well, even though there were small dropouts and the sound was very quiet. 

Bluetooth 4.0 is also implemented and works perfectly. Whether playing music or streaming HD video, soundtracks are clear

GPS test: indoors
GPS test: indoors
GPS test: outdoors
GPS test: outdoors

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 supports position determination through GPS and Glonass. Establishing the satellite fix is relatively fast when used outdoors, but indoors it takes over half a minute. The accuracy decreases when trees or houses interfere with the reception. Therefore, the quality of the receiver is only average, especially when compared with a good device such as the Garmin Edge 500.

Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500

Cameras

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 has two cameras. With up to 5 MP (2592x1952, 4:3), resolution of the front camera is relatively high. During daylight, good shots are indeed possible, even though they lack some sharpness and color precision. In addition to autofocus, an electronic image stabilization and HDR are also offered. The beauty mode is simple, which has little effect if there is not sufficient light. This can be mitigated slightly, by activating a mechanism that increases display brightness when there is not enough light, although its effect is still limited.

The main camera has a resolution of up to 13 MP (4160x3120, 4:3). Quality is better, even though it decreases in poor light conditions. The integrated LED flash allows sharp images, but colors seem very unnatural. The camera tends to over-expose in daylight. Sharpness is good, but colors seem a little pale. Image stabilization and autofocus are also available for this component. HDR shots show significantly less noise in poor light conditions, but they are also slightly darker. Panorama mode can be used both vertically and horizontally; however, results are not really convincing since the frames are not well stitched. There are also many image modes and effect filters that can be used. 

The main camera shoots videos with 1080p (1920x1080, 16:9; front camera: 720p). The number of frames per second of 27 fps is extremely unusual. The quality of the videos cannot really convince, even in daylight. Shots are not really sharp and colors seem damped. However, both microphones have relatively good acoustics. The stereo effect in particular is very good.

Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: normal)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: normal)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: HDR)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: HDR)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (front camera, mode: normal)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (front camera, mode: normal)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: normal)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: normal)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: HDR)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: HDR)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: beauty)
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 (mode: beauty)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)

Accesory

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 includes a power adaptor with a rated output power of 10 Watts (5 Volt, 2 Ampere), a USB cable and a Quick Start Guide. 

There are no optional accessories, but the Huawei Talkband B1 (RRP 129 Euros, ~$167) could be an interesting gadget since this wristband can also be used as a Bluetooth headset.

Warranty

Huawei offers a 24-month warranty on the device. The battery and AC adaptor have a warranty of six months. 

Input Devices & Control

The capacitive touchscreen of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 detects up to ten inputs simultaneously. Sliding properties of the surface are really good, and there is no reason to complain about precision.

The virtual keyboard shows the same problem as the MediaPad M1 8.0. The layout is bilingual and it constantly switches to English. It can be sometimes really annoying when the keys are not at the location where they are supposed to be. Otherwise, the keyboard is well made, even though the manufacturer has not explicitly labeled the keys of the German layout. On the other hand, it seems tidier. 

The two physical side keys seem a little unstable and very pressure-sensitive. Therefore, unintentional inputs can occur now and then.

portrait mode (German)
portrait mode (German)
landscape mode (English)
landscape mode (English)

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

The MediaPad X1 has a LTPS display.
The MediaPad X1 has a LTPS display.

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 has a diagonal 7-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. This corresponds to an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a pixel density of around 324 ppi. These are exactly the values of the competitors Amazon and Google. Only the iPad Mini achieves a higher pixel count due to its larger display, but still has the same pixel density. Unlike the other comparable tablets, the X1 does not rely on a conventional IPS display, but on the advanced LTPS. The difference between the two is that there is no gap between touch surface and the actual panel.

With up to 513 cd/m² and 90% uniformity, the brightness is excellent. The iPad Mini (max. 416 cd/m², 89%) is slightly worse. The HDX 7 (max. 447 cd/m², 91%) and the Nexus 7 (max. 549 cd/m², 87%) are on a similar level; with minor advantages and disadvantages. A minimal glow effect is only visible when the image is completely black. 

475
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
469
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 513 cd/m² Average: 483.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 513 cd/m²
Contrast: 900:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.12 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.83 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.24

Black level of 0.57 cd/m² is slightly high, but due to the high brightness, it still provides a very good contrast ratio of 900:1. These values are considerably higher than the ones the HDX 7 (0.67 cd/m², 668:1) or the Nexus 7 (1.07 cd/m², 513:1) could achieve. Only the iPad Mini (0.54 cd/m², 761:1) can keep up with the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 in terms of black level.

Color fidelity of the test device is also really good. Deviations are barely visible to the naked eye. Color representation is slightly more distinctive, which makes colors more intense without being unnatural. Grayscales (dE 3.8) are also very good, although not as outstanding as the iPad Mini (dE 1.1) or the Nexus 7 (dE 2.6). A slight blue tint is visible in default settings. However, this can be corrected by adjusting the color temperature of the display. 

Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: standard)
Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: standard)
Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: cold)
Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: cold)
Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: warm)
Grayscales (target color space sRGB, color temperature: warm)
color fidelity (target color space sRGB)
color fidelity (target color space sRGB)
color saturation (target color space sRGB)
color saturation (target color space sRGB)
mixed colors (target color space sRGB)
mixed colors (target color space sRGB)
mixed colors (target color space Adobe RGB)
mixed colors (target color space Adobe RGB)

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is a positive surprise for outdoor use. Despite the glossy surface readability of the display is good even in sunlight. The advantage of the high contrast is noticeable here.

Viewing angle stability of the LTPS panel is also good. Unlike the iPad Mini, the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 does not show any signs of a ghost-effect. Loss of brightness at low viewing angles is also minimal and colors always remain bold. 

viewing angle stability of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
viewing angle stability of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
The X1 in the sun.
The X1 in the sun.

Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 cannot hold a candle to its competitors in terms of performance, which is rather poor for a high-end device. The in-house HiSilicon Kirin 910 processor has four cores that clock up to 1.6 GHz each. With 2 GB internal memory, the test device has twice as much RAM as the MediaPad M1, which is indeed slower, even though it has the same hardware. An ARM Mali-450 MP4 with a clock pulse of 533 MHz is used as the graphics processor.

In our benchmarks, the test device falls considerably behind its rivals  that are all significantly better equipped. Even the Nexus 7, by now one year old, is faster. Nevertheless, the X1 can score a small victory in the 3DMark Unlimited Physics test. Due to its double CPU cores, it scores better than the iPad Mini.

The bad performance can also be noted in daily use, where micro stuttering of the system occurs from time to time.

AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
22262 Points ∼52%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
21467 Points ∼50% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
34160 Points ∼79% +53%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
34503 Points ∼80% +55%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
201.996 MFLOPS ∼7%
Google Nexus 7 2013
253.634 MFLOPS ∼9% +26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
664.042 MFLOPS ∼22% +229%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
664.042 MFLOPS ∼22% +229%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
727.011 MFLOPS ∼25% +260%
Apple iPad mini Retina
998.18 MFLOPS ∼34% +394%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
62.844 MFLOPS ∼6%
Google Nexus 7 2013
97.481 MFLOPS ∼10% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
379.336 MFLOPS ∼37% +504%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
379.336 MFLOPS ∼37% +504%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
429.915 MFLOPS ∼42% +584%
Apple iPad mini Retina
536.03 MFLOPS ∼52% +753%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
1643 Points ∼10%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
1452 Points ∼9% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
2782 Points ∼17% +69%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
2622 Points ∼16% +60%
Apple iPad mini Retina
2512 Points ∼15% +53%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
537 Points ∼12%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
481 Points ∼10% -10%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
915 Points ∼20% +70%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
863 Points ∼19% +61%
Apple iPad mini Retina
1393 Points ∼30% +159%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
11513 Points ∼18%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
8327 Points ∼13% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
15614 Points ∼25% +36%
Apple iPad mini Retina
7902 Points ∼12% -31%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
5227 Points ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
4410 Points ∼1% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
15390 Points ∼3% +194%
Apple iPad mini Retina
18343 Points ∼4% +251%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
5949 Points ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
4925 Points ∼3% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
15439 Points ∼8% +160%
Apple iPad mini Retina
14180 Points ∼8% +138%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
8.9 fps ∼1%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼1% +80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
25.9 fps ∼2% +191%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
25.9 fps ∼2% +191%
Apple iPad mini Retina
27 fps ∼2% +203%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
8.9 fps ∼15%
Google Nexus 7 2013
16 fps ∼27% +80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
17.1 fps ∼29% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
17.1 fps ∼29% +92%
Apple iPad mini Retina
21 fps ∼35% +136%

Legend

 
Huawei MediaPad X1 HiSilicon Kirin 910, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0 HiSilicon Kirin 910, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 7 2013 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad mini Retina Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Browsing works relatively fine, but here again, benchmarks show that its competitors are considerably faster. The Browsermark 2.1 pushed the tablet to its limits. Stock Browser froze during the test. Even with Google Chrome (version 37) this benchmark could not be performed. Websites that are more complex are sometimes difficult to handle for the tablet, and small stutters occur from time to time. 

Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
745 Points ∼12%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
616 Points ∼10% -17%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
611 Points ∼10% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
876 Points ∼14% +18%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
975 Points ∼16% +31%
Apple iPad mini Retina
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1724 Points ∼28% +131%
Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1627 Points ∼5%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2283 Points ∼7% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4507 Points ∼14% +177%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
3839 Points ∼12% +136%
Apple iPad mini Retina
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5139 Points ∼16% +216%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1277 ms * ∼32%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1444.1 ms * ∼36% -13%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1104.6 ms * ∼27% +14%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
563.9 ms * ∼14% +56%
Apple iPad mini Retina
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
271.8 ms * ∼7% +79%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
202 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
360 Points ∼16% +78%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
307 Points ∼13% +52%
Apple iPad mini Retina
PowerVR G6430, A7, 16 GB eMMC Flash
519 Points ∼23% +157%

* ... smaller is better

Flash memory of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is 16 GB, but only 12 GB are available after a first boot. The memory can be upgraded by up to 32 GB through MicroSD. Apps can also be stored on the memory card (App2SD).

Speed of the flash memory is, however, very slow and falls even behind the MediaPad M1.

AndroBench 3
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.78 MB/s ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.95 MB/s ∼2% +22%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
0.82 MB/s ∼2% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.49 MB/s ∼3% +91%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
1.33 MB/s ∼3% +71%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.62 MB/s ∼6%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.12 MB/s ∼7% +20%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
11.99 MB/s ∼9% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.48 MB/s ∼7% +24%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
16.52 MB/s ∼12% +117%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.26 MB/s ∼7%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.13 MB/s ∼8% +8%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
13.97 MB/s ∼9% +24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16.11 MB/s ∼10% +43%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
22.1 MB/s ∼14% +96%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
37.58 MB/s ∼8%
Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
38.74 MB/s ∼8% +3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
59.73 MB/s ∼12% +59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
93.3 MB/s ∼19% +148%
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB SSD
133.56 MB/s ∼27% +255%

Games

The integrated graphics unit ARM Mali-450 MP4 is a mid-range GPU. It can handle all Play Store games; however, more graphically intense games might have to be played with a reduced amount of details. The racing game Asphalt 8, for instance, only allows for average detail settings. Classics like Angry Birds do not cause any problems. 

The good touchscreen and the properly working sensors create a good overall Gaming experience. 

Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds Star Wars
Anomaly 2
Anomaly 2

Emissions

Wie wir testen - Emissionen

Temperature

Even in idle mode, the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 heats up and reaches surface temperatures of up to 36 °C (97 °F) on the front.

Under load, temperature increases noticeably and reaches values of up to 41 °C (106 °F). Despite its SoC, which is the weakest among the comparable tablets, the X1 is one of the warmest devices. The iPad Mini (max. 38.4 °C, 101 °F) and the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (max. 39.3 °C, 102 °F) remain slightly cooler. The HDX 7 (max. 41.6 °C, 107 °F) is on the same level, and the Nexus 7 even exceeds 45 °C (113 °F). 

Max. Load
 32.3 °C37.6 °C41 °C 
 31.9 °C33.6 °C40.1 °C 
 31.8 °C32.9 °C36.2 °C 
Maximum: 41 °C
Average: 35.3 °C
39.2 °C39.1 °C32.9 °C
36.1 °C35.5 °C32.8 °C
34.9 °C34.4 °C32.7 °C
Maximum: 39.2 °C
Average: 35.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49.8 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The mono speaker at the rear of the MediaPad X1 is not optimally positioned and can easily be covered by the hand when the tablet is held in landscape format. Sound pattern is relatively harmonious up to a volume of around 50%, although lows and basses are very weak, but highs are clearly transmitted. Sound seems hollow and lacks intensity. Therefore, it is a rather average output device, adequate for occasional use. The provided headset is significantly better, transmits sounds more clearly, and does not rely on an exaggerated bass. 

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is below its competitors due to its weaker hardware. The tablet needs between 1.0 and 3.3 Watts in idle mode. Under load, consumption increases to up to 6.5 Watts, which is relatively low. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (max. 10.4 Watts) and the iPad mini (max. 8.4 Watts) consume significantly more. Nevertheless, the X1 display seems to require a lot of power, considering that power consumption of the larger M1 (max. 5.1 Watts, IPS) is lower, despite the same hardware. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1 / 2.7 / 3.3 Watt
Load midlight 5.2 / 6.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 has a 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery. Combined with the low consumption, the result is an excellent battery life. Both maximum and minimum battery life are very good. Only the Nexus 7 manages to outperform the idling value and achieves a battery life of up to 44 hours.

Battery life can be best compared when we consider the tests at an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m². In these tests, the MediaPad X1 seems to be unrivaled. In the test "browsing via WLAN", only  Wi-Fi is activated and a browser script, which accesses a new website at 40 second intervals, is started. Over 14 hours is an excellent result that cannot be achieved by any of the competitors. The MediaPad X1 is followed by the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (11:42 h), which still lags two hours behind. The X1 is also excellent in terms of video playback.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
37h 08min
WiFi Surfing
14h 07min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 06min

Verdict

In review: Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0. Test model provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0. Test model provided by Huawei Germany.

The Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is a really good tablet with a great display, a slim and compact design and an enormous endurance. The in-house SoC, however, cannot convince within this price range. The competition offers significantly more performance for the same price. 

The test device also has a WWAN module, which does not only allow calling, but also Internet access through HSPA+ and LTE Cat. 4. Huawei could have also included a small tool to open the card slots. However, the included headset is surprisingly good. 

System performance is a major flaw, which is probably related to the hardware-intense UI. The manufacturer can definitely resolve the problem through an update. Similarly, a current Android version is preferable. Nevertheless, the MediaPad X1 is the right choice for people who like a good display and who do not want to charge their device every day.

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In Review: Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0. Test model provided by Huawei Germany.
In Review: Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0. Test model provided by Huawei Germany.

Specifications

Huawei MediaPad X1
Processor
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-450 MP4, Core: 533 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
, LPDDR3, 32 Bit, single channel
Display
7.0 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, 10 multi-touch points, LTPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11.83 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combined headphone and microphone jack , Card Reader: MicroSD till 32 GB, Sensors: approach, position, brightness and acceleration sensor, digital compass, DLNA, OTG, GPS, Glonass
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz (all FDD-LTE) as well as TDD-LTE with 2300 MHz), body SAR: 0.305 W/kg, head SAR: 1.51 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 183.5 x 103.9 ( = 0.3 x 7.22 x 4.09 in)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 5000 mAh, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 25 h
Operating System
Android 4.2
Camera
Webcam: 5 MP, main camera: 13 MP
Additional features
Speakers: one mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, adaptor, USB cable, quick guide, headset, phone manager, designs, Kingsoft Office, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
239 g ( = 8.43 oz / 0.53 pounds), Power Supply: 67 g ( = 2.36 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
399 Euro

 

A LTPS display is used for the MediaPad X1.
A LTPS display is used for the MediaPad X1.
The panel performs well in our test.
The panel performs well in our test.
It has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
It has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
The device is even for a 7-inch notebook very compact.
The device is even for a 7-inch notebook very compact.
The main camera has a resolution of up to 13 MP.
The main camera has a resolution of up to 13 MP.
The front camera also has a relatively high resolution of 5 MP.
The front camera also has a relatively high resolution of 5 MP.
MicroSD cards (SDHC) are supported.
MicroSD cards (SDHC) are supported.
A Micro-SIM card enables mobile internet.
A Micro-SIM card enables mobile internet.
Unfortunately, no tool to open the slots is provided.
Unfortunately, no tool to open the slots is provided.
The tablet also allows calling.
The tablet also allows calling.
Color temperature of the display can be adjusted.
Color temperature of the display can be adjusted.
Android 4.2.2 is slightly out-dated.
Android 4.2.2 is slightly out-dated.
Almost 12 GB memory are available.
Almost 12 GB memory are available.
GFX Bench
GFX Bench
Geekbench 3
Geekbench 3
AndEBench
AndEBench
Basemark X 1.1 (high quality)
Basemark X 1.1 (high quality)
Epic Citadel (high quality)
Epic Citadel (high quality)
Anomaly 2 Benchmark (high quality)
Anomaly 2 Benchmark (high quality)
3DMark
3DMark
Vellamo 3
Vellamo 3
Basemark OS II
Basemark OS II
AnTuTu v4
AnTuTu v4
Google Octane 2.0
Google Octane 2.0
Peacekeeper
Peacekeeper
WebXPRT 2013
WebXPRT 2013
NenaMark 2
NenaMark 2
Vellamo 3 (multicore)
Vellamo 3 (multicore)

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Great LTPS display
+Good outdoor properties
+Excellent battery life
+Decent main camera
+Good headset
+LTE Cat. 4
+Memory can be upgraded
 

Cons

-Lame memory
-Poor speaker
-Moderate system performance
-Old Android

Shortcut

What we like

Display and battery life are excellent. 

What we'd like to see

Huawei doesn't include a tool to open the card slots. If you don't have one, you have to resort to a clip or any other pointed object.

What surprises us

Huawei didn't integrate a more powerful SoC. Even though the X1 is a high-class tablet, its performance is rather poor.

The competition

The competitors are: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Apple iPad mini Retina, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Google Nexus 7 (2013).

Rating

Huawei MediaPad X1 - 08/28/2014 v4(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
67 / 80 → 84%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
49 / 66 → 74%
Weight
87 / 88 → 98%
Battery
95%
Display
87%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
31 / 76 → 41%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
69 / 85 → 81%
Average
73%
86%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Daniel Schmidt, 2014-09- 3 (Update: 2014-09-10)