Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

Kicking off this year’s Mobile World Congress ahead of the pack, Huawei on Sunday introduced what is being described as “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LET Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet” – the MediaPad X1.

Weighing in at a mere 239g, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest phablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7.

The MediaPad X1 features a 103.9mm wide “full aluminum alloy unibody design,” with a profile of just 7.18mm. The IPS-LCD display packs a high-res 1920 x 1200 display, with a 80% screen-to-body ratio.

Under the hood, the MediaPad X1 sports a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The device ships with 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD.

The whole setup is backed by a huge 5000 mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 21 days on standby, and “up to 5 days of continuous use” – again beating the other 7-inch tablets.

Huawei also equipped the X1 with a 13-megapixel Sony Exmore BSI rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with various features including “selfies”-friendly modes.

As of now, the MediaPad X1 will run the somewhat older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will launch in various markets including China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America starting with March 2014. Pricing details for the device have not yet been released.

Since Huawei is making a huge push in the North American market, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few US and Canadian mobile carriers pick up the MediaPad X1 in the first half of 2014.

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