Huawei launches Ascend G6, MediaPad X1 and M1, TalkBand B1 wearable
Coming in to today’s Huawei MWC event, we thought we had a decent understanding of the sort of hardware the manufacturer had in store: a phone (if not two), two tablets, and a smartwatch. Leaks already outed details on some of those models, but we still needed confirmation. Today, Huawei announces its new spread of hardware, and it largely conforms to our expectations.
For starters, we’ve got the Ascend G6 smartphone. As we previously heard, it will feature a qHD display, now confirmed as a 4.5-inch component. Look for a quad-core 1.2GHz SoC, 2000mAh battery, and an eight-megapixel Sony camera with five-megapixel front-facer. As rumored, the handset will be a thin 7.5mm, but that’s only for the 3G version – an LTE-Cat4-equipped model will follow it, thickening-up to 7.85mm. So far, we’ve only heard about European pricing, which should be about 250 euros (345 USD).
As for tablets, Huawei confirms the MediaPad X1 we heard rumored, as well as the MediaPad M1. The X1 is a seven-inch tablet, though one Huawei claims is the narrowest and lightest available: it measures just under 104mm wide and has a mass of 239g; for comparison, the latest Nexus 7 is 114mm wide and has a mass of 290g. It gets a 1.6GHz quad-core SoC, good-sized 5000mAh battery, an aluminum frame, and a 1920 x 1200 resolution for its panel. While there’s only 16GB of internal storage, microSD is supported for expansion. Around back you’ll find a big 13MP camera, with a 5MP shooter up front. Even with this small size, there’s global LTE support (not to mention voice), and like the Ascend G6, the X1 supports high-speed Cat 4. The X1 will sell for about 400 euros (550 USD).
The MediaPad M1, though at eight inches, larger than the X1, is a lower-end tablet. It sports only a 1280 x 800 display, its cameras are 5MP and 1MP, and it has a 4800mAh battery. It will run a 1.6GHz quad-core SoC and will sell for nearly 300 euros (415 USD).
Finally, there’s the “smartwatch,” and just like we saw in that early pic, it sure looks a lot more like a fitness tracker than anything like the Gear 2. The TalkBand B1, as Huawei calls it, also behaves much like such a tracker, measuring footsteps, monitoring sleeping patterns, and letting you record calories. The battery is a tiny 90mAh component, but you should expect to get a little under a week’s worth of usage per charge. The B1’s neatest trick also explains why it looked so darn chunky earlier: the display portion pops out of the wrist band and functions as a wireless Bluetooth earpiece. While certainly unusual, that’s an interesting new twist on what we can expect from wearables. Like the rest of these products, sales of the B1 should begin this quarter, with broader international ability following a little later this year. Look for its price to be about 100 euros (140 USD).