Huawei, a chinese company I know for their 3G USB dongles, joins the Android tablet carrousel. They presented a promising tablet prototype at the MWC in Barcelona, the Huawei SmaKit S7.
Unfortunately we don’t know all details about it yet. I couldn’t find any information, what processor they have chosen, how much RAM they added and I have no idea about price and release date. But we know that it comes with a docking station including remote control, that it has a 7-Inch wide screen, and that it is really fast, as you can see in this video of Charbax from armdevices.net who spotted it at the MWC:
So these are the specifications as they are known until now:
|Specs||Huawei SmaKit S7|
|Screen||7″ / 800 x 480 16:9 / WVGA / 260.000 colors / touch screen|
|Storage||4GB built-in / microSDHC card slot / connect to USB storage devices through Dock|
|A/V Input||Front 2 Million Pixel CMOS Camera for Videochat|
|A/V Output||HDMI 720p Video Out through Dock / Audio jacks on Dock / Composite Video Out|
|Network||WLAN / 3G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900Mhz) / Bluetooth 2.1|
|Connectors||2x USB Out through dock /|
|Battery||Lithium Ion / up to 4 hours HDMI video|
|Extras||Dock / Customized Software / Remote Control for Dock / Android 1.6 (later Versions 2.1) / Stylus included /|
I really like the speed of this device, it seems to be pretty fast. To include a HDMI-Out in the dock seems to be a clever solution, as you won’t use that in a train while going to work. I also like the possibilities to connect to other USB storage devices. The design is well done, it looks nifty and clean.
Also, they did a good job on the customized UI, a point that could really be worth a second look on any Android tablet. Huawei’s Interface is just clever.
The prototype runs on Android 1.6, but they want to bring it to 2.1 later.
I just wonder why they included a stylus. That could mean that it has a resistive touchscreen. As you see in other articles, these are not as comfortable as the capacitive screens, as they react on pressure and not on a simple touch.
So let’s hope they add a capacitive one, to make this nice tablet complete.
UPDATE May 25, 2010: There’s a new hands-on video on Huawei’s SmaKit S7. Look at the nice work they did on customizing their Android surface: