Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs quad-core chip, Android 4.1 and voice calling capabilitiesAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Remember the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue? This 7-inch aluminum Android slab first popped up on our radar way back in March thanks to a DLNA certification/leak combo that gave us a pretty good idea of what makes the MediaPad 7 Vogue tick. Today the Vogue has made its return to the news, but this time around it's appearing in a much more official manner.
Huawei today announced its new MediaPad 7 Vogue, a device that the company promises has "the perfect mix of functions from a tablet, smartphone and entertainment center." On the front of the MediaPad 7 Vogue is a 7-inch 1024x600 touchscreen and a 0.3-megapixel camera, and around back is a 3-megapixel shooter. Buried on the inside of the slate is a 1.2GHz quad-core Huawei K3V2, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot and 4,100mAh battery. The MediaPad 7 Vogue comes preinstalled with Android 4.1 and Huawei's custom Emotion UI 1.5 software.
In addition to all of those tablet-y features, Huawei has opted to include a built-in receiver with its 7-inch slab. That means that the MediaPad 7 Vogue features support for voice calling, SMS and MMS functionality, just like you'd expect from a phone. The MediaPad 7 Vogue's cellular functionality includes support for quad-band GSM and 900/2100MHz UMTS, and Huawei says that the device allows for 3G data connections of up to 42Mbps.
The aluminum unibody MediaPad 7 Vogue will be offered in both black and white varieties, with a Chinese launch planned for this month. Huawei is planning to roll the MediaPad 7 Vogue out to other markets later on, but the company hasn't said exactly where the slate is headed. The MediaPad 7 Vogue itself looks like a respectable addition to Huawei's MediaPad lineup, which has included the original MediaPad and the MediaPad 7 Lite, and the fact that it boasts calling and SMS capabilities mean that it could be an option for consumers that want to downsize their mobile load (and aren't afraid to carry a 7-inch phone in the process).