O2 and Carphone Warehouse to stock eight inch 4G ready device
Huawei has today (June 5) unveiled its new ‘entertainment’ focussed ‘ultra slim’ tablet device, the MediaPad M1.
The ‘grey steel’ coloured device goes on sale this month (no exact date as yet) and will be available through O2 and Carphone Warehouse on tariffs prices £24 per month and £20 per month respectively.
It is the eleventh tablet released by the Chinese firm, the world’s third biggest manufacturer of smartphones, in the past three years.
Features of the Android (Jelly Bean) run device include, LTE – with Huawei claiming a 1GB movie can be downloaded in just one minute with speeds of up to 150Mbps. It also includes an eight-inch HD screen, dual front-facing speakers ad DTS surround sound, five megapixel rear and one megapixel front facing camera, 7.9mm thick, 329g weight, 8GB memory and a large 4,800 mAh battery supporting up to eight hours of video playback.
Huawei executive VP Mark Mitchinson said: “Its 8-inch screen, LTE connectivity, ultra-slim design and affordable price tag make it a desirable tablet for the masses.”
The firm launched its latest flagship smartphone the Ascend P7 in Paris last month and is also believed to be in negotiations to sponsor a top five Premier League football team, to raise awareness of the brand.
Huawei sold more than 52 million handsets in 2013, becoming the third biggest (4.9 per cent) manufacturer of smartphones globally for the first time – overtaking LG.
Internal targets have been set to push handset sales past the 80 million mark this year – closing the gap on Samsung (31.3 per cent) and Apple (15.3 per cent).
Huawei chief executive of consumer business Richard Yu revealed last month global awareness of Huawei more than doubled to 52 per cent last year – with handsets available in 100-plus markets. Sales targets of the Ascend P7 (pictured), available from June are understood to be in excess of 10 million.