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Another iPad 2 Rival: Huawei Launches 7-inch Honeycomb 3.2 Tablet

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has launched a new tablet called the Mediapad, the first device to sport Android Honeycomb 3.2, a sign perhaps that it is working very closely with Google on some products.

Honeycomb 3.2 doesn't officially exist according to Android's website, which is treating Honeycomb 3.1 as being "new" bearing in mind that the first Honeycomb product, the Motorola XOOM, was only launched earlier this year at CES.

Huawei told Engadget (opens in new tab) that the main difference between Honeycomb 3.2 and 3.1 is that the former will be aimed at 7-inch tablets which are growing in popularity.

It has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, a five-megapixel rear camera with AF and HD recording capabilities, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, 1080p full HD playback with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, a 7-inch IPS 1280x800 pixel screen resolution, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a six hour battery life and Flash 10.3 player.

At 10.5mm and 390g, it is thinner and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the tablet that brought this form factor into the limelight. Expect the MediaPad to be available in the UK before the end of the year.

Huawei's tablet will face the likes of the Andy Pad, the Galaxy Tab, the RIM Blackberry PlayBook and the HTC Flyer - this means that its success will depend a lot on its pricing, something that has yet to be announced.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.