Huawei Media Pad X1 Phablet Revealed

huawei-media-pad-x12013 was definitely the year of the phablet as we saw many popular technology manufacturers releasing larger and larger smartphones which blurred the once distinct boundaries between smartphone and tablet. As result the portmanteau ‘phablet’ was applied to these supersize smartphones. However, at the Mobile World Conference 2014 Huawei announced their upcoming device the Huawei MediaPad X1 will be 7 inches, further pushing the distinction between tablet and smartphone.


The Media Pad X1 is a very aesthetically pleasing device as it has a metal body and is incredibly thin. This makes it the slimmest and lightest tablet of its rank. Despite being light and slim, the Huawei Media Pad X1 has a solid, premium feel about it. One of the great things about the device is its minimalist design, there are no buttons cluttering up the front of the device, giving it a sophisticated appearance. Instead, all of the essential buttons, like power and volume controls, are found around the sides the device.

The phablet has a bright HD screen that creates crisp images and excellent viewing angles.

Phablet Technology

The Huawei Media Pad X1 is a powerful device as it is fuelled by a super 5,000 mAh battery, 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a generous 2GB. While these impressive figures suggest that the device should be a tablet, there is a sim card slot on the Huawei Media Pad X1 which makes it a fully functional smartphone. So, although the Huawei Media Pad X1 looks like a 7 tablet, in reality, when you take into account the sim card slot and the fact that the phablet is around twice the price of similar tablets, the Huawei Media Pad X1 should be viewed as a 7 inch smartphone.

Unfortunately, Android fans will disappointed to know that the Huawei Media Pad X1 runs on the now dated Jelly Bean 4.2.2 version of the ever-popular Android operating system. However, despite this older operating system, Huawei have put a lot of time into tweaking user interface making the Emotion interface more customisable than ever.

The Huawei Media Pad X1 comes with a respectable 16GB of inbuilt memory, perfect for storing most of your day-to-day documents and playlist or two on. However, those who love their media will be pleased to know that the device also has a micro-SD slot.

The Huawei Media Pad X1 is great for taking photos on as there is a generous 13 megapixel camera on the back of the device and a high-quality 5MP camera on the front of the device.

Pricing and Release Date

At the MWC in Barcelona, Huawei revealed that this unique device will be available in Europe from March and will be priced at €399.