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Huawei unleashes 7in MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet with phone functionality

Huawei has unveiled a new, 7in tablet that can be used to make phone calls.

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue includes "a built-in receiver for direct calling capabilities that remove the need for headphones," according to the company - if you don't feel silly holding a 7in tablet up to or in front of your face.

The MediaPad 7 runs a 1.2-GHz processor and 16-core GPU. The 7in touchscreen features a 1,024 x 600 display. At this point, it only runs Android 4.1 and comes pre-loaded with Facebook, YouTube, GPS navigation, Huawei's Emotion UI 1.5 skin, email and word processing apps.

Huawei said consumers can hook up the MediaPad 7 to accessories like external keyboards, mice, and USB drives, while the gadget also supports Bluetooth. It can connect to Wi-Fi or 3G/DC-HSPA+.

"Building on the popularity of the Huawei MediaPad series, we've created a new tablet that caters to fashionistas, technology seekers, entertainment junkies, and people who simply expect more from their technology," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in a statement. "We're delighted to introduce the MediaPad 7 Vogue, our call-enabled tablet with world-class entertainment capabilities and long-lasting battery power."

Huawei said users can expect playback of four HD movies or more than 20 hours of continuous calling on one battery charge.

The MediaPad 7 Vogue will debut in China this month, in black and white. Huawei said that "other markets" will follow, but has not yet elaborated.

Huawei unveiled the MediaPad, its first 7in tablet, two years ago. A 10in version was announced last year.