Huawei unveils Vision smartphone and MediaPad tablet


Handset manufacturer launches new smartphone and tablet for the UK, and announces details of a new design centre to open in central London in Q1 2012

Huawei launched its Vision smartphone and MediaPad tablet at a press conference in central London last night (November 7). The handset manufacturer is to also open a design centre in central London in Q1 2012.

The full touchscreen Vision runs on the Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

It comes with a five megapixel autofocus camera with flash and a customisable user interface to enable home screen panels to be rendered in a number of ways, including as a 3D carousel interface.

The Vision, which will come silver, gold and grey, will go on sale at Phones 4U before Christmas and will free on contracts from £25 a month. Further operator and retailer partners are expected to be confirmed for early 2012.

The MediaPad is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and runs off Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It features a seven inch screen with HD video recording and playback.

It comes with a five megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a HDMI port. It supports Flash 10.3 and comes preinstalled with Facebook, Twitter and Documents to Go.

The MediaPad will be available in the UK through retailers and operators from Q1 2012. The Wi-Fi version of the tablet is expected to cost £275 plus VAT.

Additionally, Huawei is to open a dedicated European design centre for its mobile device business in central London.

The London Design Centre (LDC) is expected to open in Q1 2012. It will be headed by Huawei Device UK and Ireland executive vice president Mark Mitchinson, who will be supported by Huawei Device creative director for ID Europe Andy Davy.

Huawei will recruit a team of designers which it said would drive new product conception, design and development.

The handset manufacturer added the centre will enable it to respond to local customer and market demands and will help drive growth of the company’s market share in smartphones across Europe.

Mitchinson said: “The Huawei LDC will give us clear differentiation in a fiercely competitive European market as we launch new and innovative smartphones and build a compelling brand story.

“The LDC will enable us to better serve all of our customers in the years ahead, without compromise. Great design spans borders but a local market driven focus and understanding is critical to our future success.”