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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 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.