"A roundup of the most prominent tablet launches at MWC this year."
Although smartphones take pride of place at MWC, there were some significant tablet launches at the show. Prime among them was Sony’s long-rumoured Xperia Tablet Z2, followed by the Huawei MediaPad X1. We also expected to see Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 lineup, but it looks like Samsung will launch it separately. Here's a look at some of the most prominent tablets unveiled at MWC 2014.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
A year after launching the Xperia Tablet Z, Sony unveiled its next-gen Xperia Z2 Tablet. Offering the same water- and dust-proof capabilities as its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is encased in an ultra-thin 6.4mm frame. The tablet is pretty loaded in terms of specs, with a 10.1-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8.1MP rear camera and a 2.2MP front camera. The Android 4.4.2-running tablet ships with various optional accessories, including a gaming controller and an external keyboard.
Huawei MediaPad X1
Huawei’s MWC lineup has been pretty impressive this year. Apart from the Ascend G6 smartphone and TalkBand B1 fitness tracker, the company also unveiled two Android tablets. While the MediaPad M1 is a mid-range tablet, all eyes were on the MediaPad X1. Sporting a 7-inch 1080p display, the tablet measures just 7.18mm in thickness. While most specs haven’t been detailed, we do know it packs in a quad-core processor and a 5,000mAh battery. The 13MP rear camera is as good as it gets on a tablet, and the 5MP front shooter is pretty generous too.
Alcatel One Touch Fire 7
While other brands were busy launching Android tablets, Alcatel launched the very first slate based on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. The Alcatel Fire 7 runs Firefox OS 1.3, and features a 7-inch 960 x 540 pixel display. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz processor, which may seem paltry but is quite sufficient for the operating system. The tablet has 4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The cameras are pretty disappointing though, both offering basic VGA resolution. Chinese brand ZTE also unveiled its Firefox OS-based smartphones at the show.
Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
Though Lenovo didn’t launch anything major on the smartphone front, it did introduce an updated version of the Yoga 10 tablet. Offering the same multi-mode experience as its predecessor, the 10-inch Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ offers a higher resolution full HD display. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for now, but the tablet is slated to get an OS update in the future. A beefy 9,000mAh battery offers 18 plus hours of usage. The tablet is available in both Wi-Fi and 3G variants.