The Huawei MediaPad X2 is a phablet in the truest sense of the term. Anything with a screen over 5.2 inches or so is generally classified as a tablet but Huawei’s latest monster measures in at a mind-blowing seven inches. A follow-up to the original MediaPad, it’s actually classified as a tablet by Huawei but the fact that it has an earpiece and makes phone calls still means it’s a smartphone in my book.
Measuring 7.28mm thick, the MediaPad X2’s 1080p IPS display (323 PPI) is powered by a 64-bit Kirin 930 octa-core processor (2GHz x 4 + 1.5GHz x 4) and Mali-T628+ i3 graphics. There’s up to 3GB of RAM on tap and up to 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot) in addition to a 13-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calls.
Other features include dual 4G SIM slots, dual 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
With such a massive footprint, you’d expect room for a large battery which is exactly what you get in the 5,000mAh lithium polymer unit. Huawei claims it’ll provide 24 hours of standby time, a recharge time of 3.5 hours and a reverse charging feature that effectively turns the X2 into a portable battery charger for other devices.
If you’re looking for a huge smartphone that’s also a very slim tablet, the Huawei MediaPad X2 could be for you. It will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the company’s Emotion UI 3.0 overlay.
No word yet on pricing and availability.