Huawei to challenge 7-inch tablet market with MediaPad 7 Lite

Huawei, known for producing budget friendly mobile devices, does not want to be beat at their own game by the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. Hence, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite. While details are thin, the slate is being touted for it’s 7-inch unibody design, full view angle IPS screen, 1080p video playback (presumably via a video output on the tablet), and 3G/WiFi support. That’s about all the Chinese mobile maker has to share at this point. To be clear, there is no confirmation that the MediaPad 7 Lite will retail for the same $199 price point of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, but if we know Huawei the number won’t be too far off. We’ll just have to wait for release details to confirm.

[via Huawei]


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  • Ben

    I think this baby is even more interesting. It has LTE built in, I think I just wait a little longer with buying an Asus transformer :)

  • Thomas Edwards

    OEM’s can’t beat Amazon or Google at this game, as long as Amazon or Google can offset the margins on 200$ tablets with content purchases whatever margin Huawei is trying to get out of its devices will send it over the price point. Unless you’ve got a media distribution outlet, the only chance in hell you have in the tablet market is to be making Windows 8 tablets for enterprise if you want to compete against the iPad and 200$ Android tablets. It’s DOA.

    • Carl Rood

      Agreed. Huawai would either have to have better specs at the same price point or a significantly lower price to compete, especially considering they’re up against brands with a more solid reputation.

  • scoter man1

    Is it just me or does this look almost exactly like the Nexus 7? I hope Asus doesn’t care that much…

  • IronHorse01

    Huawei, nuff said

  • AGx

    In order for me to buy this over the Nexus 7 it needs to have some sort of video-out port and be at least quad core. If not, I’ll go with the Nexus 7 every time if for no other reason than to support STOCK Android and Google.

  • renGek

    If Huawei offers this anywhere close to $199 you have to wonder what corners they cut to achieve it. Unlike google who intends to make back money from selling services, huawei doesn’t have any service to sell and they’re not making a tablet at a lost. Considering ASUS has already said how difficult it was to make the nexus 7 for below $199 AND had engineers working closely with google at that. I don’t see how huawei can win this unless they hope to just grab the china market appealing to nationalism or they have some incredible new feature that nobody else has.

    • ntegrit

      Or they can realize savings by manufacturing certain components themselves?