Huawei’s CAT4-capable MediaPad 10 Link 4G will be sold by Vodafone from the 14th of August.
Huawei’s had a funny history with its tablet range in Australia; it’s shown them off to media a few times, they’ve turned up as bargain basement specials in a few catalogs here and there, but there’s never really been a concerted push for its budget Android tablets until quite recently.
Telstra announced that the first 500 pre-orders of the Ascend P2 phone would get a Huawei 10″ MediaPad — just a regular Wi-Fi unit — and now Vodafone’s announced it’ll offer MediaPads on contract, but in its case, MediaPads with internal CAT4 capable 4G innards. CAT4 devices can offer up to 150Mbps downstream if you’re within range of a compatible network; to date Telstra’s only got its CAT4 network up and running in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Vodafone’s claim is that it’s CAT4 ready in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
CAT4 aside, the rest of the specifications for the Mediapad 10 Link 4G are relatively modest; 10.1 inch IPS LCD display, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 6400mAh battery, Quad Core 1.5Ghz processor. Vodafone will offer the tablets on a two year contract for $35/$45/$60 per month with 2.5GB, 4GB or 8GB of data respectively.