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Huawei MediaPad: A comparative look at the latest tablet


On June 20, 2011, Huawei Technologies released the Huawei MediaPad at ‘CommunicAsia 2011′ in Singapore. The release of this new tablet made me raise the question on the necessity of tablets in a world where more advanced and innovative laptops and smart phones offer a plethora of features to consumers. The answer to this question is that tablets fill the gap in the electronic market between laptops and smart phones or other hand-held gadgets. The tablet market emerged as a result of the advantages of a device that can function in between a laptop and a smart phone. Tablets are thin and lightweight, similar to hand-held devices, yet they do not rely on outside hardware to connect to the internet.

 

The tablet market is quickly expanding, which raises the next question: which tablet should one purchase? The  players in the current market include the Apple iPad and iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy (Latest 10.1), Blackberry RIM’s playbook, 10-inch dual-core HP Touchpad, Motorola Xoom, HTC tablet, Acer tablet, and etc. According to the trends, the Android market is hot and unstoppable, with innovations being made on a daily basis. Huawei’s recent release of its MediaPad, the world’s first 7-inch Andriod 3.2 Tablet with a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm CPU, continues to push the innovation boundaries in the Tablet market.

The Huawei MediaPad is an upgraded model of the previous tablets, the Huawei Ideos S7 Slim and S7 Pro. Both of the earlier models of the Huawei Tablets greatly contributed to the development of the Andriod market with a focus on affordability and a high-quality operating system.

All three Huawei tablets come with 7-inch capacitive touch-screen displays powered with the Android operating system.

The Huwaei Ideos S7 Slim is the cheapest android tablet available in the market, avaliable for approximately $300 USD. The S7 Slim tablet offers the following features:  a 7-inch capacitive touch-screen display, 800×480-pixel resolution, the Android version 2.2 operating system, a slightly customized UI and a 1Ghz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It also has dual front-facing and rear-facing cameras, a micro SD card slot for expanding the storage capacity, USB 2.0 ports, mini HDMI port for connecting large LCD’s, HSPA connectivity, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS.

Running the most powerful 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Huwaei S7 Pro is the high-end version of the S7 Slim. It features a 7-inch capacitive touch-screen display with 1280×720-pixel resolution, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (not the newer Android 2.4 Gingerbread found on the new HTC Flyer), and has both front and rear cameras. The S7 Pro also includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSPA+ 3G connectivity, micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI output, micro SD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.

 

In comparison to Huawei’s previous two tablets, Huawei’s 7-inch MediaPad is the world’s first Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) tablet. The MediPad is a dual core tablet packed with a Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual core processor. Ultimately, this ultra-light and compact tablet is excellent for experiencing multimedia. Sleek and stylish, the MediaPad is one of the thinnest (10.5 mm) and lightest (390 g) tablets in the market. This new tablet is a powerhouse with lightening-fast connectivity through HSPA+14.4 Mbps, Wi-Fi 11n, and 3G capabilities to keep you connected. The MediaPad also has dual cameras with a rear 5 MP camera that is capable of recording HD videos, and has auto-focusing and digital-zooming features. Users can playback HD videos in 1080p on this tablet and take advantage of its 1.3 MP front camera. The MediaPad also has HDMI capabilities to playback 1080p HD videos on external screens instantly; however, there is no on-board HDMI port and it requires an adapter.

One distinctive feature of MediaPad is its ability to provide cloud-based computing on the internet through  granting access  to Huawei Device’s Hi-Space . “The MediaPad opens up new worlds of entertainment for consumers by removing the barriers to tablet ownership, enabling access to a truly high-quality mobile entertainment experience fully integrated with cloud-based internet content,” said Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device.  Analysts suggest Huawei Hispace has a early edge over the iCloud market, which will be a major competitive advantage for Huawei, relating to its Media Pad users.

The MediaPad a 7-inch IPS LCD highly capacitive touch screen that provides a vivid resolution (217 pixels per inch). MediaPad supports Flash 10.3 and is equipped with a powerful Li-ion battery (4100mAh) that provides nonstop entertainment for up to six hours.

Although the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.0 each have unique features, the Huawei MediaPad is the world’s fastest and lightest tablet, featuring a 1.2 GHz Dual core and weighing just 390 grams. Tech experts suggest the market must decide, making consumers the determining factor for success once again.

Apple iOS vs Andriod OS  Market Share up to June2011.

The above graph depicts the strong market position of the Android Operating System, which is followed by the Apple iOS.

Comparison of Specifications

Huawei MediaPad vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Operating system Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Platform Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.1) Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
UI Android UI Apple TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI
Browser Android webkit, full HTML Apple Safari Android WebKit
Java/Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Player 10.3 Nitro JavaScript engine/No Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Player 10.2
Processor Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Model Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-core Apple A5 Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core
Speed 1.2 GHz Dual core 1 GHz 1 GHz Dual Core
Memory Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Included 8 GB 16GB/32GB/64GB 16 GB/32 GB
Expansion Up to 32GB with microSD card(SD 2.0) NO No card slot; expansion only through optional SD card adapter
Camera Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Resolution 5 MP 0.7-megapixel 3 MP
Flash NO LED
Focus Zoom Auto ,Digital Auto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom Auto Focus, Digital zoom
Video Capture 720p HD HD 720p@30fps HD 720p@30fps
Secondary camera 1.3 MP VGA 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor 2MP,Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Display Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Size 7 in LCD capacitive multi touch 9.7 10.1 Inches
Resolution WSVGA 1024×768 pixels WXGA 1280 x 800
Features Capacitive Multi-touch IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated, 16M colors Multi-touch Zoom
Sensors Light sensor, Gravity sensor 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Design Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Form Factor Slate Slate Slate
Keyboard On screen virtual Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard
Dimension 10.5mm (0.34 in) thickness 241.2×185.7×8.8 mm 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm
Weight 390g (0.86lbs) 613 g (1.35 lbs) 565g
Body Color Black with aluminum case Black, White Black, Metallic gray
Battery Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Type Capacity Li-ion Polymer, 4100 mAh Li-Polymer 7000 mAh
Talk time 6 Hours Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G) 9 Hours
Standby More than 1 Month Up to 1500 Hours
Mail & Messaging Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Mail Email, Gmail General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync Integrated E-Mail Gmail, MS Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4
Messaging SMS, MMS,IM(Google talk) Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat IM (GoogleTalk with Video chat), Beluga Facebook IM
Network Support Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
2G/3G GSM, GPRS, EDGE / WCDMA, HSUPA(5.76bps),HSDPA(14.4Mbps) UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE EDGE, GPRS/HSUPA 5.76Mbps
4G NO NO HSPA+21Mbps
Connectivity Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot No YES
Bluetooth v2.1+EDR 2.1+EDR v 3.0
USB v2.0 Micro USB YES 2.0
HDMI YES(1080p) Compatible (1080p HD),connect through Appledigital AV adapter Supports up to 1080p,no port – connection    through optional HDMI adapter
DLNA AllShare DLNA
Applications Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Apps Android Market, GoogleMobile service Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2 Android Market, Google Mobile Service, Samsung App
Social Networks Facebook, Twitter, Friend Stream, You tube, Flickr Facebook, Vimeo,Twitter, Linkedin Facebook,Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin
Voice Calling Skype,Viber,Vonage Skype,Viber,Vonage
Video Calling Skype,Tango Skype,Tango,QiK
Featured Documents to Go, Hispace cloud solution iBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth Google Talk with Video chat, ThinkFree Office Mobile, AllShare
Entertainment Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Audio Dual surround sound speaker Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV Dual surround sound speaker, Music  Player support MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
Video MPEG4, H.263, H.264 Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG Video Player support DivX, Xvid, MPEG4/ H263/ H264, WMV9, VP8
Gaming Lets Golf 2 Game Center Game Hub, Tegra zone
Location Service Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Maps Google Maps Google Maps
GPS A-GPS A-GPS
Business Mobility Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Remote VPN CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper         JunOS Pulse CISCO AnyConnect SSL VPN
Corporate Mail Yes with CISCO Mobile Exchange ActiveSync (POP/IMAP4)
Corporate Directory Yes with CISCO Mobile Yes with CISCO Jabber
Video Conferencing CISCO Mobile,WebEx CISCO Mobile,WebEx
Security Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe, Password Protected Screen Yes with 3rd party application like      Lookout
Pricing Huawei MediaPad Apple  iPad 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1
$499 and up $499 and up $499 and up

 

 

 

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Gurpreet is a writer and technical communicator committed to the tech industry. Once a creative entrepreneur, he is the co-founder and Director of Neos Merchants Private Limited, and also holds the position of Independent Director at Nebero Systems Private Limted. Currently he sits on the board of Nebero Systems Private Limted. Gurpreet is also serving as the Chief Representative and Country head at the Great Wall Club (GWC) for the Indian Market. He is also responsible for International Business development focused on I-SEA at GWC.