IFA 2012: Huawei starts shipping 10in MediaPad, announces 7in MediaPad Lite and Android 4.0 ICS phone duo

Huawei has used the occasion of IFA 2012 to announce that its MediaPad 10 tablet will begin global shipments this month.

The MediaPad 10 features a 10.1in, 1,920 x 1,200 HD IPS display. It has an 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera that records 1080p HD video, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one.

The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.4GHz quad-core A9 processor, and a 16-core GPU. Huawei promised up to 10 hours of battery life.

With an optional keyboard add-on, the MediaPad 10 becomes an ultrabook, Huawei said.

The tablet is available now in China, and will begin shipping to Germany, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Korea, Bahrain, and Kuwait in September, with other markets to follow. Pricing was not revealed.

The original, 7in MediaPad made its debut last year, while the MediaPad 10 was introduced at Mobile World Congress in February.

Huawei is not leaving the 7in form factor behind, however. The company also released the MediaPad 7 Lite on Friday. The 7in tablet also runs Android ICS, and boasts a 1,024 x 600 display and a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 chip. Huawei said the MediaPad 7 Lite also includes 3G cellular voice functionality.

On the smartphone front, meanwhile, Huawei unveiled the Ascend G600, a 4.5in device running Android ICS and a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU. The Ascend G600 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 960 x 540 pixel resolution.

The G600 will go on sale in Europe some time this month, though an exact UK release date has not been finalised.