The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is the latest addition to the company’s tablet lineup. The solidly built MediaPad 7 Lite has a 7-inch 1024×600 IPS display, a single-core 1.2GHz A8 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 3.2MP camera on the back and 0.3MP on the front, and non-customized Android 4.0 ICS. The tablet is just an average budget product, but it stands out with its 3G connectivity, an aluminum lid, and IPS screen tech.
3G will be really the best selling point of the new MediaPad when it starts to sell soon for about 249 EUR in select regions. Besides mobile broadband Internet connection, the tablet supports voice calling and these are missing on the most popular Android tablet today – the $200/200EUR Google Nexus 7.
Since it uses a single-core CPU, one might think that the device is pretty slow. I’ve used the tablet at Huawei’s IFA 2012 booth. Lags were not much noticeable in both OS interface and particular apps, but the experience isn’t damaged much because of it. Of course, the MediaPad 7 Lite can’t compete against the quad-core Nexus in terms of gaming performance, but does offer a decent speed in less demanding apps and multimedia playback.
Regarding looks, I’ve already mentioned it’s solid build and metal lid, which isn’t brushed, so it looks like a metallic-like plastics a little bit. With the thickness of 11mm and weight of 370 grams, the tablet isn’t bulky and heavy, but it’s worth noting that the Nexus 7 weighs 30 grams less.
Overall, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite isn’t a remarkable tablet, but it is a competitive one in the budget category because of 3G and voice calls as an extra feature.