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Huawei's 8-inch MediaPad T1 has 5-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.3, and costs $189 (hands-on)

The budget MediaPad T1 tablet is now available for purchase on Huawei's online site and Amazon for $189.

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Though it already launched the device globally last year, China-based mobile manufacturer Huawei has begun selling its MediaPad T1 tablet through its online store portal and e-commerce giant Amazon. It is available unlocked for $189 (£120 and AU$232, converted).

Prior to this, interested buyers could only purchase the device offline in big box retail stores.

The MediaPad T1 sports a sleek metal trim and a soft aluminum backing. It's equipped with an 8-inch display and a 1,280x800-pixel resolution. That's not exactly razor-sharp, but during my brief time with it I observed that the screen's 188 pixels per inch was enough to display images, text and icons legibly. In addition, the screen is a tad dim, with only 300 nits of brightness.

Powering the device is a 1.2GHz quad-core A7 processor and a 4,800mAh battery. For all your photo needs, there is a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, while the front houses a 0.3-megapixel shooter.

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 right edge of the tablet, covered by a small plastic tab.

The MediaPad T1 runs a rather dated version of Google Android's mobile operating system -- v4.3 Jelly Bean. Layered on top is Huawei's Emotion user interface, which comes with different display themes to choose from.

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