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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Huawei Launches MediaPad Tablet

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has unveiled its MediaPad tablet in the UK, which features a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a dual core Qualcomm chipset clocked at 1.2GHz.

The tablet has 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card reader, can output to 1080p thanks to an HDMI port and weighs only 390g. Its battery can last up to six hours and it will come with a five-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel one as well.

The MediaPad comes with Facebook, Twitter, Let's Golf and Documents To Go preinstalled.

Two versions of the tablet will be available; an HSDPA+ model and a Wi-Fi only one. The tablet will be released in the UK next year for £330 and will be available both from retailers and mobile phone operators.

Huawei's VP for the UK and Ireland, Mark Mitchinson, says that the company is still in discussions with partners to determine who will carry the tablet.

At £330, the tablet will be as expensive as the Motorola XOOM 2 media edition, which comes with a bigger screen as well and twice the onboard storage plus guaranteed upgradability to Ice Cream Sandwich.

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.