As is well acknowledged, Huawei is noteworthy for its smartphones, but that didn’t stop the MediaPad X1 tablet from stealing the limelight at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) press conference. Technically, it is an Android phone with a large 7-inch display, but Huawei is determined to make a big deal about it, marketing it as a device combining both phones and tablets functionalities. Actually, this is not a novelty, since we’ve seen Sony (Z Ultra) and Samsung(Galaxy Mega) do it before, and now it’s Huawei’s turn.
To begin with the design, the MediaPad X1 is really a gigantic (measures 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.18mm) device, however, it fits comfortably in a pocket or on hand without having to stretch your fingers. Have to admit that, the MediaPad X1 boats a gorgeous design and is considered to be one of the best looking small tablets available currently. Besides, it is of 7.18mm-thick, thinner than both Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina Display and Google’s Nexus 7, making it the “slimmest tablet in the world”, said Huawei. When comes to the display, the MediaPad X1 doesn’t let its fans down by offering an impressive 1200 x 1920 pixels. Honestly, the image looks absolutely great to the eyes. Remarkably, the MediaPad X1 display is able to output 515 nits, which’s bright enough to handle the sunny days outside – really something that most tablets can’t catch up with.
On the inside, the performance of Huawei MediaPad X1 is similar to that of the Nexus 7. It sports a a relatively unknown Kirin 910 1.6 GHz quad-core processor which promises a smooth running all the time. Although it’s not as snappy as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 that we usually find in a device like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, there is not any problem for the X1 to cope with the intensive games like Real Racing 3 smoothly.
As to the software, it seems everything just works as greatly as expected. As most of Android phones that run Jelly Bean, the MediaPad X1 launches on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean underneath. Some fans are expecting that the X1 will have an update to Android 4.4 KitKat in the future. However, one of the fly in the ointment is the X1′s custom Android skin (also known as Emotion UI) which places all of the apps on multiple home screens, making it feels much cluttered. The truth is, Huawei plans to differentiate the X1 from most of other Android phones as well as adding a dissimilar experience by the Emotion UI, but still, lots of people think it takes things a little too far.
Finally comes the camera, Huawei took a slightly odd move of fitting a 13-megapixel Sony EXMOR RS back side illuminated (BSI) rear camera and 5-megapixel front sensor on the MediaPad X1. As Huawei declared, “we are committed in delivering a strong camera experience and hope it will appeal to the fans of selfie photos.” Additionally, many clever shooting options are available for choices, with easy access to things like HDR mode, subject tracking, control over the ISO, video stabilization and so on.
Final words, the MediaPad X1 is Huawei’s thinnest and lightest tablet which is also a smartphone with the world’s largest display. It comes with some great features. Although the Android version it runs is outdated and the Emotion UI doesn’t appeal to some people, it is somehow a worthy trying device packing great display, premium quality build and design.