MWC 2014: first look at the tablet compact Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0
Generally at MWC 2014 was so many things that dazzled. Especially at the beginning — when it is necessary to catch all the press conferences, sometimes even want to have a robot avatar to attend events, which take place at the same time. Never know what is really worth to go, and what you can skip — the company trying to the last to keep the suspense at least with respect to the specifications of the device. Yes, and it is not the single specs, from the so-called look and feel depends almost more but he do not know in advance. For example, the Alcatel smartphones usually unattractive from the point of view of characteristics, but in reality are very nice. And devices ZTE on the characteristics of the very, only alive — boring.
But sometimes, like nothing much waiting for the press conference came more for show — and presented to the device are downright wow what. It happened with the event and the tablet Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0.
Showed it towards the end, according to the tradition of leaving the most delicious dessert. The router, smartphone and tablet presented to him, no special emotion not called — well, the router, even with LTE Cat.6, which is really nowhere (except for the center of Moscow is that), well, smartphone middle class, well 8-inch tablet, which is in everyone. MediaPad X1 7.0 in their background seems to be just a work of art.
Compact — the sister of talent
First, it is the thinnest 7-inch tablet has a thickness of 7.18 mm. For comparison, the iPad Mini has 7.5 mm thick, and the Nexus 7 second generation is 8.4 mm. second, it is just a very, very small: due to its thin bezel around the screen its dimensions are only 103,9h183,5 mm, that is, it is a good centimeter already, Nexus 7, and more than a half shorter. And this is with the same screen size. But most importantly, it is much easier to all competitors — only 239 grams. So weigh some modern phones, especially large sizes.
This was achieved by getting rid of a bearing metal frame, which is used in most modern tablets, it was replaced with a monocoque metal body, but very thin — only 0.6 mm. About do now in the automotive industry — for example, the Range Rover II Range Rover III is characterized primarily by the absence of frame and falling at the expense of a good one hundred and fifty pounds weight. Thus, unlike the Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0, presented at the same event, the MediaPad X1 does not bend and does not creak — assembled it properly. If you believe the slides Huawei, the transition to a monolithic design without a frame allowed to win 0.5 mm in thickness and 10 grams of weight, and at the same time 14% increase in battery capacity.
The second point, related to the decrease of weight and size and record the ratio of the area of the screen of the tablet, which Huawei MediaPad X1 is 80%. The width of the frame sides of the screen — a total of 2.39 mm, a value never dreamed of some phones. Some places helped win a tricky wiring harness from the sensor layer, which in Huawei called Laser etching wire. In fact, used extremely thin and narrow trail, which runs along the side of the tablet and “lined” with a laser under the wire: the thickness of the wire is 30 nm, the distance between the wires is 30 nm. Such wires on the Flex cable can fit 30.
In General, it seems that this year the war of specifications announced already not the Koreans, who are now trying to take some other chips, and Chinese. And if we consider the 7-inch device, Huawei elite troops simply left no chances to others.
Take, for example, screen. FullHD IPS matrix 7-inch device — a phenomenon quite normal, though not universal. However, MediaPad X1 is not full HD and 1920×1200 (pixel density of 323 pixels per inch), Yes does not matter. The important thing is that the display brightness is 515 CD/m2. At the same time about the contrast in Huawei modestly silent, and we do not yet have measured, but it clearly turned high. This is partly, of course, achieved thanks to the technology CABC — Content Adaptive Brightness Control, in other words, the dynamic of brightness.
Another interesting technology — LTPS, Low Temperature Poly-Silicon — actually used in the manufacture of the display. Matrix low-temperature polysilicon on an industrial scale began to grow quite recently, and they have a lot of advantages compared to conventional: high brightness and efficiency, smaller size, more saturated colors, faster response time.
In Huawei took into account that tablet with a thin framework to use is not always convenient thumb holding the tablet hands consistently gets on the screen. The Chinese have tried to track the finger and not take it into account when taking readings from the touch layer.
Or, for example, take the camera. Small and light device, it is possible to photograph, so two cameras in Huawei MediaPad X1 is appropriate. But earlier in the tablets of these cameras not set. The main resolution is 13 MP is familiar BSI CMOS sensor of Sony, which gave the optics with the diaphragm number is 2.2, the IR filter and focal length of 28 mm. of course, she is able to shoot FullHD-video, well and the flash next to it too.
Front camera — where the same without her — more surprising: its resolution is a whopping 5 megapixels, and its optics boasts a focal length of 22 mm in 35 mm equivalent, that is, a wide viewing angle and aperture of F/2.4 and the same IR filter as the main. Apparently, China took very seriously the fact that the word Selfie recognized word 2013. By the way, Huawei MediaPad X1 for this case there is a special mode.
What Huawei did not try to go one better, so it is in the power of the processor: the MediaPad X1 is set, the system-on-chip Hisilicon Kirin 910. It announced not so long ago, 28-nm chip containing four processor cores ARM Cortex-A9 and graphics Mali 450MP. To find out what lies behind the letters MP — gluing of the four cards, or eight at once, go to the Huawei website – at a press conference didn’t tell us that. I understand why not tell: this MP4, that is not the most high — it still happens 450MP8 Mali.
Known and the frequency is the maximum frequency of the processor cores is 1.6 GHz, the graphics — 650 MHz. All this is complemented by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of user — expandable with cards Micro SDHC.
Then there are stars in the sky Huawei MediaPad X1 is not enough, but low-powered it won’t be called. At least he didn’t brake at the first meeting. More interesting than Kirin 910 SoC is integrated LTE Cat4 module. Chase Cat6 Huawei has not yet started, and not the theoretically possible speed and within reach Cat4 150 Mbit/s. of course, the MediaPad X1 is able to share Internet with other devices, that is able to work as 4G router. Huawei says support for 16 frequency bands, including those that are relevant for Russia. From other wireless standards is worth noting Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, running at 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.
The miracles do not end there. In 239 grams of weight, the Huawei engineers managed to cram the battery at 5000 mAh (16,5 WH, 3.7 V). Capacity for 7-inch devices is not quite a record, but very impressive. At the press conference was spoken about miraculous energy saving system, developed by Huawei, which allows you to save up to 30% of the charge, but in practice, that the exhibition did not check — can only believe in the word. Interestingly, with the help of OTG cable, the tablet allows you to charge other electronics, say a phone. That is, in the same 239 grams more fit and Power Bank.
Another interesting feature of the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is that it is… phone. Well, no, of course, it is still a tablet, but it may well serve as a phone — to do this, he has a voice speaker at the top and a couple microphones with noise cancellation, one above, one below.
Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer unit, which, in fact, presented the tablet at MWC 2014, has emphasized that the MediaPad X1 and you can wear as the phone is in your pocket. And showed: “you See, MediaPad X1 in my pocket climbs. Hey, give me a iPad Mini! See — not got”.
It is clear that Huawei offers to everyone to put your ear to a 7-inch shovel. Much easier in this case to use a Bluetooth headset. Huawei even introduced one at MWC — however, this is not an ordinary headset. TalkBand, as it was called by the Chinese, is a silicone wristband which is Bluetooth headset with a number of additional features, turning it into a tracker.
So to speak, with the upper point of view TalkBand B1 is a conventional Bluetooth-enabled device Bluetooth 4.1, NFC for fast connection, speaker and two microphones for noise suppression. But it also has a built in black and white OLED display and multiple sensors that monitor how much you sleep and how many go. The bundled software that allows you to bring these data into a beautiful chart and compare with previous results.
Finally — the price. In Europe, Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is estimated at 399 euros, which translated into Russian prices most likely will be about 20 thousand rubles (hopefully much further the ruble falls). Headset wristband TalkBand B1 will receive a price tag that says 99 euros, or approximately 5 thousand rubles.
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The main thing in Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 that all these numbers and features develop into a really quality device. Your humble servant never seen such a lightweight and compact tablet that would it was so nice to hold in hands. In Huawei took care not only about specs but about the quality of the processing of the case, the correct round corners and just about all of what a person the impression about the device.
Qualitative bright screen, the abundance of wireless interfaces and a decent processor just complete the picture, making the tablet even more attractive. I’d like to believe that the MediaPad X1 7.0 is really will set a new trend in tablet fashion — so it stands out against the background of relatively faceless mass of similar gadgets. Such must be the tablets are light, convenient, truly mobile. Looking forward to a novelty in our test lab.