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Huawei MediaPad X1 takes on Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD


Chinese manufacturer Huawei has launched its 7-inch MediaPad X1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Most people would place a 7-inch model in the tablet bracket but given that the MediaPad X1 offers full phone functionality, it can arguably be justified that Huawei gives it the "phablet" label.

The camera specification is closer to a phone than a tablet, too. The Huawei comes with a 13MP Sony Exmor R BSI sensor in the rear camera and a 5MP front-unit. Imaging features include panorama shooting, 10-level auto-facial enhancement and voice-activated capture. 

Both design and specification indicate the MediaPad X1 is competing in the high-end bracket of the market. The 7-inch 1200 x 1920 LTPS display is framed by a very thin bezel, giving the device a premium look. According to Huawei the screen-to-body ratio is an unusually high 80%. At 7.18mm the X1 is very thin and weighs only 239 grams. 

Things look promising under the hood, too. Android 4.2.2 is powered by a Huawei-made 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Huawei claims the 5000 mAh battery allows for five full days of continuous use. On the spec sheet the MediaPad X1 certainly looks good and could be a good alternative to devices such as Google's Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD or the iPad Mini, especially for those users who want phone capability and a high-resolution camera in a 7-inch device. The Huawei MediaPad X1 will be available in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America in March 2014.

Apart from the MediaPad X1 Huawei also launched the TalkBand B1. It's Huawei's contribution to the wearables craze and connects to the MediaPad and other compatible devices via NFC and Bluetooth. The Media MediaPad M1 is a lower-spec 8-inch "phablet" with a 800 x 1280 HD IPS display and a 5MP rear camera. 

The Huawei MediaPad X1 features a sleek design.
It comes in black or white.


  • Huawei V9R1 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • 7-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD screen
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage, microSD, up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • NFC
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery



Total comments: 12
Sasha SWIM

I have one and it's only drawbacks to me were that:
1- I'm accustomed to iOS and am finding Android less intuitive.
2- neither Windows 7 nor OS X recognize it.
3- There are not many accessories available for it.

However, to be fai:
1- Battery life is simply amazing.
2- On paper the specifications are fantastic.
3- It is fun and inexpensive when comparing it objectively.
(By inexpensive I do not in anyway mean cheap, it is nice!)


I'll take this for the price of a nexus 7


It has an outdated version of android and a processor that no one knows any details of. The Camera is likely better as the N7 camera and it has an SD card slot.

I would consider waiting for valid test results but it's not a no brainer yet.

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"a processor that no one knows any details of. "

You don't know, and you assume it's not good, how logical.

Sasha SWIM

Good point fotokeena. BarnET, I do not think that you looked very hard before declaring that: "It has an outdated version of Android on it and a processor that no one knows the details of."

1- I believe that even one that rolled off of the assembly line on day one could simply have its OS updated easily enough.

2- 1 minute online yeilded copious amounts of data on the processor, see the link below or better yet look online for yourself.

3- I'm just pointing out facts, no malintent.

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I wonder why there are no tablets with matte screen?

The glare and reflections are really really annoying. After trying several tablets for the casual tasks (web, video) for couple of days, I have simply given up on the whole "tablet" idea.

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Indeed, I miss the matte screens too. During my last summer vacation (sunny!) I had a retina display china clone. Of course it was sharp, but this I could only see inside of our appartment. Sitting on the terrace was a pain. For the next summer i bought a Samsung ultrabook instead. It is lacking the resolution but it is matte and ultrabright. There are simply no matte tablets, phablets or smartphones.

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If you want a matte screen on a tablet then you can buy a matte screen protector.

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No, you cannot: Of course I have bought many of them. The best so far was a special folia attached by a professional service for $ 100 for a notebook. But generally for me the losses in clarity are to great with this aftermarket solutions. Unfortunately desktop monitor matte quality is something of the good old days. At least for most of the current mobile things.


DPR, the link from main dpreview page to this article is broken.


"five full days of continuous use"? What's their definition of "continuous use"? With the screen off 80% of the time?


Well, the phone functions continuously regardless whether the screen is on or off, and that is the important point. And if it lasts that long, it's significant for a device of this type.

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