At the Mobile World Congress this week, Chinese telecoms specialist Huawei introduced several new products including a range of Android smartphones, one of which is the world's first HSPA+ Android 2.1 smartphone (the U8800) with download speeds up to 14Mbps.
But perhaps of more interest to us here at Pocketables is the company's SmaKit S7 Android tablet MID. Full specifications for the attractive 7-inch WVGA touch screen tablet have not been released, but in the press release, Huawei has mentioned some interesting capabilities including information sharing across screens/devices, allowing the same content to be simultaneously shown on TVs, mobile phones, and computers, for example.
Other features mentioned include easy access to local information through social networking apps, widgets, and shopping via online application stores. The SmaKit S7 will also simply integrate into the home by being easily linkable with the home gateway, TV, and Android handsets, which seems to imply a selection of docking accessories to meet users' needs.
It's hard to draw any conclusions without information regarding specifications, price, or availability, but the S7 still looks to be a competitive entry into the Android tablet ranks. Time will tell if it turns out to be among the top devices or not.[What Mobile via Ubergizmo]
Update 02-22-2010: We've found a short video of the Huawei SmaKit S7 from midbbs.cn. The video doesn't really show us anything we didn't already know, but gives a better idea of the design and size of the tablet, as well as a look at the UI in action. Check it out below!
Update 02-23-2010: Another day and yet another new video of the SmaKit S7! This time Charbax of ARM Devices interviews a Huawei representative who demonstrates the S7, its Android interface and features. The detailed interview covers some new information including the tablet's custom home screen, impressive media capabilities, and full phone functionality. We also learn that the S7 is currently running Android 1.6, but will probably be shipping with 2.1 when it hits the shelves around the middle of this year. Watch the full video for all the details.