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Huawei announces the MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet

The new tablet will feature voice calling and 3G support

While officially selling as a tablet, Huawei's newest mobile device offers full voice calling capabilities similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. While not always clear, the unofficial line between phablet smartphones and tablets with voice calling seems to be at the 7-inch screen mark. Devices such as Sony's Xperia Z Ultra (now expected to be released June 25th) avoid the tablet category by coming in with comparatively smaller screens (6.4 inches in the Ultra's case).

The MediaPad 7 Vogue has a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 4100 mAh battery that allows for up to 20 hours of continuous calling or watching four HD movies, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS screen, and runs on Android 4.1. Connectivity options include 3G, 802.11b/g/n wifi, and a Micro USB port.

While undeniably large, Huawei is trying to make their new product portable by cutting down on thickness and weight. The Vogue is only 9.5 mm thick (0.37 inches) and weighs 335 grams (0.74 pounds).

White and black models of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue will be available in China sometime this month with other countries to follow. Prices have not yet been announced.

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Craig Munro, 2013-06-24 (Update: 2013-06-24)