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Huawei unveils slimmed-down Android tablet, new smartphone

By Nick Wood , Total Telecom, in Barcelona
Tuesday 15 February 11

Chinese vendor aims to ship over 10 million Google-powered devices in 2011.

Huawei on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of its Android tablet, as well as a new smartphone, as the company looks to further drive revenue and shipment growth at its devices unit. Called the IDEOS S7 Slim…

Huawei on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of its Android tablet, as well as a new smartphone, as the company looks to further drive revenue and shipment growth at its devices unit.

Called the IDEOS S7 Slim, the Chinese kit maker's new tablet is thinner than its predecessor and features a front-facing camera intended for video calling. Huawei said the device will be available from April with an unsubsidised price tag of between £350-£400.

Meanwhile the company also revealed a new handset, IDEOS X3 – the latest device in Huawei's portfolio of affordable Google smartphones. Powered by Gingerbread – the most recently released version of Android – the handset is due to go on sale first in Japan via Softbank from spring 2011.

Huawei said it expects the IDEOS X3 when it ships worldwide to be made available for free on price plans starting at £25 per month, or between £150-£199 for prepay users.

The new devices form a central part of Huawei's target of shipping more than 10 million Android-powered products in 2011, said Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device, during a press conference at Mobile World Congress.

In 2010, Huawei shipped a total of 120 million devices, which includes handsets, tablets, and other mobile broadband products, and generated sales revenue of $4.5 billion.

"We are forecasting total sales revenue of $6 billion for 2011, due to increased sales of mid-to-high-end devices," said Xu, who commented that smartphones are becoming the Swiss Army Knife of the mobile industry.

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