Huawei MediaPad getting Android 4.0 from the “first quarter of 2012″

Fresh from revealing the exciting Huawei Ascend P1 S at the CES tech show this week, Huawei has now announced that future versions of its MediaPad tablet will soon start to arrive with Android 4.0 onboard, rather than the 3.2 version of Google’s OS it currently ships with.

Here’s the relevant snippet from Huawei’s announcement…

…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.

…which also says there are a couple of alternate colour versions of the tablet on the way, too. Like this:

huawei-mediapad-android-4-update

Plus, of course, there’s the chance to own a subsidised MediaPad in the shape of the newly announced Orange Tahiti. It is, basically, all beginning to kick off for Huawei in quite a large way.

Although the Huawei Vision, which was supposed to launch last year, is still yet to appear. Maybe it isn’t fashionable or cutting-edge enough for the rapidly transforming Huawei of 2012?

Here’s the thing, which we nicked from Engadget:

Huawei’s MediaPad Now Comes with Android 4.0

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

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — 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 launched in June 2011, 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 color series – fashionable MediaPads in three new colors: 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 colorful MediaPad offers a personalized 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, these colorful MediaPad embodies a rare combination of style and performance.”

Huawei’s new MediaPad color 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.

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