Huawei, known for making the Three MiFi and cheap Android smartphones, is entering the UK tablet market with a 7-inch Honeycomb device that'll set you back around £330. But someone's screwed up in the marketing department.
The Huawei MediaPad comes packing some decent-ish specs for your money. It's got a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip, which Huawei seems to think Intel has a hand in with their "Qualcomm Core 2 Quad" chip image. That said the tablet has a 7-inch 1280x800 IPS screen, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and HDMI for media duties included for good measure. The slate also wields two shooters, one 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calls.
The tablet was originally launched in the US in June as the 'world's first 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet', but over six-months later we'll be looking at a Q1 2012 arrival on our shores. Whether or not Huawei will bestow it with a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich at launch or soon after, there's no word. There's also no word on how much RAM this thing is equipped with, which could be a poor sign. We've seen how limited RAM can cripple an otherwise pretty decent Android tablet in the Archos G9. £330 may seems a little steep, but if they can get it down closer to the £200 mark, and get their specs straight, it might be a nice little budget couch surfer. [Huawei via TechRadar, Recombu]