Huawei unveils 8in full-HD MediaPad M1

Huawei has debuted its latest Android tablet offering in the shape of the 8in MediaPad M1 that will be pitched against a glut of competitors at a similar size and price when released in the UK later this month.

The slate promises to deliver “outstanding visual and audio entertainment anywhere, anytime” through a full HD screen and a set of surround sound front speakers.

“We are really excited to be launching the Huawei MediaPad M1 which is an outstanding tablet designed with entertainment and infotainment in mind. Its superior 8-inch screen, LTE connectivity, ultra-slim design and affordable price tag make it a desirable tablet for the masses,” commented Mark Mitchinson, executive VP at Huawei UK.

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When it comes to the specification it has an 8in 1080p screen with a pair of front-facing DTS surround sound speakers and the release states that the LTE Cat4-enabled device can download a 1GB movie in just one minute using speeds of up to 150Mbps.

Under the hood there is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor that is supplemented by a weighty 4,800mAh battery that can support up to eight hours of video playback on a single charge.

Camera-wise it has a 5-megapixel main lens on the back and a 1-megapixel snapper on the front side that makes it a good device for making video calls and taking photos.

The sleek metallic aluminium body is just 7.9mm deep and it has already been confirmed that the Steel Grey colourway will be sold by O2 at £24-per-month and the Carphone Warehouse for the low price of £20-per-month.

Huawei’s last release was the Ascend P7 smartphone last month that received lavish praise for its neat handset designed and attractive Android skinned UI, with ITProPortal.com’s review awarding it 4.5 stars out of five.