Huawei last night (7 November) unveiled its latest own-brand smartphone, the Vision, and its first tablet, the MediaPad. It also announced the creation of a new design hub based in London to help it drive the products and ideas of the future.
The Vision follows Huawei’s first own-brand device, the Blaze, and will be available before Christmas from Phones 4u with other retail partners and operators expected to be confirmed for early 2012. It will be free on contracts for around £25 per month.
The smartphone runs on Android Gingerbread 2.1 and uses a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor. It features a customisable user interface with easily explored home screen panels that can be seen as a 3D carousel. It supports 720p video recording and playback, features a five-megapixel camera and comes in a lightweight aluminium alloy unibody.
The seven-inch MediaPad tablet uses the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 1080p full HD video recording and playback. The device will be available in the UK through retailers and operators from Q1 2012. The Wi-Fi version is expected to sell for around £275.
The tablet features an HDMI port, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a five-megapixel auto-focus rear-facing camera with HD video recording. It allows 14.4Mbps HSPA+ and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity. It has a six hour battery life. The device supports Flash 10.3.
Huawei also announced that it has chosen London to be a dedicated design hub, as the UK and the rest of Europe has a strong creative track record that the company wants to tap into. Its role will be to deliver groundbreaking design thinking and solutions in the European smartphone market.