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The affordable MediaPad T1 tablet

A sleek design

Slimming profile

The front-facing camera

A 5-megapixel shooter in the back

Running Android Jelly Bean

Emotion UI skinned on top

Expandable storage up to 32GB

Wi-Fi and network data connectivity

Hitting a low price bracket

Though it launched globally last year, the Huawei MediaPad T1 tablet is now available through the mobile company's online store portal and e-commerce giant Amazon. It is selling for $189 (£120 and AU$232, converted) unlocked.

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$189.00 MSRP

The device sports a sleek metal trim and a soft silver aluminum backing.

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$189.00 MSRP

The tablet measures 8.29 inches tall and 5.02 inches wide (210.6 x 127.7mm), and has a slim 0.3-inch profile (7.9mm).

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$189.00 MSRP

On the front of the MediaPad T1 is a 0.3-megapixel shooter.

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$189.00 MSRP

The rear houses an 5-megapixel camera.

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$189.00 MSRP

The device runs a rather dated version of Google Android's mobile operating system -- 4.3 Jelly Bean (as of now, Google has released version 5.0 Lollipop and later updates).

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$189.00 MSRP

Layered on top of the Android OS is Huawei's Emotion user interface, which comes with different display themes to choose from.

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$189.00 MSRP

Other features include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard memory, and up to 32GB of expandable storage. Users can find the microSD card slot on the edge of the tablet.

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$189.00 MSRP

In addition to being Wi-Fi enabled, the device is equipped with 2G and 3G connectivity, so you can input a data SIM card from a network provider.

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$189.00 MSRP

Though its specs aren't top-of-the line, the MediaPad T1's clean design and sub-$200 price tag gives it the potential to be a decent budget tablet. Check out more of CNET's tablet coverage here.

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$189.00 MSRP
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