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Besides the TalkBand B1, Huawei introduced three other devices in their MWC presentation - the MediaPad X1 7.0, MediaPad M1 8.0, and the Ascend G6. The first is pegged as a phone/tablet hybrid, the second just a tablet (capable of Wi-Fi calling and SMS), and the third a budget to mid-range phone.

We'll take a quick look at all three, but let's start with the MediaPad X1.

MediaPad X1 7.0

The X1 "combines the functionality of a smartphone and tablet" in its aluminum alloy body, and besides Huawei's own suite of software enhancements with Emotion UI 2.0, has plenty of specs worth looking twice at. Unfortunately, though, it'll be running Android 4.2 out of the box.

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Here's a brief look at the specs:

  • 7.81mm thick
  • Aluminum alloy body
  • 7" IPS display at 1200x1920
  • "Super-sensitive" touch display with Gloves Mode
  • 13MP rear camera (with Sony Exmor R BSI sensor) and 5MP front shooter
  • LTE Category 4 compatibility
  • 5000mAh battery
  • "Reverse Charging" for charging other devices using the X1's battery
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor (unspecified)
  • Unknown RAM
  • Android 4.2

Of course, Huawei's also got some promotional videos pitching the X1 as a device that "exceeds all the limits," and as the perfect tool for perfect strangers to virtually share dinner and ultimately take off in a hot air balloon together, with the tablet/phone accompanying them the whole way.

The X1 is expected to be available in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and Latin America starting in March.

MediaPad M1 8.0

The MediaPad M1 isn't explicitly pegged as a hybrid tablet/phone device, but it does have LTE Category 4 compatibility, a thin "metallic feel" body with aluminum frame (which Huawei says "will literally take your breath away" - watch out), front-facing speakers, and - strangely - a lower-res 800x1280 8" display. As for looks, one wouldn't be wrong to suggest the M1 looks more than a bit like HTC's One Max, at least from the front.

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Here's what we know so far in the specs department:

  • 7.9mm body
  • 8" IPS display at 800x1280
  • dual front-facing speakers
  • 5MP rear camera and 1MP front-shooter
  • LTE Category 4 compatibility
  • 4800mAh battery
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor (unspecified)
  • Unknown RAM
  • Unknown Android version

The MediaPad M1 8.0 will be available starting in "Q1 2014" in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia, and Latin America.

Ascend G6 4G

Finally, we come to Huawei's newly-announced phone - the Ascend G6. The G6 is not a terrible-looking device (minus the capacitive keys), and has a fair number of color combinations, but it is clearly aimed at the low- to mid-range segment. Unlike its tablet counterparts, the G6 is apparently not LTE Cat4 enabled, runs an unspecified version of Android, and has a qHD display.

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And now for the specs:

  • 7.85mm body
  • 4.5" 960x540 display
  • Available in black with light grey or rose gold highlights or in white with pink or "champagne gold" highlights
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter
  • LTE enabled
  • 2000mAh battery
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified)
  • Unknown RAM
  • Unknown Android version

The Ascend G6 4G will be available starting in April 2014 in unspecified markets, with its non-4G alternative launching in "Q1 2014." Those interested can check out Huawei's promo videos for the G6 below.

For more information and photos of each device, just hit the appropriate link.

Source: Huawei (G6 PR, X1/M1 PR, Product Pages: G6, X1, M1)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Gabriel Hellsing

    Holy heck those tablets look like supersized iPhones. x_x
    What the heck were Huawei thinking?

    • Bill in Shanghai

      In 'developing' countries, many cannot afford a tablet, and a phone, and a PC - so guess what product (if affordable) will be chosen?

  • jamaall

    the mediapad x1 looks like a super sized iPhone... Though I do like the specs. The 5000mah battery is quite high given most are at 4000mah.

  • Jephri

    Reverse charging. That is actually a really great idea! Well done Huawei, you actually did something innovative.

  • Manuel Bocchia

    >The X1 is expected to be available in (...) Latin America starting in March.

    This has me excited. Any idea about price tag?

    • david

      For Europe it's 399€. Should give you a good enough idea.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    1. looks like iPhone
    2. looks like Htc One
    3. looks like older Sony Ericsson design...

    Well.... The Next Samsung guys.....

    • obarthelemy

      Are there that many ways to design something around a screen,, speakers, and home button ?

      • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

        I know to be fair its pretty much impossible to come out to very original design language.... these days but im not saying its a bad thing

  • minica

    Gold is all the rage these days, eh.. good call although i'm still waiting for the return of the brown colored phones..

    also seriously digging the X1.. if they get the price right that is..

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So much Apple copycat-ing

  • david

    Pricing was announced; it will sell for 399€ in Europe, which is very, very neat.

    My current phone is 5.6 inches. I would love to get this thing solely because of the form factor, because I don't make that many calls anyway.