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Huawei officially launches MediaPad 7 Youth, a 7in Full HD Android tablet that also makes calls

Chinese tech firm Huawei has announced the release of a new full HD 7in Android tablet that can also make phone calls.

Branded the MediaPad 7 Youth, and slated as "the perfect portable companion for the connected generation to enjoy their independence," it looks like the device is aimed at the lower end consumer market, although the price is yet to be revealed.

Running on Android 4.1 (opens in new tab)and offering all the normal tablet functions, as well as voice calling, SMS and MMS, it seems the MediaPad 7 Youth will be one of the largest 'phablets' available, although this is not what that company is marketing it as.

The device represents the latest addition to Huawei's MediaPad range, and has a aluminium metal unibody, is 9.9mm thick and weighs 350g.

The display offers 1080p full HD video playback and a 10 point touch screen. It will run on a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and have a "powerful" GPU. RAM and internal storage have not been detailed.

Huawei say the device will have a two week battery life on standby, but haven't specified how long that will give when using it.

"The MediaPad 7 Youth is a versatile tablet that provides an unsurpassed experience across hardware and software," said Wang Yinfeng, vice president at Huawei Device.

"Ideal for young people who are always on the move, the MediaPad 7 Youth delivers on Huawei's promise to make extraordinary technology experiences accessible for all."

The MediaPad 7 Youth will be available in Europe, Russia, China, Asia Pacific and Middle East in Q3.

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