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Hands-On With Huawei’s MediaPad X2 at MWC ’15

March 2, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

Yesterday, during Press Day at Mobile World Congress, Huawei had a handful of new things to announce on stage, and one of them was their latest MediaPad, the X2. At first glance, you’d think straightaway that this was in fact an Android tablet, but Huawei has been calling this an Android smartphone since they announced it on stage yesterday. We’ve managed to get our hands-on their latest tablet-come-smartphone and we have to say, it’s a pretty big phone.

As we noted yesterday, the Huawei MediaPad X2 is a 7-inch, 1920 x 1200 device that’s powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 930 octa-core CPU capable of executing 64-bit instructions and blazing LTE Cat. 6 speeds. Elsewhere, there’s a dual-SIM slot and two versions of the device; one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and another with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The device is fairly sleek, for a 7-inch “phablet” as Huawei is calling it and there are two colors available; a silver and a rose gold option. Here, we’re looking at the silver version on the show floor at MWC ’15 as well as the 3GB version. In the short time we spent with it, this seemed like a snappy little tablet, sorry, smartphone ad Huawei’s Emotion UI has been cleaned up somewhat in version 3.0. To say this features a 5,000 mAh battery and is just 7.28mm thick, this is a fairly svelte tablet.

This is clearly not a smartphone for everyone, and will only appeal to those that say devices like the OnePlus One and the Galaxy Note 4 are ‘too small’. There is an earpiece here, so you can easily take calls just as you would with any other normal-sized smartphone and the whole thing is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and Huawei’s Emotion UI on top. We’ll be bringing you all sorts of coverage from the MWC showfloor this week, like a closer look at Huawei’s fancy new Android Wear watch. Take a look at the gallery below, and let us know what you think. Is this a tablet? Is a smartphone? Is it too big or too small to be either?