Huawei MediaPad X1 tablet review

Huawei is trying hard to convince themselves and everyone around them that the MediaPad X1 is a tablet and has nothing to do with phablets. The question is philosophical, since the device is quite large. Still, 7 inches is 7 inches, and it's inconvenient to talk like that. On the other hand, there are similar models in the phablet segment, and this is a matter of their positioning. The manufacturer is trying to get into tablets with this model, but here, it seems to me, his chances are small - for 15,000 rubles you can buy an iPad Mini Retina, albeit without support for cellular networks. And this device from Huawei initially has it, plus it allows you to make calls, write SMS. A sort of universal solution, which, as is typical, is exactly the price of tablets, and not smartphones at all. A stupid situation has developed on the market, when a decent smartphone costs from 20,000 rubles, and a completely similar tablet with a large diagonal costs 20-25 percent less. Logic cannot explain this, since the cost of the components in the tablet is higher, this is solely positioning on the part of the company.

Despite the fact that the Huawei brand is known in the market, it is impossible to say that its strength will allow mass sales of the MediaPad X1. Plans for the sale of this device in Russia are truly Napoleonic, but they are unlikely to come true. This device is well suited to those who are looking for a tablet with good functionality and full phone support, for some reason do not want to consider Samsung's Galaxy Tab. In terms of cost, this solution is at the level of similar solutions from top companies. In my opinion, offering a person an Apple iPad and Huawei MediaPad X1 for the same amount, we will get a very definite result, and the choice will not be in favor of Huawei. The same goes for the comparison with Samsung. Therefore, the choice of this device should be approached carefully and weigh the pros and cons.

This review builds largely on the first look we did back in February, expanding and adding to it based on a month and a half of use.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Someone will say that the new X1 is similar to the iPad Mini, and they will be partially right. Indeed, the novelty has a lot in common with small tablets from Apple: aluminum body, silver metal edging, white color, after all. But personally, this tablet reminds me of its longtime predecessor, Huawei MediaPad.

Huawei MediaPad X1

The front part is almost completely occupied by a seven-inch display with small frames around it. In my memory, this is one of the first tablets with such thin frames, not only on the sides, but on the top / bottom.

Above the screen are a speaker, light/proximity sensors, and an indicator light (it flashes red for notifications, glows amber while charging, and green when the tablet is fully charged).

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the right side you can see the volume rocker, power button and hidden trays for a SIM card (microSIM format) and a microSDHC memory card.

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At the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone hole (if I understand correctly).

The back is made of aluminum, with the exception of two white plastic inserts. The combination of aluminum and matte white plastic looks great, Huawei can only be commended for such a choice.

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the back there is an external speaker (it has a good volume margin) and a 13 MP camera eye with a flash.

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The build quality of the tablet is excellent, there can be no complaints.

One of the main features of this tablet is its compact dimensions compared to other seven-inch devices (184x104x7 mm, 239 grams). And although the X1 looks more like a phablet than a tablet, the company's opinion on this matter is unambiguous - this is a compact tablet, not a phablet.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Acer Liquid S2 и Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Asus Nexus 7 2013

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro

Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Nokia Lumia 1520

Когда я первый раз увидел Х1 вживую, то, честно говоря, был приятно удивлен. Размеры этого устройства можно смело сравнить с шестидюймовой электронной книгой.

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Screen

The display diagonal is seven inches, the resolution is 1920x1200 pixels, the matrix type is IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, multi-touch is supported up to ten simultaneous touches. In the settings you can change the color temperature of the screen.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

The MediaPad X1 has an excellent display with close to maximum viewing angles, good brightness margin and excellent image clarity (especially noticeable when viewing small text). This screen can be safely compared with the Nexus 7 2013 display - they are on the same level.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Thin side frames produce a “wow effect” on an unprepared user, this solution looks undeniably great. However, Huawei cheated a little: if you look closely, you will notice that the display itself does not start immediately after the frames, but after half a millimeter. By the way, LG did the same in G2.

Huawei MediaPad X1

An unobvious "chip" of the device was the inclusion with a double tap on the screen. Despite the fact that this feature in Huawei was clearly spied on by LG, it did not get worse.

Offline work

The tablet has a non-removable battery, Li-Ion battery capacity is 5000 mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of playing video for 25 hours, is in standby mode up to 800 hours. To begin with, the battery charging time with a complete charger is about 4 hours.

It is not clear how the manufacturer managed to achieve 25 hours of video playback, all experiments with HD videos and average screen brightness gave a result of 10-12 hours at most. That is, at the level of current models - there is no increase, and it cannot be. The real time when used as a tablet is at the level of other devices, for example, the Nexus 7 of 2013. If you use the device for calls and the Internet, then it lasts an average of 2 days, which is also expected. Using it as a tablet will give you 4-5 days of work. I emphasize that these are expected results, there is nothing special here.

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Camera

The tablet has two cameras: the main 13 MP and the front 5 MP. Below I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the pictures from the device. They are quite good on bright days, the pictures are blurry indoors, not always perfect. The built-in LED flash doesn't really save the day. This is clearly not an ideal device in terms of camera, but it outperforms many Chinese models.

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Wireless interfaces

The tablet has a full set of wireless modules: Wi-Fi (b/g/n). Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and even support for Russian LTE frequencies.

Performance, memory, chipset

Together with the tablet, Huawei also introduced its new HiSilicon Kirin K910 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. Mali-450MP is used as a video accelerator. If you remember, the weak point of the previous generation of processors was precisely the weak video accelerator, because of this it was impossible to play top games. With the transition to Mali-450MP, this problem was completely solved (only the lack of support for OpenGL 3.0 is frustrating).

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The amount of RAM is 2 GB, the capacity of the internal drive is 16 GB, about 12 GB is available to the user, there is support for memory cards up to 64 GB. Let me also remind you that in all new Huawei devices there is an option to replace the internal memory with a memory card, thanks to this you can store the cache of heavy games on the card and not worry about the small amount of internal memory.

When it comes to tablet speed, commercial samples perform noticeably worse than prototypes. So, in moving through the menu, you can see the slowdown, which is not on the iPad or a similar level of Android tablets. This is not in games or applications, but the brakes are observed in the interface, and they are of a random nature.

Operating system

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 with Emotion UI 2.0 pre-installed. The interface has changed a bit in the new version of the shell, so let's talk about it a little more.

Firstly, all the icons are slightly "rounded", for standard applications this solution looks great, but the icons of third-party applications in gray rounded frames look, to put it mildly, so-so.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Secondly, the notification shade has been redesigned. Finally, the brightness slider appeared, and the switches are now hidden, leaving only five pieces (previously there was horizontal scrolling, as in TouchWiz).

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Among other features, I will once again note the hiding of on-screen buttons. I really like this option since the days of Huawei Mate, I'm glad that the company managed to bring it back despite Google's claims. Thanks to this automatic hiding, the on-screen buttons will not bother you when playing games, watching videos or reading.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

As a reminder, the tablet supports voice calls, however, when making a call, a tiny photo is displayed on the large seven-inch screen.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Of other features - the presence of quite interesting themes, various additional settings in the shell - most of them are familiar to other Huawei products, there is nothing unique for the market as a whole.

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At a price of 15,000 rubles, in the minds of consumers, this model will compete with the iPad Mini of all modifications and will clearly lose to it. This can be seen in the sales of the Galaxy Tab, these tablets are often more functional, but cannot compete with the iPad at the same price point. For Huawei, this situation is repeated in a more difficult version - there is no noticeable advertising and PR, the consumer simply does not know this product. As a result, we can expect a fairly quick price drop, in the fall it can already amount to 12-13 thousand rubles, which will make this model more attractive. But here we must understand that today, in terms of price / quality ratio, it is not bad, although not ideal. Emotionally, the device turned out to be dry - it seems that everything is in it, but something is missing. It is worth choosing it from your real needs - in my opinion, if you need a phone, then it will have to be in the yard. And it can be considered as a phablet, as a tablet it is not so profitable.

Huawei MediaPad X1 tablet review

Huawei is trying hard to convince themselves and everyone around them that the MediaPad X1 is a tablet and has nothing to do with phablets. The question is philosophical, since the device is quite large. Still, 7 inches is 7 inches, and it's inconvenient to talk like that. On the other hand, there are similar models in the phablet segment, and this is a matter of their positioning. The manufacturer is trying to get into tablets with this model, but here, it seems to me, his chances are small - for 15,000 rubles you can buy an iPad Mini Retina, albeit without support for cellular networks. And this device from Huawei initially has it, plus it allows you to make calls, write SMS. A kind of universal solution, which, as is typical, is priced exactly like tablets, and not smartphones at all. A stupid situation has developed on the market, when a decent smartphone costs from 20,000 rubles, and a completely similar tablet with a large diagonal costs 20-25 percent less. Logic cannot explain this, since the cost of the components in the tablet is higher, this is solely positioning on the part of the company.

Despite the fact that the Huawei brand is known in the market, it is impossible to say that its strength will allow mass sales of the MediaPad X1. Plans for the sale of this device in Russia are truly Napoleonic, but they are unlikely to come true. This device is well suited to those who are looking for a tablet with good functionality and full phone support, for some reason do not want to consider Samsung's Galaxy Tab. In terms of cost, this solution is at the level of similar solutions from top companies. In my opinion, offering a person an Apple iPad and Huawei MediaPad X1 for the same amount, we will get a very definite result, and the choice will not be in favor of Huawei. The same applies to the comparison with Samsung. Therefore, the choice of this device should be approached carefully and weigh the pros and cons.

This review builds largely on the first look we did back in February, expanding and adding to it based on a month and a half of use.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Someone will say that the new X1 is similar to the iPad Mini, and they will be partially right. Indeed, the novelty has a lot in common with small tablets from Apple: aluminum body, silver metal edging, white color, after all. But personally, this tablet reminds me of its longtime predecessor, Huawei MediaPad.

Huawei MediaPad X1

The front part is almost completely occupied by a seven-inch display with small frames around it. In my memory, this is one of the first tablets with such thin frames, not only on the sides, but on the top / bottom.

Above the screen are a speaker, light/proximity sensors, and an indicator light (it flashes red for notifications, glows amber while charging, and green when the tablet is fully charged).

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the right side you can see the volume rocker, power button and hidden trays for a SIM card (microSIM format) and a microSDHC memory card.

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At the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone hole (if I understand correctly).

The back is made of aluminum, with the exception of two white plastic inserts. The combination of aluminum and matte white plastic looks great, Huawei can only be commended for such a choice.

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the back there is an external speaker (it has a good volume margin) and a 13 MP camera eye with a flash.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

The build quality of the tablet is excellent, there can be no complaints.

One of the main features of this tablet is its compact dimensions compared to other seven-inch devices (184x104x7 mm, 239 grams). And although the X1 looks more like a phablet than a tablet, the company's opinion on this matter is unambiguous - this is a compact tablet, not a phablet.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Acer Liquid S2 и Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Asus Nexus 7 2013

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro

Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Nokia Lumia 1520

Когда я первый раз увидел Х1 вживую, то, честно говоря, был приятно удивлен. Размеры этого устройства можно смело сравнить с шестидюймовой электронной книгой.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Screen

The display diagonal is seven inches, the resolution is 1920x1200 pixels, the matrix type is IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, multi-touch is supported up to ten simultaneous touches. In the settings you can change the color temperature of the screen.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

The MediaPad X1 has an excellent display with close to maximum viewing angles, good brightness margin and excellent image clarity (especially noticeable when viewing small text). This screen can be safely compared with the Nexus 7 2013 display - they are on the same level.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Thin side frames produce a “wow effect” on an unprepared user, this solution looks undeniably great. However, Huawei cheated a little: if you look closely, you will notice that the display itself does not start immediately after the frames, but after half a millimeter. By the way, LG did the same in G2.

Huawei MediaPad X1

An unobvious "chip" of the device was the inclusion with a double tap on the screen. Despite the fact that this feature in Huawei was clearly spied on by LG, it did not get worse.

Work offline

The tablet has a non-removable battery, Li-Ion battery capacity is 5000 mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of playing video for 25 hours, is in standby mode up to 800 hours. To begin with, the battery charging time with a complete charger is about 4 hours.

It is not clear how the manufacturer managed to achieve 25 hours of video playback, all experiments with HD videos and average screen brightness gave a result of 10-12 hours at most. That is, at the level of current models - there is no increase, and it cannot be. The real time when used as a tablet is at the level of other devices, for example, the Nexus 7 of 2013. If you use the device for calls and the Internet, then it lasts an average of 2 days, which is also expected. Using it as a tablet will give you 4-5 days of work. I emphasize that these are expected results, there is nothing special here.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Camera

The tablet has two cameras: the main 13 MP and the front 5 MP. Below I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the pictures from the device. They are quite good on bright days, the pictures are blurry indoors, not always perfect. The built-in LED flash doesn't really save the day. This is clearly not an ideal device in terms of camera, but it outperforms many Chinese models.

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Wireless interfaces

The tablet has a full set of wireless modules: Wi-Fi (b/g/n). Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and even support for Russian LTE frequencies.

Performance, memory, chipset

Together with the tablet, Huawei also introduced its new HiSilicon Kirin K910 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. Mali-450MP is used as a video accelerator. If you remember, the weak point of the previous generation of processors was precisely the weak video accelerator, because of this it was impossible to play top games. With the transition to Mali-450MP, this problem was completely solved (only the lack of support for OpenGL 3.0 is frustrating).

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The amount of RAM is 2 GB, the capacity of the internal drive is 16 GB, about 12 GB is available to the user, there is support for memory cards up to 64 GB. Let me also remind you that in all new Huawei devices there is an option to replace the internal memory with a memory card, thanks to this you can store the cache of heavy games on the card and not worry about the small amount of internal memory.

When it comes to tablet speed, commercial samples perform noticeably worse than prototypes. So, in moving through the menu, you can see the slowdown, which is not on the iPad or a similar level of Android tablets. This is not in games or applications, but the brakes are observed in the interface, and they are of a random nature.

Operating system

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 with Emotion UI 2.0 pre-installed. The interface has changed a bit in the new version of the shell, so let's talk about it a little more.

Firstly, all the icons are slightly "rounded", for standard applications this solution looks great, but the icons of third-party applications in gray rounded frames look, to put it mildly, so-so.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Secondly, we redesigned the notification shade. Finally, the brightness adjustment slider appeared, and the switches are now hidden, leaving only five pieces (previously there was horizontal scrolling, as in TouchWiz).

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Among other features, I will once again note the hiding of on-screen buttons. I really like this option since the days of Huawei Mate, I'm glad that the company managed to bring it back despite Google's claims. Thanks to this automatic hiding, the on-screen buttons will not bother you when playing games, watching videos or reading.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

As a reminder, the tablet supports voice calls, however, when making a call, a tiny photo is displayed on the large seven-inch screen.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Of other features - the presence of quite interesting themes, various additional settings in the shell - most of them are familiar to other Huawei products, there is nothing unique for the market as a whole.

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At a price of 15,000 rubles, in the minds of consumers, this model will compete with the iPad Mini of all modifications and will clearly lose to it. This can be seen in the sales of the Galaxy Tab, these tablets are often more functional, but cannot compete with the iPad at the same price point. For Huawei, this situation is repeated in a more difficult version - there is no noticeable advertising and PR, the consumer simply does not know this product. As a result, we can expect a fairly quick price drop, in the fall it can already amount to 12-13 thousand rubles, which will make this model more attractive. But here we must understand that today, in terms of price / quality ratio, it is not bad, although not ideal. Emotionally, the device turned out to be dry - it seems that everything is in it, but something is missing. It is worth choosing it from your real needs - in my opinion, if you need a phone, then it will have to be in the yard. And it can be considered as a phablet, as a tablet it is not so profitable.

Huawei MediaPad X1 tablet review

Huawei is trying hard to convince themselves and everyone around them that the MediaPad X1 is a tablet and has nothing to do with phablets. The question is philosophical, since the device is quite large. Still, 7 inches is 7 inches, and it's inconvenient to talk like that. On the other hand, there are similar models in the phablet segment, and this is a matter of their positioning. The manufacturer is trying to get into tablets with this model, but here, it seems to me, his chances are small - for 15,000 rubles you can buy an iPad Mini Retina, albeit without support for cellular networks. And this device from Huawei initially has it, plus it allows you to make calls, write SMS. A sort of universal solution, which, as is typical, is exactly the price of tablets, and not smartphones at all. A stupid situation has developed on the market, when a decent smartphone costs from 20,000 rubles, and a completely similar tablet with a large diagonal costs 20-25 percent less. Logic cannot explain this, since the cost of the components in the tablet is higher, this is solely positioning on the part of the company.

Despite the fact that the Huawei brand is known in the market, it is impossible to say that its strength will allow mass sales of the MediaPad X1. Plans for the sale of this device in Russia are truly Napoleonic, but they are unlikely to come true. This device is well suited to those who are looking for a tablet with good functionality and full phone support, for some reason do not want to consider Samsung's Galaxy Tab. In terms of cost, this solution is at the level of similar solutions from top companies. In my opinion, offering a person an Apple iPad and Huawei MediaPad X1 for the same amount, we will get a very definite result, and the choice will not be in favor of Huawei. The same goes for the comparison with Samsung. Therefore, the choice of this device should be approached carefully and weigh the pros and cons.

This review builds largely on the first look we did back in February, expanding and adding to it based on a month and a half of use.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Someone will say that the new X1 is similar to the iPad Mini, and they will be partially right. Indeed, the novelty has a lot in common with small tablets from Apple: aluminum body, silver metal edging, white color, after all. But personally, this tablet reminds me of its longtime predecessor, Huawei MediaPad.

Huawei MediaPad X1

The front part is almost completely occupied by a seven-inch display with small frames around it. In my memory, this is one of the first tablets with such thin frames, not only on the sides, but on the top / bottom.

Above the screen are a speaker, light/proximity sensors, and an indicator light (it flashes red for notifications, glows amber while charging, and green when the tablet is fully charged).

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the right side you can see the volume rocker, power button and hidden trays for a SIM card (microSIM format) and a microSDHC memory card.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

At the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone hole (if I understand correctly).

The back is made of aluminum, with the exception of two white plastic inserts. The combination of aluminum and matte white plastic looks great, Huawei can only be commended for such a choice.

Huawei MediaPad X1

On the back there is an external speaker (it has a good volume margin) and a 13 MP camera eye with a flash.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

The build quality of the tablet is excellent, there can be no complaints.

One of the main features of this tablet is its compact dimensions compared to other seven-inch devices (184x104x7 mm, 239 grams). And although the X1 looks more like a phablet than a tablet, the company's opinion on this matter is unambiguous - this is a compact tablet, not a phablet.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Acer Liquid S2 и Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Asus Nexus 7 2013

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro

Huawei MediaPad X1

В сравнении с Nokia Lumia 1520

Когда я первый раз увидел Х1 вживую, то, честно говоря, был приятно удивлен. Размеры этого устройства можно смело сравнить с шестидюймовой электронной книгой.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Screen

The display diagonal is seven inches, the resolution is 1920x1200 pixels, the matrix type is IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, multi-touch is supported up to ten simultaneous touches. In the settings you can change the color temperature of the screen.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

The MediaPad X1 has an excellent display with close to maximum viewing angles, good brightness margin and excellent image clarity (especially noticeable when viewing small text). This screen can be safely compared with the Nexus 7 2013 display - they are on the same level.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Thin side frames produce a “wow effect” on an unprepared user, this solution looks undeniably great. However, Huawei cheated a little: if you look closely, you will notice that the display itself does not start immediately after the frames, but after half a millimeter. By the way, LG did the same in G2.

Huawei MediaPad X1

An unobvious "chip" of the device was the inclusion with a double tap on the screen. Despite the fact that this feature in Huawei was clearly spied on by LG, it did not get worse.

Offline work

The tablet has a non-removable battery, Li-Ion battery capacity is 5000 mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of playing video for 25 hours, is in standby mode up to 800 hours. To begin with, the battery charging time with a complete charger is about 4 hours.

It is not clear how the manufacturer managed to achieve 25 hours of video playback, all experiments with HD videos and average screen brightness gave a result of 10-12 hours at most. That is, at the level of current models - there is no increase, and it cannot be. The real time when used as a tablet is at the level of other devices, for example, the Nexus 7 of 2013. If you use the device for calls and the Internet, then it lasts an average of 2 days, which is also expected. Using it as a tablet will give you 4-5 days of work. I emphasize that these are expected results, there is nothing special here.

Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1 Huawei MediaPad X1

Camera

The tablet has two cameras: the main 13 MP and the front 5 MP. Below I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the pictures from the device. They are quite good on bright days, the pictures are blurry indoors, not always perfect. The built-in LED flash doesn't really save the day. This is clearly not an ideal device in terms of camera, but it outperforms many Chinese models.

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Wireless interfaces

The tablet has a full set of wireless modules: Wi-Fi (b/g/n). Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and even support for Russian LTE frequencies.

Performance, memory, chipset

Together with the tablet, Huawei also introduced its new HiSilicon Kirin K910 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. Mali-450MP is used as a video accelerator. If you remember, the weak point of the previous generation of processors was precisely the weak video accelerator, because of this it was impossible to play top games. With the transition to Mali-450MP, this problem was completely solved (only the lack of support for OpenGL 3.0 is frustrating).

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The amount of RAM is 2 GB, the capacity of the internal drive is 16 GB, about 12 GB is available to the user, there is support for memory cards up to 64 GB. Let me also remind you that in all new Huawei devices there is an option to replace the internal memory with a memory card, thanks to this you can store the cache of heavy games on the card and not worry about the small amount of internal memory.

When it comes to tablet speed, commercial samples perform noticeably worse than prototypes. So, in moving through the menu, you can see the slowdown, which is not on the iPad or a similar level of Android tablets. This is not in games or applications, but the brakes are observed in the interface, and they are of a random nature.

Operating system

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 with Emotion UI 2.0 pre-installed. The interface has changed a bit in the new version of the shell, so let's talk about it a little more.

Firstly, all the icons are slightly "rounded", for standard applications this solution looks great, but the icons of third-party applications in gray rounded frames look, to put it mildly, so-so.

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Secondly, we redesigned the notification shade. Finally, the brightness adjustment slider appeared, and the switches are now hidden, leaving only five pieces (previously there was horizontal scrolling, as in TouchWiz).

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Among other features, I will once again note the hiding of on-screen buttons. I really like this option since the days of Huawei Mate, I'm glad that the company managed to bring it back despite Google's claims. Thanks to this automatic hiding, the on-screen buttons will not bother you when playing games, watching videos or reading.

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As a reminder, the tablet supports voice calls, however, when making a call, a tiny photo is displayed on the large seven-inch screen.

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Of other features - the presence of quite interesting themes, various additional settings in the shell - most of them are familiar to other Huawei products, there is nothing unique for the market as a whole.

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At a price of 15,000 rubles, in the minds of consumers, this model will compete with the iPad Mini of all modifications and will clearly lose to it. This can be seen in the sales of the Galaxy Tab, these tablets are often more functional, but cannot compete with the iPad at the same price point. For Huawei, this situation is repeated in a more difficult version - there is no noticeable advertising and PR, the consumer simply does not know this product. As a result, we can expect a fairly quick price drop, in the fall it can already amount to 12-13 thousand rubles, which will make this model more attractive. But here we must understand that today, in terms of price / quality ratio, it is not bad, although not ideal. Emotionally, the device turned out to be dry - it seems that everything is in it, but something is missing. It is worth choosing it from your real needs - in my opinion, if you need a phone, then it will have to be in the yard. And it can be considered as a phablet, as a tablet it is not so profitable.

Huawei MediaPad X1 tablet review

Huawei is trying hard to convince themselves and everyone around them that the MediaPad X1 is a tablet and has nothing to do with phablets. The question is philosophical, since the device is quite large. Still, 7 inches is 7 inches, and it's inconvenient to talk like that. On the other hand, there are similar models in the phablet segment, and this is a matter of their positioning. The manufacturer is trying to get into tablets with this model, but here, it seems to me, his chances are small - for 15,000 rubles you can buy an iPad Mini Retina, albeit without support for cellular networks. And this device from Huawei initially has it, plus it allows you to make calls, write SMS. A sort of universal solution, which, as is typical, is exactly the price of tablets, and not smartphones at all. A stupid situation has developed on the market, when a decent smartphone costs from 20,000 rubles, and a completely similar tablet with a large diagonal costs 20-25 percent less. Logic cannot explain this, since the cost of the components in the tablet is higher, this is solely positioning on the part of the company.

Despite the fact that the Huawei brand is known in the market, it is impossible to say that its strength will allow mass sales of the MediaPad X1. Plans for the sale of this device in Russia are truly Napoleonic, but they are unlikely to come true. This device is well suited to those who are looking for a tablet with good functionality and full phone support, for some reason do not want to consider Samsung's Galaxy Tab. In terms of cost, this solution is at the level of similar solutions from top companies. In my opinion, offering a person an Apple iPad and Huawei MediaPad X1 for the same amount, we will get a very definite result, and the choice will not be in favor of Huawei. The same applies to the comparison with Samsung. Therefore, the choice of this device should be approached carefully and weigh the pros and cons.

This review builds largely on the first look we did back in February, expanding and adding to it based on a month and a half of use.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

Someone will say that the new X1 is similar to the iPad Mini, and they will be partially right. Indeed, the novelty has a lot in common with small tablets from Apple: aluminum body, silver metal edging, white color, after all. But personally, this tablet reminds me of its longtime predecessor, Huawei MediaPad.

The front part is almost completely occupied by a seven-inch display with small frames around it. In my memory, this is one of the first tablets with such thin frames, not only on the sides, but on the top / bottom.

Above the screen are a speaker, light/proximity sensors, and an indicator light (it flashes red for notifications, glows amber while charging, and green when the tablet is fully charged).

On the right side you can see the volume rocker, power button and hidden trays for a SIM card (microSIM format) and a microSDHC memory card.

At the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone hole (if I understand correctly).

The back is made of aluminum, with the exception of two white plastic inserts. The combination of aluminum and matte white plastic looks great, Huawei can only be commended for such a choice.

On the back there is an external speaker (it has a good volume margin) and a 13 MP camera eye with a flash.

The build quality of the tablet is excellent, there can be no complaints.

One of the main features of this tablet is its compact dimensions compared to other seven-inch devices (184x104x7 mm, 239 grams). And although the X1 looks more like a phablet than a tablet, the company's opinion on this matter is unambiguous - this is a compact tablet, not a phablet.

Compared to Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Acer Liquid S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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When I first saw X1 live, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. The dimensions of this device can be safely compared with a six-inch e-book.

Screen

The display diagonal is seven inches, the resolution is 1920x1200 pixels, the matrix type is IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, multi-touch is supported up to ten simultaneous touches. In the settings you can change the color temperature of the screen.

The MediaPad X1 has an excellent display with close to maximum viewing angles, good brightness margin and excellent image clarity (especially noticeable when viewing small text). This screen can be safely compared with the Nexus 7 2013 display - they are on the same level.

Thin side frames produce a “wow effect” on an unprepared user, this solution looks undeniably great. However, Huawei cheated a little: if you look closely, you will notice that the display itself does not start immediately after the frames, but after half a millimeter. By the way, LG did the same in G2.

An unobvious "chip" of the device was the inclusion with a double tap on the screen. Despite the fact that this feature in Huawei was clearly spied on by LG, it did not get worse.

Offline work

The tablet has a non-removable battery, Li-Ion battery capacity is 5000 mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of playing video for 25 hours, is in standby mode up to 800 hours. To begin with, the battery charging time with a complete charger is about 4 hours.

It is not clear how the manufacturer managed to achieve 25 hours of video playback, all experiments with HD videos and average screen brightness gave a result of 10-12 hours at most. That is, at the level of current models - there is no increase, and it cannot be. The real time when used as a tablet is at the level of other devices, for example, the Nexus 7 of 2013. If you use the device for calls and the Internet, then it lasts an average of 2 days, which is also expected. Using it as a tablet will give you 4-5 days of work. I emphasize that these are expected results, there is nothing special here.

Camera

The tablet has two cameras: the main 13 MP and the front 5 MP. Below I suggest that you familiarize yourself with the pictures from the device. They are quite good on bright days, the pictures are blurry indoors, not always perfect. The built-in LED flash doesn't really save the day. This is clearly not an ideal device in terms of camera, but it outperforms many Chinese models.

Wireless interfaces

The tablet has a full set of wireless modules: Wi-Fi (b/g/n). Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and even support for Russian LTE frequencies.

Performance, memory, chipset

Together with the tablet, Huawei also introduced its new HiSilicon Kirin K910 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz. Mali-450MP is used as a video accelerator. If you remember, the weak point of the previous generation of processors was precisely the weak video accelerator, because of this it was impossible to play top games. With the transition to Mali-450MP, this problem was completely solved (only the lack of support for OpenGL 3.0 is frustrating).

The amount of RAM is 2 GB, the capacity of the internal drive is 16 GB, about 12 GB is available to the user, there is support for memory cards up to 64 GB. Let me also remind you that in all new Huawei devices there is an option to replace the internal memory with a memory card, thanks to this you can store the cache of heavy games on the card and not worry about the small amount of internal memory.

When it comes to tablet speed, commercial samples perform noticeably worse than prototypes. So, in moving through the menu, you can see the slowdown, which is not on the iPad or a similar level of Android tablets. This is not in games or applications, but the brakes are observed in the interface, and they are of a random nature.

Operating system

The tablet runs Android 4.2.2 with Emotion UI 2.0 pre-installed. The interface has changed a bit in the new version of the shell, so let's talk about it a little more.

Firstly, all the icons are slightly "rounded", for standard applications this solution looks great, but the icons of third-party applications in gray rounded frames look, to put it mildly, so-so.

Secondly, the notification shade has been redesigned. Finally, the brightness slider appeared, and the switches are now hidden, leaving only five pieces (previously there was horizontal scrolling, as in TouchWiz).

Among other features, I will once again note the hiding of on-screen buttons. I really like this option since the days of Huawei Mate, I'm glad that the company managed to bring it back despite Google's claims. Thanks to this automatic hiding, the on-screen buttons will not bother you when playing games, watching videos or reading.

As a reminder, the tablet supports voice calls, however, when making a call, a tiny photo is displayed on the large seven-inch screen.

Of other features - the presence of quite interesting themes, various additional settings in the shell - most of them are familiar to other Huawei products, there is nothing unique for the market as a whole.

Impressions

In terms of connection quality, there are no complaints about the device, and the presence of 3G makes it quite interesting. Keep in mind that the device can actually make calls and receive SMS, which the iPad does not have. On the other hand, other Android tablets can also do this, and this is a plus for them.

The device turned out to be pretty, the only complaint is slowdowns in the menu, which sometimes irritate Mercedes-benz. It is not very clear whether there will be an update to the latest versions of Android, most likely not or later. But this has already become familiar to most Android devices.

The device turned out to be pretty, from complaints only slowdowns in the menu, which sometimes Mercedes-benz mercedes-benz annoying. It is not very clear whether there will be an update to the latest versions of Android, most likely not or later. But this has already become familiar to most Android devices.

At a price of 15,000 rubles, in the minds of consumers, this model will compete with the iPad Mini of all modifications and will clearly lose to it. This can be seen in the sales of the Galaxy Tab, these tablets are often more functional, but cannot compete with the iPad at the same price point. For Huawei, this situation is repeated in a more difficult version - there is no noticeable advertising and PR, the consumer simply does not know this product. As a result, we can expect a fairly quick price drop, in the fall it can already amount to 12-13 thousand rubles, which will make this model more attractive. But here we must understand that today, in terms of price / quality ratio, it is not bad, although not ideal. Emotionally, the device turned out to be dry - it seems that everything is in it, but something is missing. It is worth choosing it from your real needs - in my opinion, if you need a phone, then it will have to be in the yard. And it can be considered as a phablet, as a tablet it is not so profitable.