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Huawei unveils 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet

The device, which will be called Media Pad, will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and support full 1080p HD video playback.

Huawei's MediaPad
Huawei's MediaPad

Chinese telecom heavyweight Huawei has announced a new 7-inch tablet.

The device, called MediaPad, will come with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and will support full 1080p HD video playback. The device will ship with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, boasting auto-focus and HD video recording. The MediaPad will feature Wi-Fi and HSPA+ (14.4Mbps) connectivity.

The platform will be what Huawei calls the "world's first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet." Android 3.2 will reportedly feature the same functionality as Android 3.1, but will be optimized for the 7-inch display.

The MediaPad isn't Huawei's first foray in the tablet space. Earlier this year, the company unveiled another 7-inch tablet running Android, called the Ideos S7 Slim. That device is running Android 2.2 (Froyo).

Huawei's MediaPad is joining an increasingly crowded tablet space with Motorola, Samsung, RIM, and others all jostling for position. However, those companies are trying to catch up to Apple, which said earlier this month that it has sold 25 million iPads since that tablet's launch last year.

Android tablets, meanwhile, have had some difficulty attracting customers, and last month, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, gave several reasons for the trouble Android devices are experiencing in the marketplace.

"It's a point-of-sales problem. It's an expertise-at-retail problem. It's a marketing problem to consumers. It is a price-point problem," he said.

Huawei did not immediately respond to request for information on the MediaPad's pricing and availability.