Targeting the low-end market, Huawei has introduced a range of gadgets to lure Africa’s consumers.
The latest entrant to the media tablets is the Huawei Media tab7 lite. Released in September 2012, the tab joins Asus’ Google Nexus tab and Samsung Galaxy 7 tab in the race for the market.
At a cost of Sh24,999, the tablet provides a low cost option for consumers compared to Samsung Tab 7 and Nexus, which retail at between Sh30,000 and Sh40,000.
It is the successor to the Huawei Ideos S7 slim running on Android OS version 2.2 (froyo) and has been available in the market since April 2011 retailing at Sh19,999.
The tablet runs on ice-cream sandwich 4.0.4 OS, a lesser version than Nexus which is the only tab in the market pre-installed with Android Jelly bean 4.1.
However, manufacturers have put in place the option of an upgrade from Sandwich to Jelly bean for the Samsung Tab 7. The Huawei tablet comes fitted with two cameras, a front camera (one megapixel) and a back camera (3.15 megapixels).
Designed for the African market, where wireless is not as common, the tab has a SIM card slot which allows you to use the service providers network and also has a memory card slot.
This is unlike the Asus Nexus which relies on Wi-Fi to power its Internet-based applications and does not have provisions for a memory card.
It has 8GB Internet memory with a 1GB RAM which allows for a microSD of up to 32GB and comes in black or silver.
However, it has two main shortcomings; its weight at 370g makes it the heaviest in its class. The makers of the cellular tab also failed to grasp the essence of charge storage. The device on heavy use can only store charge for six hours which is almost half that of the Samsung Tab.
What it lacks in battery life it makes up for in display. The IPS-LCD screen technology which has wider angles for display allows for a flawless image on the screen at whichever angle and lower power consumption. Technology for its screen is similar to what is used by Apple.
Making up for its flaws, the mediapad has the functionality of a phone and the efficiency of a small computer.
The gadget comes in handy as a mobile office where you can text, chat, make calls with the added advantage of a 7 inch screen about 2 inches larger than a Samsung Galaxy s3.