Back in 2012, I suggested that for some, a tablet may replace a smartphone within the next few years. Fast forward to present day and Huawei is thinking the same: The company introduced a 7-inch tablet with cellular voice capabilities alongside its Android Wear smartwatch that was leaked before the Mobile World Congress event, which kicks off today.
Huawei already sells a large phone direct to consumers in the U.S.: You can buy the Ascend Mate2 with its 6.1-inch display for $299.99 off contract. The new MediaPad X2 brings the screen size to a full 7-inches with 1920 x 1200 resolution for a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. Huawei says it’s keeping the overall size of the X2 down with an 80 percent screen to body ratio and 7.28 millimeter thickness. The 5,000mAh battery should easily last a day, if not two, between charges.
Inside is the company’s own 64-bit chipset, an eight-core 2.0GHz Kirin 930 paired with Mali T628 GPU and Cat6 LTE radio capable of 300Mbps download speeds. A 13-Megapixel camera adorns the rear, while the front of the X2 has a wide-angle 22mm lens and 5MP sensor.
The device runs Google Android 5.0 software with Huawei’s own software called EMUI. The base model includes 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM and Huawei will offer a second edition with double the storage and 3GB of memory. Huawei says pricing and availability will vary by region with more details to follow.
Also coming soon at an undisclosed price is the metal Huawei Watch running Google’s Android Wear software. It looks like other circular watches that have recently hit the market but Huawei is boasting a higher pixel density: The round 1.4-inch AMOLED screen has a 400 x 400 resolution. The touchscreen is covered with a sapphire crystal and overall, the device looks like a classic metal watch.
Like most Android Wear devices, the Huawei Watch has a bevy of sensors inside: 6-axis gyroscope, barometer, and optical heart-rate monitor. Outside, the case is made from 316L corrosive-resistant, cold-forged stainless steel.
While the watch looks nice, there are already several similar options available to consumers. I’m more interested to see if consumers adopt the MediaPad X2 as a replacement for both a phone and a tablet.
The X2 should work fine for the latter use; I’ve happily carried and used a 7-inch slate in the past, although I wouldn’t use it for a full-time productivity device. You probably can’t put the X2 in your pocket like you can with most phones though, and that could be a challenge for potential buyers. Still, color me intrigued.