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Huawei’s new MediaPad Android tablet launching in the UK

Budget gadget experts Huawei have officially announced a new line of Android devices that will be hitting the UK in time for Christmas and the New Year, to give buyers an alternative to the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Heading up the bill is the Huawei MediaPad – a high-spec, low-budget Android Honeycomb tablet. In fact, we first heard of the MediaPad back in June when it was the first ever Android tablet to run the very newest version of Honeycomb, 3.2. It has been on sale in the states since around that time, and has only just now made it across the pond.

The MediaPad boasts the sort of specifications you’ve seen on devices from big name brands already, such as a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor from Qualcomm, the latest Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system and a 7-inch IPS screen with capacitive touchscreen support – similar to the Apple iPad.

Also onboard are rear and front cameras, which are 1.3-Megapixels and 5-Megapixels respectively. The tablet features a HDMI-out socket for HDTV connectivity and video playback, and should keep going for around 6-7 hours before needing a recharge.

The MediaPad will hit UK shelves early in 2012 with a very reasonable price tag of £275 plus VAT for the Wi-Fi only model.

Visionary

As well as the MediaPad, Huawei also announced a new Android smartphone for UK customers to get their hands on. The Huawei Vision is an Android Gingerbread smartphone with 3D features and much more.

Inside the Vision lies a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 5-Megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. The handset is pretty lightweight and sleek, weighing in at just 121g with a profile of 9.9mm thickness.

Huawei have designed a pretty funky 3D carousel interface for the handset, though that’s as far as the 3D goes – it’s merely an effect, though it does look pretty darn cool.

You’ll be able to pick up the Huawei Vision for free on contracts of £25 per month and up as of December, with Phones4U being the first UK retailer to confirm they will be stocking the phone.

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