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Pics Of Huawei iPad 2 Rival 4G Tablet Appear Online

Images of what appears to be the 7-inch Huawei Mediapad tablet have beel leaked online, with the device expected to go on sale as a 4G model on T-Mobile in the US.

News website TMOnews (opens in new tab) says that the Mediapad 4G could be unveiled as early as next month at CTIA in the US.

The handset was originally announced back in June and is likely to go on sale worldwide towards the end of the year.

It was the first tablet to feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb and packs a 7-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a dual core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel rear camera, a five megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus and HD video capture, support for Flash 10.3 and a rather thick bezel.

Taken in isolation, the Huawei Mediapad represents a decent deal even if it costs $299 with a two year contract. But when the Amazon Kindle Fire is added to the equation, there's not much going for the former given that the Kindle will cost $199 without contract and will be the perfect companion for a 4G Wi-Fi dongle. Still, Huawei may decide to sell the Mediapad at cost price to grab market share instead.

Désiré Athow

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.