Huawei is really bringing their ‘A’ game to Mobile World Congress this year. We already took a look at the Ascend D Quad smartphone and we swung back by Huawei’s booth to get some hands-on time with the new Mediapad 10 FHD. It’s almost shocking how quickly a company once known for low-end handsets destined for China has turned things around, developing their own in-house quad-core processor and throwing it in a tablet that looks and feels more polished than any previous attempt.
The Mediapad 10 FHD runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz quad-core chip, features a 10-inch HD display and measures in at only 8.8mm thick. It is light and pretty sleek, carrying over design elements from the D Quad such as a multi-textured back. It gets a hefty 2GB of RAM and will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage options with microSD for expansion. A SIM slot enables 3G/4G LTE connectivity but you also get a host of other standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi.
The Android 4.0 build running on the display unit seemed nearly complete and ran smoothly on the Mediapad’s hardware. Gaming also lived up to expectations given the tablet’s powerful processor, but we’d be interested to see how Huawei’s K3 chip stacks up to the likes of Tegra 3 and some of the more powerful dual-core chips such as the Snapdragon S4.
Overall our time with the Mediapad 10 FHD was quite pleasing, but it will be interesting to see how the general public reacts (if the tablet even sees a wide release in regions like North America and Europe) given most people’s limited knowledge of the Huawei brand. Pricing will be key here, and Huawei knows how to succeed in this area above all.