Huawei to ship MediaPad with Ice Cream Sandwich


Last summer, Chinese company Huawei was one of the first manufacturers to ship a device pre-loaded with Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The company will practice the same strategy in 2012 by shipping their new MediaPad tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Also, the existing models of MediaPad will receive an Android 4.0 update by the end of the first quarter, and new MediaPad tablets will come pre-loaded with the software beginning some time the first quarter. The tablet will be offered in the current color scheme, and will add shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink to the mix.

The MediaPad tablet features a 7-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display that supports 1080p full HD video playback, it’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and six hours of battery life.

Bellow is the company’s full press release:

Huawei’s MediaPad Now Comes with Android 4.0

Huawei also unveils new MediaPad color series, operating on Android 3.2

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei MediaPad is now one of the world’s first tablets to come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. First launched in June 2011, the original MediaPad was the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet. This latest version of the MediaPad once again provides users with the very latest Android experience, along with access to the newest and hottest services and apps available in the Android marketplace.

Huawei also unveiled its new MediaPad color series – fashionable MediaPads in three new colors: shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink and running on Android 3.2. Both MediaPad versions have a high-quality display, with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 217 PPI and supporting 1080P Full HD video playback. Additionally, they come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and have a battery capacity of six hours or more.

“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colorful MediaPad offers a personalized look without the need for an external case,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device. “With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”

Huawei’s new MediaPad color series and the MediaPad with Android 4.0 will be available in selected markets in the first quarter of 2012. Existing MediaPad owners will receive an OTA Android 4.0 upgrade to their tablets by the first quarter of 2012.