Huawei MediaPad to begin shipping with Android 4

Allen Phoenix
Huawei has yet to release their breakthrough product in the US market, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing their quest to deliver relevant Android products in a fashionable way.

Huawei has yet to release their breakthrough product in the US market, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing their quest to deliver relevant Android products in a fashionable way. Just take the MediaPad for example. Originally launched in June of 2011, it was the first 7-inch tablet to deliver Android 3, Honeycomb, and looked good doing it. Huawei wants to carry on this tradition. So starting this quarter, the comapny will start shipping the original MediaPad with Android 4, and debut their new MediaPad Color Series.

Huawei realizes that being first to market with a new version of Android is important to consumers. They leaned heavily on the fact that the MediaPad was the fist 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, and they’re doing it again with Android 4. Anytime in the next couple months now, if you were to buy an original MediaPad, it would come pre-loaded with Android 4. And if you own an existing MediaPad, you can expect an OTA update sometime this quarter as well. If that doesn’t entice you to give a Huawei tablet a shot, maybe their new line of colored MediaPads will.

There’s not a whole lot to report on the MediaPad Color Series, as they’re essentially just colored MediaPads. The only real standout difference between the original MediaPad and its shadow black, classic brown and passion pink siblings is that the Color Series will come with Android 3.2.

Though the MediaPad never sold like crazy, it wasn’t because of what the tablet brought to the table. The dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor was more than enough to get the job done when it was first released (it still is for that matter), and 1280 x 800 7-inch display is still impressive by today’s measures. It was price that killed the MediaPad, with the T-Mobile Huawei Springboard variant priced at $430 off-contract. Hopefully, Huawei can get it right with this next round of updates and their Color Series.

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