An impressive display of hardware quality in a gigantic phone form factor

Huawei is making a big deal about its latest huge phone, the MediaPad X1, here at MWC 2014. Yes, this 7-inch device is technically a phone, but Huawei is marketing it more as an intersecting point of phones and tablets. We've seen Sony do it with the Z Ultra and Samsung with the Galaxy Mega, and now it's Huawei's turn.

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This is basically just a gigantic phone, with little to make it easy to use one-handed. Huawei does its best by offering small bezels — less than 3mm on the left and right sides — and extreme thinness of 7.18mm. It accomplishes this thickness with an impressive build quality of an all-glass front and aluminum back and sides that uses an interesting nanotechnology to keep it rigid.

On the inside, Huawei is going with a relatively unknown Kirin 910 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM — in our time with the device the UI seems snappy and fluid with not a single slowdown. The display comes in at an impressive 1200 x 1920 and looks absolutely great to our eyes with solid viewing angles and colors. Huawei is still doing some weird things with its interface that keep icons and settings overly-colorful to our eyes, but if you know its interface than you'll feel at home here.

Stick around for a closer look at the phone, including video, after the break.

The rest of the device rounds out just like most of Huawei's other devices — a 13MP Sony Exmor R camera on the rear and wide-angle 5MP camera on the front, a few new camera modes and the ability to charge other devices off the USB port. The hardware design is a step in the right directon for Huawei and really feels like a more premium device. The software still needs some work, we think, but is also heading in the right direction.

Huawei says that the MediaPad X1 will be coming to China, Russia, Western Europe, Middle East, Japan and Latin America in four colors starting in March. The price is an impressively-low €399, and we'll have more pricing details as they become available.

 
There are 47 comments

thatguy97 says:

Fire hose

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robertd0619 says:

Humongous Hand. Lol. Made that 7incher look like 5. Hahahahaha.

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It stretched my hand pretty well.

Chanlion says:

Not big enough. I'm going to see if I can get one of these for myself anyways.

I'm sorry but it comes a time where the phone can't be but so big, I have a Note 3 and honestly the size is perfect, if samsung makes it any bigger on the Note 4 I'm out lol I'll probably grab the S5 at that point. This thing is huge and I can't see anybody rockin this in public.

MERCDROID says:

I'd use it in public as a phone. But, then again, I use a bluetooth headset most of the time, and I don't really care what other people think anyways.

And, more likely than not, you should expect the Note 4 to increase in screen size, probably to the same 5.9 inches that the G2 PRO is.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

scaots says:

Hooray for 16:10 display! I would be interested in trying this, but guessing that it would be just a little too big for a phone and would just be on tablet duty.

eyesparky says:

It seems like a pretty good tablet, that happens to have phone capability. Something that can be pretty useful.

kelayz says:

Agreed. To me it seems like you wouldn't use it as a main phone. More of put your Sim into it for certain occasions and use it as a on the go data tablet that can text or call if you want to and a good form factor for its size.

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MERCDROID says:

I'd use it as my main phone. I do realize that I'm in the minority, though.

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spock123 says:

So would I

JetskiMark says:

Impressively thin bezels. I wish the bezels on my Nexus 7 (2013) were that thin.

Agreed, the one thing i hope is greatly reduced in the next Nexus tablet...

the big print giveth, the small print taketh

eagle865 says:

Came here to say that this is what the next nexus 7 should be

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If these come stateside, I'll replace it with my N7.

the big print giveth, the small print taketh

MERCDROID says:

That would be nice. But, I don't expect these to come stateside. The carriers think they'll cannibalize sales of tablets and "phablets." And, you know what, they might be right, lol.

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jackwagon06 says:

I wish that the note8.0 had the phone in the states. Work, play, and communication in one device. Heck with it, put a phone in the note 12.2! Im off to the pawn shop to pick up a 80's boombox! Lol

Morley Boyd says:

Oh you want work play and communication on one device??? Grab a Z30 (yes that is tight the beast from blackberry). SENT Via my so very shiny so very awesome so very blackberry Z30

jackwagon06 says:

Tight you say?

MERCDROID says:

I'm guessing, he meant "quite?"

Either way, unless you're a hardcore fan of Blackberry, the Z30, as capable as it is, probably won't be on-par with some of the hardware that's going to be introduced at Mobile World Congress.

drokssilva says:

I think this tab is great. But I'd rather it be 8 inches, that's is the best size for a tab. After using a iPad mini, I realize that the 1 inch bigger screen makes a difference.

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A895 says:

This is a phone + tab though.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, true. But, I can agree with him on that regarding tablets. The extra 1 inch of screen space makes a BIG difference.

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tr-1 says:

I wouldn't mind having this as a tablet (since it's so small). Hopefully there will be dev support to flash it

someguy01234 says:

I like the Meego icons.

Guess it's go big or go home lol

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Taz89 says:

Wish the nexus 7 had bezels like that so we could have a bigger screen in same size.

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Saturn1217 says:

If they made this a wifi only tablet, kept the specs but removed the cameras so that the price can be reduced to around nexus 7 territory i would be interested. A tablet like this could make a superb ereader/gaming device.

DannyHeard says:

Just too big

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MERCDROID says:

That's what she said.

(Sorry, somebody was going to say it. May as well be me, right?)

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drokssilva says:

Yep. At least it wasn't me!

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amrovi2014 says:

You are so funny

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MERCDROID says:

Thanks =)

breadfan758 says:

Now that is the form factor a 7 inch tablet should have. I would definitely buy one as a secondary device.

mtmerrick says:

Sold. US LTE support? Maybe? Or pentaband hspa+? I'd hate to have to go with AT&T to use this.

I would have no problem using the nexus 7v2 as a phone (though the note 8 and tab 3 7 were a bit too big). This seems perfect.

randyw says:

Article from Android Authority says No plans for a North American release.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, and to be honest, that doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

RaiderWill says:

The "Must Have" phone of 2014.. 7mm, Aluminum, Super Saturated Colors, On Screen Buttons, Quad-Core CPu and Black...
Wow.. I don't care what the cost is... Done.

Gekko says:

i would like to see it in the front pocket of a pair of jeans. the "front pocket jeans test" is my test for "too big" or not. this test should be standard for all phablet video reviews.

XChrisX says:

As much as I love a massive phone with my Galaxy Note 3. I need my phone to be pocketable. The day my phone is no longer pocketable, is the day I trade down to a normal size phone again. So far the Galaxy Note 3 has been perfect!

Technoboy#CB says:

I haven't seen anywhere yet speak to the 3G bands this will use? Any idea? I don't have LTE in my country only 3G/HSPA+ but only certain bands are supported.

eszklar says:

Don't care about this. What I do care about would be the 2nd generation Samsung International Note 8 that would do true telephony much like the 1st Generation. With the 8.4 Tab PRO specs as well.

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rookiegenius says:

don't be that guy holding this thing to his ear....

Good job HUAWEI :) You've provided us the prototype of what's cooking in Apple's Kitchen.

cegc135 says:

That's not a phone. Period.

Anzio Mozie says:

Impressive bezels.

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jmbburg26 says:

As crazy as it sounds, I would like to play with one. I use the LG Tone+ most times when I'm talking on the phone and carry a Nexus 7. This could be both. Interesting....

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