Huawei MediaPad to get Ice Cream Sandwich this quarter, new colors announced

Huawei was certainly the eager beaver when it announced this last summer that the MediaPad would be one of the very first tablets with Android 3.2 pre-loaded, and we could tell that the Chinese manufacturer wanted to do something similar with the Honor by offering a demo version of Android 4.0 through its official channels. It's now taking the same initiative with the Huawei MediaPad, announcing that all existing versions of the tablet will receive ICS by the end of the first quarter, and new MediaPad tablets -- including the new color series unveiled in the same press release -- will begin coming pre-loaded sometime in the first quarter as well. This color series takes the existing MediaPad and adds black, brown and pink flavors to your possible options. Check out the full press release below the break for all the details.

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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.