Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite

5.9/10 AVG.
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5.9/10
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The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite currently has an Informr score of 5.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Here’s a name you probably never thought you’d come across in the 7-inch tablet market: Huawei. As it continues its uphill battle in the world of smartphones, the Chinese company is also trying to get a piece of the low-cost tablet pie. This is essentially what it’s trying to do with the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite. How does it compare with the competition?

Currently, there are close to a dozen different mainstream models available in the 7-inch tablet category. And then there are the hundreds of different small form factor tablets from white box manufacturers that hail mostly from China. Huawei sets its MediaPad 7 Lite apart by adding not just the typical set of wireless connectivity options—Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS—but also built-in 3G connectivity. It can be used as a phone with any working SIM card. The only caveat here is that you need to use either the loudspeaker or headphones during calls because it doesn’t have an earpiece.

Other than that, the specs seem normal, albeit quite unimpressive. To keep costs low, it uses a single core CPU, comes with only 8GB of internal storage, and has a rather weak 4,100mAh battery—it can only last for around 4-5 hours per charge. In addition, its IPS screen’s native resolution is only 1024x600 pixels, and the built-in camera performance leaves a lot to be desired.

With all of that said, all this might still be excused, had it not been for the launch of the Google Nexus 7. But with the existence of much better options at more affordable prices, we think buying the MediaPad 7 Lite makes little sense.

Need to Know: Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite

1. Built-in 3G connectivity enables users to make phone calls. (The Good)

2. Uses a unibody design. (The Good)

3. Expensive despite having not-so-impressive specs. (The Bad)

4. Short battery life. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Geek Squad

If you're looking for a functional tablet that doesn't break the bank, the Mediapad 7 Lite won't disappoint. However, the lower price tag does mean less power, and may cause problems if speed is your goal.

- Agent Naish, Geek Squad
Coolsmartphone

Inside this tablet you’ll find Google Books. This, plus a few apps, is about as much as this particular tablet can do. The 1GHz CPU really struggles with browsing especially. I found that nearly every website I went to struggled to render in any sort of acceptable time. Good looks, great...

- Leigh Geary, Coolsmartphone
The Mobile Indian

The tablet is not performance-oriented as the name suggests, but somehow it fails to deliver on even our reduced expectations with a very laggy show. It does have very good build quality and is on offer at a reasonable price. Even with the kind of performance it does deliver you get a good device fo...

- Nilabh Jha, The Mobile Indian
AndroidSPIN

So we still don’t know when this is launching or how much it will cost. Whatever they do, I would stay clear of this device at all costs. There are far better choices in the 7 inch tablet world and Huawei is late to the party. Not only are they late, but they have released a device that feels...

- Simon Walker, AndroidSPIN
Android Authority

The MediaPad 7 Lite is a mixed bag. The tablet has a solid build, is able to withstand mishandling and being put ungracefully on various surfaces, and produces loud sound for movies and videos. Performance, however, is not very smooth; HD games are stuttering on this tablet and buffering is choppy....

- Dan Evans, Android Authority


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Screen Size
7"

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A8 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4100mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4100 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 8.3 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

MediaPad 7 Lite Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor ARM Cortex-A8 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 0.63 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 8.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 12.0 x 1.1 cm (7.6 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 370 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Geek Squad

The MediaPad 7 Lite won't live up to any great expectations

from Geek Squad

If you're after an all-round solid device with a low price tag, you may have found something. For anyone who isn't in a rush and wants to get used to using a tablet, there are certainly worse devices to start with, though you may be able to get more bang for your buck elsewhere if the processor is a deal breaker....

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If you're after an all-round solid device with a low price tag, you may have found something. For anyone who isn't in a rush and wants to get used to using a tablet, there are certainly worse devices to start with, though you may be able to get more bang for your buck elsewhere if the processor is a deal breaker.

The MediaPad 7 Lite is average, but if you're not looking for a tablet that's solid, dependable and gets the job done without any bells and whistles, then this could be the tablet for you.

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Coolsmartphone

Great looks, great design, but sadly too slow

from Coolsmartphone

Inside this tablet you’ll find Google Books. This, plus a few apps, is about as much as this particular tablet can do. The 1GHz CPU really struggles with browsing especially. I found that nearly every website I went to struggled to render in any sort of acceptable time. Good looks, gre...More

Inside this tablet you’ll find Google Books. This, plus a few apps, is about as much as this particular tablet can do. The 1GHz CPU really struggles with browsing especially. I found that nearly every website I went to struggled to render in any sort of acceptable time. Good looks, great build. All the stuff I’ve grown to expect from Huawei, but sadly the CPU is just a little too slow for me.

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The Mobile Indian

It does have very good build quality and is on offer at a reasonable price

from The Mobile Indian

The tablet is not performance-oriented as the name suggests, but somehow it fails to deliver on even our reduced expectations with a very laggy show. It does have very good build quality and is on offer at a reasonable price. Even with the kind of performance it does deliver you get a good device...More

The tablet is not performance-oriented as the name suggests, but somehow it fails to deliver on even our reduced expectations with a very laggy show. It does have very good build quality and is on offer at a reasonable price. Even with the kind of performance it does deliver you get a good device for browsing, ebook reading and watching video on the go. However, even these get marred by bad battery performance.

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AndroidSPIN

Huawei has released a device that feels like its two years old

from AndroidSPIN

So we still don’t know when this is launching or how much it will cost. Whatever they do, I would stay clear of this device at all costs. There are far better choices in the 7 inch tablet world and Huawei is late to the party. Not only are they late, but they have released a device that feels like its two years old.

Read full review

So we still don’t know when this is launching or how much it will cost. Whatever they do, I would stay clear of this device at all costs. There are far better choices in the 7 inch tablet world and Huawei is late to the party. Not only are they late, but they have released a device that feels like its two years old.

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Android Authority

Strong and durable, with its aluminum unibody design and hard plastic bits

from Android Authority

The MediaPad 7 Lite is a mixed bag. The tablet has a solid build, is able to withstand mishandling and being put ungracefully on various surfaces, and produces loud sound for movies and videos. Performance, however, is not very smooth; HD games are stuttering on this tablet and buffering is choppy. The tablet’s cameras leave a lot to be desired, the display isn’t very crisp, and the battery may give up on you before the day is through....

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The MediaPad 7 Lite is a mixed bag. The tablet has a solid build, is able to withstand mishandling and being put ungracefully on various surfaces, and produces loud sound for movies and videos. Performance, however, is not very smooth; HD games are stuttering on this tablet and buffering is choppy. The tablet’s cameras leave a lot to be desired, the display isn’t very crisp, and the battery may give up on you before the day is through.

If you’re planning to get the MediaPad 7 Lite, don’t expect to be able to do a lot of hardcore work on it. The “Lite” in its name is a clear hint of its abilities. It will do fine though for emailing, messaging, and music listening.

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TabletPCReview

A sturdy tablet with SIM card capabilities and nearly stock Android 4.0 OS, but it has poor performance and camera quality

from TabletPCReview

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is not a horrible tablet, but it's far from the best in its class, which makes it hard to recommend to those in the market for an inexpensive 7-inch tablet. It may be nice looking, but it's heavy, and the keyboard functionality drove me crazy. The most appealing aspect...More

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is not a horrible tablet, but it's far from the best in its class, which makes it hard to recommend to those in the market for an inexpensive 7-inch tablet. It may be nice looking, but it's heavy, and the keyboard functionality drove me crazy. The most appealing aspect is the fact that it has Google Play, an undisturbed Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS, and can be used a phone.

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Mobile Tech Review

Specs are a bit behind the times relative to price

from Mobile Tech Review

The MediaPad 7 Lite has one of the nicest 1024 x 600 IPS displays we’ve seen on a tablet. It compares favorably to the higher resolution Nexus 7. It’s very sharp, clear and has good colors. Text doesn’t look pixilated or jaggy. Go figure. The tablet has single band WiFi 802.11b/...More

The MediaPad 7 Lite has one of the nicest 1024 x 600 IPS displays we’ve seen on a tablet. It compares favorably to the higher resolution Nexus 7. It’s very sharp, clear and has good colors. Text doesn’t look pixilated or jaggy. Go figure. The tablet has single band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS. There’s a front VGA camera and a so-so 3MP rear camera. It’s all powered by a 4100 mAh Lithium Ion battery.

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PhoneArena

Delivers 3G and phone functionality at a relatively affordable price

from PhoneArena

Let’s be honest, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is one of a few tablets that lost much of its appeal after Google launched the Nexus 7. This is a review, not a comparison, but in this case the difference is so obvious, we can’t simply turn a blind eye to the 7-inch Nexus as the most obvious competitor....

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Let’s be honest, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is one of a few tablets that lost much of its appeal after Google launched the Nexus 7. This is a review, not a comparison, but in this case the difference is so obvious, we can’t simply turn a blind eye to the 7-inch Nexus as the most obvious competitor.

The good about the MediaPad is the fact that it delivers 3G and phone functionality at a relatively affordable price. The tablet sells for $260, and you can just pop in a SIM card, and be ready to go. Storage is also easily expandable via microSD.

But then come the problems. The more we look at it, the more clear is our realization that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean obliterates Ice Cream Sandwich in a radical way. Big specs like a quad-core chip can cover up a bit, but with the paltry 1.2GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor on the MediaPad, stutter happens more often than we find acceptable.

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Android Police

You can use it as a hammer, because it isn't good for much else

from Android Police

It's painfully obvious that the MediaPad 7 Lite isn't a good tablet. The experience is beyond lackluster, the display is dated, and performance is just all around bad. The only redeeming quality the MP7L has is its build quality, which I commend. It's a beautiful tablet - it's such a shame that it sucks in all other areas.

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It's painfully obvious that the MediaPad 7 Lite isn't a good tablet. The experience is beyond lackluster, the display is dated, and performance is just all around bad. The only redeeming quality the MP7L has is its build quality, which I commend. It's a beautiful tablet - it's such a shame that it sucks in all other areas.

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Think Digit

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is a disappointing tablet

from Think Digit

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is a disappointing tablet. The good thing about the tablet is that it is extremely well built; the display is good for watching videos and the audio output from the speaker is loud nice. The downside of the device is that it is very laggyand you will be in for a frustra...More

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite is a disappointing tablet. The good thing about the tablet is that it is extremely well built; the display is good for watching videos and the audio output from the speaker is loud nice. The downside of the device is that it is very laggyand you will be in for a frustrating experience if you use some of the heavy apps and game and multitask on the device. It's hard to recommend the Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite especially since the competition offers a better package deal. You'd do better off looking at other 7-inch budget offerings in the market.

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User Reviews


I just love it! Great quality for a great price!

I don't understand why the other reviews here aren't so good? I've had no issues with this tablet, everything works fine. What I find most annoying with poor quality tablets is trying to scroll & not getting where you want to go because the screen is to sensitive & keeps 'clicking' on things you don't...More
I don't understand why the other reviews here aren't so good? I've had no issues with this tablet, everything works fine. What I find most annoying with poor quality tablets is trying to scroll & not getting where you want to go because the screen is to sensitive & keeps 'clicking' on things you don't mean to click on - I don't have this problem with the Media Pad Lite. Functions are precise & accurate. The screen is clear, colour is good, so is the sound. You can add up to a 32GB SD card to the 4GB already on it - so plenty of space. The only thing is it's hard to keep the screen clean, but that has improved since I applied a screen protector film - I just love it!!! Less

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