Huawei MediaPad X1

The Good Its skinny metal body looks and feels luxurious, it has a bright and bold display, decent battery life and its camera can snap some good pictures too. Pop in a 4G LTE SIM card and you can use the tablet exactly as you would use a phone.

The Bad It's running on an outdated version of Android and Huawei's Emotion interface makes the tablet often rather sluggish and irritating to navigate.

The Bottom Line Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 3.0
6.0 Overall

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Review

A sleek but flawed 4G LTE Android slate

When does a phone become a tablet? Is it all about the size or is there more to it? With the MediaPad X1, Huawei has blurred the line more than ever. Huawei swears blind that this 7-inch Android device is a tablet, but it also has a SIM card slot that provides 4G LTE data as well as letting you make calls and send SMS messages -- functioning, essentially, as a phone.

As well as its phone skills, the X1 packs a Full HD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, an attractive metal body and a 13-megapixel camera.

It's due to hit stores in the UK later in the year, although Huawei has so far only given an estimated price of €399 (£330, $550), which isn't exactly dirt cheap. It has a decent lineup of specs, but it's going to need those if it really hopes to take sales from Apple's iPad mini or the much more affordable Google Nexus 7.

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