The arrival of affordable entry-level Android tablets never seems to stop, with the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 being the latest device trying to appease the needs of budget-conscious consumers. Its 7-inch screen size makes it a tablet, but it’s able to make 2G and 3G calls pretty much like a smartphone.
Specs are fairly standard for a low-end device: 5-point multi-touch display with 1024-by-600 resolution (~169ppi pixel density), 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8x12 A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage with up to 32GB microSD expansion. Weighing 350g, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 measures 193.4 x 120.6 x 9.9mm.
Running the software side of things is Android 4.3, with the custom Huawei Emotion 1.6 user interface on top. Along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS (A-GPS), and Bluetooth, the device comes with HSPA+ connectivity with download speeds going as fast as 21Mbps. Its cameras are a VGA front shooter and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 also uses a Li-Po battery with a fairly decent capacity at 4100mAh. Battery life is efficiently handled by Huawei’s own Dynamic Power Management system.
Overall, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 offers a better set of features in comparison to another recently announced budget Android tablet—the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite—but it’s somewhat a downgrade of the original 1080p-equipped Youth slate.
Huawei has yet to announce the official release date for the MediaPad 7 Youth2. Price is also not available, but it’s expected to be cheaper than the Tab 3 Lite’s price.