MWC 2014: First Look at compact tablet Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0

MWC 2014: First Look at compact tablet Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0

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    Generally at MWC 2014 was so many things that the eyes diverge. Especially at the beginning – when you need to catch all the press conferences, sometimes even want to make a robot avatar to attend the events which take place simultaneously. At the same time you never know what is really worth to go and what you can skip – companies are trying to keep the intrigue last at least with respect to device specifications. Yes, and in fact not uniform specifications – the so-called look and feel depends almost more, but about him you do not know in advance. Say smartphones Alcatel usually unattractive in terms of features, but in reality are very pleasant. A ZTE device characteristics are very, very, only alive – boring.

    But sometimes it happens that like anything special you do not expect, at a press conference came more for show – and presented devices are downright uh what. So came to the event and the tablet Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0.

    shows it is behind the curtain, leaving traditionally the most delicious dessert. In this router, smart phone and tablet, presented to him, no special emotion did not cause – well, router, even with LTE Cat.6, which is still really nowhere (except perhaps that the center of Moscow), well, mid-end smartphone, well, 8 – inch tablet, which is at one and all. MediaPad X1 7.0 on their background seems to be just a work of art.

    ⇡ # Compact – the sister of talent

    First, it is the thinnest 7-inch tablet: its thickness is 7.18 mm. For comparison: iPad Mini has a thickness of 7.5 mm, and the second generation Nexus 7 – 8.4 mm. Secondly, it’s just very, very small: with maximum fine frame around the screen all its dimensions are 103.9 h183, 5 mm, ie he has a good inch Nexus 7 and more than half – shorter. And it is – for the same size screen. But most importantly, it greatly easier to all competitors – only 239 grams. Many modern phones weigh some particularly large.

    managed to achieve this by getting rid of a supporting metal frame, which is used in most modern tablets – it was replaced by a metal housing bearing, but very thin – only 0.6 mm. Now comes something like this in the automotive industry – say, Range Rover IV of Range Rover III differs primarily the lack of a frame and sagging due to it for a good one hundred and fifty pounds weight. In this case, unlike the Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0, presented at the same event, MediaPad X1 does not bend and does not creak – he really collected qualitatively. If you believe the slides Huawei, then go to monolithic design unframed allowed to win 0.5 mm in thickness and 10 grams of weight, and at the same time 14% increase in battery capacity.

    The second point related to the reduction of weight and dimensions – a record ratio of the area of ​​the screen and tablet, which at Huawei MediaPad X1 is 80%. Width of the frame on the sides of the screen – just 2.39 mm. This value is not some dream phone. Add a lot more places helped win tricky wiring harness from the sensor layer, which is called in Huawei Laser etching wire. In fact, used extremely thin and narrow trail, which runs along the side edge of the tablet and “metered” by a laser wire: wire thickness is 30 nm, the distance between the wires – also 30 nm. Such a loop of wire fit 30.

    In general, it seems that this year the war is not announced specifications Koreans who are now trying to take some other chips, and Chinese. And if we consider the 7-inch device, the Huawei elite troops simply left no chance to others.

    For example, take the screen. FullHD IPS-matrix in the 7-inch device – a phenomenon quite normal, though not universal. True, the MediaPad X1 used not FullHD, a 1920×1200 (pixel density – 323 pixels per inch), well no matter. What is important is that the alleged brightness is 515 cd/m2. At the same time about the contrast in Huawei modestly silent, and we have measured it is not yet, but she obviously turned high. Part of this, of course, achieved through technology CABC – Content Adaptive Brightness Control, simply put, dynamic brightness.


    Another interesting technology – LTPS, Low Temperature Poly-Silicon – actually used in the manufacture of the display. Matrix of low-temperature polysilicon industrial scale began to raise enough recently, and they have a bunch of advantages compared to conventional: high brightness and efficiency, smaller size, more vivid colors, faster response time.

    In Huawei took into account that the tablet with thin frame is not always convenient to use – thumb holding tablet hands climbs steadily on the screen. The Chinese tried to keep track of this finger and not taken into account in taking the readings from the sensor layer.

    ⇡ # New Fashion

    Or, for example, take the camera. Small and lightweight device is quite possible to take pictures, so the two chambers in the Huawei MediaPad X1 is quite appropriate. But earlier in the tablets did not put such cameras. Resolution is 13 megapixel main – is familiar BSI CMOS-sensor Sony, which is endowed with the optics f-number of 2.2, IR filter and 28mm. Needless to say, she is able to shoot FullHD-video, well, flash next to it too.

    front facing camera – but where do without it – the more surprising: its resolution is as much as 5 megapixels, and its optics boasts a focal length of 22 mm, 35 mm equivalent, ie, wide viewing angle, and the diaphragm F / 2, 4 and the same IR filter like core. Apparently in China very seriously the fact that the word Selfie recognized word 2013. Incidentally, the Huawei MediaPad X1 for this case has a special mode.

    What Huawei did not try to outdo everyone, so it is in power processor in MediaPad X1 installed system-on-chip Hisilicon Kirin 910. It announced not so long ago, 28-nm chip containing four processor core ARM Cortex-A9 and graphics Mali 450MP. To find out what lies behind the letters MP – bonding of four adapters or eight at once, go to the site Huawei – at the press conference did not tell. It is understandable why not tell: it MP4, that is not very-very high – it still happens Mali 450MP8.

    Known and frequency – maximum frequency of processor cores at 1.6 GHz, graphics – 650 MHz. All this is complemented by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of user – expandable with cards Micro SDHC.

    That is, the stars from the sky Huawei MediaPad X1 is not enough, but it is also a low-power can not be called. At least he did not brake when we first met. What else is interesting SoC Kirin 910, so it’s integrated LTE-module Cat4. Chase Cat6 in Huawei has not yet become, and not for what – theoretically possible speed and under Cat4 reach 150 Mbit / s. Itself, MediaPad X1 is able to share the Internet with other devices, that is able to work as a 4G-router. Huawei claims support as many as 16 frequency bands, including those that are relevant for Russia. From other wireless standards is worth noting Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, running at 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.

    This miracles do not end there. In 239 grams of weight Huawei engineers managed to cram a battery 5000 mAh (16.5 Wh, 3.7 V). Capacity for 7-inch device is not quite a record, but very impressive. At the press conference talked about the miraculous saving system developed by Huawei, which saves up to 30% charge, but in practice it within the exhibition did not check – can only believe in the word. Interestingly, using OTG-cable allows you to charge the tablet other electronics, say phone. That is the very fit 239 grams and more Power Bank.

    ⇡ # rings!

    Another interesting feature of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is that it … phone. Well, that is not, it is certainly still a tablet, but it may well serve as a phone – for this he has a voice speaker at the top and a pair of noise-canceling microphone, one above and the other below.

    Richard Yu, head of the consumer division Huawei, which, in fact, represented a tablet at MWC 2014, especially emphasized that MediaPad X1 and can be worn as a phone – in your pocket. And the show: “You see, MediaPad X1 fit in my pocket. And Give me iPad Mini! See – is not got. “

    It is understood that Huawei does not offer anyone and everyone to put your ear 7-inch spade. Much easier in this case to use a Bluetooth-headset. Huawei even introduced one at MWC – however, this is not an ordinary headset. TalkBand, as it is called Chinese – this silicone bracelet, which is inserted in the Bluetooth-headset with some additional features, turning it into the tracker activity.

    That is to say, with garniture perspective TalkBand B1 is a conventional Bluetooth-enabled device Bluetooth 4.1, NFC for quick connection, speaker and two microphones for noise suppression. But also has one built in black and white OLED-display and multiple sensors, looking for how much you sleep and how many go. Delivered with software that allows you to reduce the data into beautiful diagrams and compared with previous results.

    Finally – the price. In Europe, Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is estimated at 399 euros, which translated into English prices are likely to be about 20 thousand rubles (hopefully much more ruble falls). Headset bracelet TalkBand B1 get the price tag with the inscription 99 euros, or about 5000 rubles.

    ⇡ # There need more

    The main thing in Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 that all these tsiferki and features add up to a really very high quality device. Yours truly have never met such a lightweight and compact tablet which would at the same time it was so pleasant to hold. In Huawei took care not only about the specifications, but also as a body treatment, the correct rounding of corners and just about everything from what a person impression about the device.

    Qualitative bright screen, wireless connectivity, and an abundance of quite decent processor only complete the picture, making the tablet even more attractive. I’d like to believe that the MediaPad X1 7.0 really set new trends in tablet mode – very much he stands out with respect to the faceless masses of similar gadgets. These tablets should be – easy, convenient, truly mobile. We look forward to innovation in our test lab.

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