The Huawei MediaPad X2 Takes the Term 'Phablet' to a Whole New Level

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's no secret that our phones have been getting bigger over the last few years, but there should be a point where enough is enough. With Huawei announcing the 7-inch MediaPad X2 smartphone, that point is now. Please don't let phones with 7-inch displays become a thing.

The MediaPad X2 is a sequel to last year's MediaPad X1, another 7-inch tablet that also doubles as a phone. I understand the appeal of having a larger phone (my big fat thumbs appreciate the larger keys), but I hope I'm not the only one who thinks that a 7-inch phone is unnecessarily big. Not to mention the fact that it probably won't fit in your pocket, and you'd look completely ridiculous answering a call without the aid of a headset.

From a tablet standpoint, the MediaPad X2 isn't all that bad. It's got a 2GHz/1.5GHz octa-core processor, a 1,920 x 1,200  resolution display, 4G, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear camera. Two models are available, one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and the other with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

Barring the fact that it shouldn't be socially acceptable for people to take photos on their tablets, those specs aren't too bad. I just can't shake the feeling that someone, somewhere, will use it as their main phone.

Huawei has yet to announce pricing or availability, but it's expected to be a similar price to the MediaPad X1, which costs around £300. [Engadget]