Huawei MediaPad to get ICS

Last year, when we were covering Mobile World Congress, we asked Orange why they weren’t retailing own-branded tablet devices here in the UK. Now they are, in the shape of Orange Tahiti. Under the paintwork it’s a Huawei MediaPad running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).

Now, however, Huawei have announced that the MediaPad will be getting Android 4.0 (ICS). The latest version will be available “in selected markets” in the first quarter of this year. If you’ve got one already then you’ll have the update over the air.

We’re asking whether the Orange Tahiti will be getting the same treatment and we’ll let you know shortly.

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Huawei’s MediaPad Now Comes with Android 4.0

Huawei also unveils new MediaPad colour series, operating on Android 3.2


Las Vegas, USA, January 10, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei MediaPad is now one of the world’s first tablets to come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

First announced in June 2011, and rolled out to certain markets subsequently, the original MediaPad was the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet. This latest version of the MediaPad once again provides users with the very latest Android experience, along with access to the newest and hottest services and apps available in the Android marketplace.

Huawei also unveiled its new MediaPad colour series; fashionable MediaPads in three new colours – shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink and running on Android 3.2.

Both MediaPad versions have a high-quality display, with screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 217 PPI and supporting 1080P Full HD video playback. Additionally, they come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and have a battery capacity of six hours or more.

“In a tablet market defined by staid black and white tablets, the new colourful MediaPad offers a personalised look without the need for an external case,” said Richard Yu, Chairman, Huawei Device.

“With a hardware package that includes a high-quality screen, a powerful dual-core processor, and long battery life, this colourful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”

Huawei’s new MediaPad colour series and the MediaPad with Android 4.0 will be available in selected markets in the first quarter of 2012. Existing MediaPad owners will receive an OTA Android 4.0 upgrade to their tablets by the first quarter of 2012.