Huawei MediaPad M1 Phablet

In previous years, Huawei have barely touched the burgeoning tablet market. However, at the 2014 Mobile World Congress the popular Chinese technology firm unveiled the Huawei MediaPad M1, a respectable 8 inch tablet PC which also has a sim-card tray meaning that it can also be used as a functioning smartphone.


Huawei have clearly put a lot of thought into the design of their upcoming tablet and their efforts have certainly paid off, the Huawei MediaPad M1 is a beautiful device. Just under 8mm thin, the Huawei MediaPad M1 is incredibly light and easy to hold. This impressive width also makes it slimmer than a number of top-end tablets such as Apple’s iPad Mini.The back of the tablet is predominately made of robust aluminium, excepting the areas which cover the MediaPad M1’s antenna. In addition, the device’s stereo speakers are situated on the front of the device for a more immersive video experience. While the colour range is a lot more limited than that of the Huawei’s Ascend phone series, the Huawei MediaPad M1 is available in a choice of two colours: an understated grey hue and bright white.

Phablet Technology

Beneath the surface, the Huawei MediaPad M1 is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor alongside a 4800mAh battery and 768MB of RAM. While the device’s RAM is adequate for most uses, those who use their phablet for intensive activities such as playing games, may want to take a look at the Huawei MediaPad X1 which sports an excellent 2GB of RAM.

The Huawei MediaPad M1 is unfortunately not running on the most recent carnation of Google’s Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, but is running on the rather dated Android 4.2.2 Jellybean. However, Huawei’s Emotion user interface nicely gives this older version of Android a nice gloss.

However, the most striking feature of the Huawei MediaPad M1 is that it is a tablet that can also double up as a fully functional phone as the device has a sim-card tray. Huawei further promotes the use of the device as a smartphone by supplying the device with 4G connectivity for superior internet speed. This dual purpose of the device makes it great for those who are looking for a new smartphone and a new tablet on a budget.

Huawei MediaPad M1 has a 1MP front-facing camera and a respectable 5MP camera on the back of the device. While the front facing camera is by no means the best on the market and is certainly dwarfed by the 5MP of the Huawei MediaPad X1’s 5MP, it is still great for video calling.

Pricing and Release Date

When the MediaPad M1 arrives in the UK, the phablet is expected to sell for around £250.