“The MediaPad X2 from Huawei is a 7-incher with calling capabilities, and is designed just like a phone”
The 7-inch tablet segment is quite popular in India, especially devices that offer voice calling features. The budget arena is full of options if you’re looking for such a device, but there only a handful if you covet something more premium. Moreover, most of the ones we’ve seen till date are tablets first, and phones second. The new Huawei MediaPad X2, that made its debut at a pre-MWC launch event, fills this void with élan.
We got the loaded phablet to play with it at MWC and, we used the opportunity to check out its design closely. Here are our first impressions.
Clad in a slim metallic body, the MediaPad X2 just looks like an oversized phone – there’s really no other way to describe it. It’s clearly designed for usage in the vertical orientation, and elements such as the earpiece, front camera, sensors etc are placed accordingly. The svelte metal casing looks rather gorgeous, but the super-slim bezels add to the looks too, and provide an impression of an edge-to-edge display. The display itself, a 7-inch full HD unit, looks quite crisp and sharp.
Under the hood lurks an octa-core Kirin 930 chip and dual-SIM LTE capabilities are on offer. The MediaPad X2 comes in two different variants – one that uses 2GB of RAM and offers 16 gigs of storage, with the other one sporting 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. Our review unit was the latter, and had a little over 23GB free to use.
Coming back to the design, the volume rocker, power key, and SIM tray are bunched together on the right. There’s nothing on the left, but the bottom holds the micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio socket is on top.
The software side of things include Android 5.0 Lollipop with EMUI v3.0 on top. In our brief time with the phablet, we can make out it packs enough muscle to offer smooth usage, but the real capabilities can only be determined after a proper review. Even the pair of shooters it sports are up to par with current smartphones – a 13-megapixel camera at the back with an LED flash, and a 5MP sensor on the front. As of now, we don’t know if Huawei plans to bring the MediaPad X2 to India, but if it does, we’d be hankering for a review unit so we get to spend some quality time with it.