Chinese manufacturer Huawei launched its Ideos S7 Slim tablet in SA at a function held yesterday at the Design District, Rosebank. Armed with a below average retail price of between R3200 to R3600, this 7” tablet is trying to carve a niche for itself in the same size category as the BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer.
Running a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512 MB worth of RAM, Huawei’s new tablet is both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled and, just like the Samsung Tab, users are able to make calls with the device too.
Striking is the tablet’s strange height at 109 mm compared to the PlayBook’s more standard 130 mm. It gives the tablet a slightly elongated appearance even though its width is basically the same. Its screen resolution stands at 800 x 480, which is below par compared to other devices, with HTC’s Flyer for example displaying at 1024 x 600 pixels.
Although only about 4 GB of onboard storage is provided, a microSD card slot allows for memory expansion. Also onboard is a mini HDMI port to connect the device to a HDTV or monitor. The S7 Slim includes a 2200 mAh battery, with Huawei claiming around five hours of heavy use.
As an Android device the S7 Slim has access to Android Market to buy apps, with a number of games coming preinstalled, including Need for Speed SHIFT, Angry Birds RIO and Samurai II: Vengeance.
Huawei might not be a familiar name for many South Africans, despite the fact that the company first entered the SA market in 1998. The company was established in Shenzen, China in 1988 and provides next- generation telecommunication solutions for operators around the world. A number of the Red Bull Mobile devices currently available in SA, including the HD, is actually Huawei devices.