Huawei reveals the MediaPad X1 at MWC – a 7-inch tablet that can make phone calls

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I don’t understand why you need a 7-inch tablet that is able to make phone calls, but Huawei thinks there is a new market for that sort of thing. The Chinese electronics maker has revealed at Mobile World Congress the MediaPad X1 – which combines “the functionality of smartphone and tablet” in one device.

Again, I question why. But hey, there’s a reason why I am a blogger sitting in Melbourne and not in Barcelona.

The X1 features a 7-inch display with a pixel density of 323ppi and is protected by Gorilla Glass. Internal hardware specs include a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 4G LTE support. It also comes with a microSD card slot, and runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.

The design looks very similar to the iPhone 5 with its two-shade design – except being much bigger given the screen size. However, there is no denying that the phone is lightweight and thin – thanks to its aluminium magnesium alloy unibody. The tablet measures at 239g and is only 7.18mm thick. In comparison, the iPad Mini is 339g and is 7.5mm thick – and that’s the Wi-Fi only version.

It will come in black, white, ‘champagne’ and pink. No word on Australian availability and pricing; but Huawei says that it should be in China, Russia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East by March 2014 with a price of EUR 399 (AUD$611.49).