Huawei brings new Ascend G6, new MediaPad tablets, and new wearables to Mobile World Congress


Huawei had a pretty full plate for Mobile World Congress, with the company announced two new tablets, a new smartphone, and even introducing a new wearable. The two new tablets are unsurprisingly part of Huawei’s established MediaPad lineup, while the phone will don the Ascend moniker.

Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0

This 8-inch device doesn’t throw any serious surprises at us. It has HD resolution, but only at 1280 x 800. Under the hood is a 1.6GHz quad-core SoC from Hisilicon, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth 4.0 WiFi N and more.

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There will be an LTE version of the tablet to add mobile data and support for dual-band WiFi. For battery, we’re looking at a unit with 4,800mAh of lithium-polymer power. Android 4.2 will be on board to start, with Huawei making some light UI tweaks to set their device apart from the rest. Of note is its thin profile at 7.9mm, as well as stereo front-facing speaker for those yearning for a better audio experience.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Next up is the MediaPad X1, which offers several improvements over the M1. It’s a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 tablet that has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor (of the same variety as the M1’s), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front camera, 5,000mAh battery, as well as a separate LTE option with dual-band WiFi.

huawei mediapad x1

Android 4.2 also powers this thing, with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 sitting right on top. The device also enjoys a ridiculous width profile of just 7.19mm. Not too bad.

Huawei Ascend G6

The latest addition to the Ascend lineup isn’t meant to blow you away, but should be a nice piece of equipment for those not interested in dropping too much cash on a smartphone. It’ll have a 4.5-inch qHD display and a quad-core 1.2Ghz processor.

huawei ascend g6

Most OEMs are trying to get more affordable 4G LTE devices into everyone’s hands, so the option to go with a 4G configuration is definitely welcome. The Ascend G6 also includes NFC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with expansion options, an 8 megapixel rear camera with a 5 megapixel front sensor, and will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (with Emotion UI 2.0 on top, if you haven’t already guessed it).

Huawei TalkBand B1

Of course, an Mobile World Congress announcement wouldn’t be a Mobile World Congress announcement without mention of some sort of wearable. It’s all the rage these days, and Huawei has one of their own to bring to the table.

huawei talkband b1

The TalkBand B1 1.4-inch flexible OLED display and has monitors for tracking your sleep cycles. It can connect to any Android phone with 2.3 or higher, and features a Bluetooth 4.1-equipped earpiece of voice calls (because, you know, everyone needs to get their James Bond on every now and then).


So when’s all this coming our way? Both of the tablets and the activity band will be available in China, Russia, Japan, and the Middle East, while Huawei didn’t have anything to share about the G6’s launch regions. We do know that most of these devices are expected to be out by the end of March, though, with the exception of the 4G-enabled G6 coming our way in April. Find more availability details over at Huawei’s site, and stay tuned as we look to bring you a hands-on look at all this straight from Barcelona.

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Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. just for sleep Cycles? that’s it?

    1. Don’t forget a Bluetooth headpiece!… Just like the one you can connect straight to the phone…

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