Huawei Mediapad will be the world’s first Android 3.2 tablet

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Huawei has released information about their new Mediapad 7-inch Android tablet, and one of the new bits of information is that it will run Android 3.2. According to Huawei that simply means Android 3.1 optimized for 7-inch devices, and that would fit somewhat with the rumors that Honeycomb doesn’t work on 7-inch screens. If Engadget is right about the screen being 217 PPI that means it has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which would further support the theory that Honeycomb doesn’t work on lower resolution displays (7-inch tablets are normally 1024 x 600 pixels). “Optimized for 7-inch” is then likely to mean larger interface items in order to make buttons etc the same size as on 10.1-inch devices despite the smaller screen size.

As for the rest of the specs, the tablet has a 1.2 GHz dual core CPU, two cameras, GPS, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot and 3G. It will launch in Q3 for an unknown price so it might not be alone in its segment by then, but at least it’s the first Honeycomb-based 7-inch tablet that has been officially announced.

 

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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