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Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite review

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.

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 x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

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

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM Cortex-A8 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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 x pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
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
Yes
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
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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