Huawei IDEOS S7 Specs
Hi guys, welcome back!

Earlier, i’ve already showed you a bunch of great tablets made by Toshiba and Nokia in the past couple of weeks.

Most of them are in my opinion great for gaming – especially the ones with powerful processors like Tegra 3, Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800.

However, when it comes to gaming ecosystem, then Toshiba tablets will be the winner here given that these tablets come with Android OS, as opposed to Nokia Lumia tablets that are based on Microsoft’s simplified OS – Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, which both still lack in app catalog and market share.

(Huawei IDEOS S7 Specs)

Today, i have a few other tablets that i want to make reviews of.

Some of them are not really powerful especially for gaming. In fact, the one i’m about to show you in my next review is a really low-grade tablet with low-class specs.

Huawei IDEOS S7 benchmarks and gaming performance

However, there is one tablet – to be exact, a new tablet – that is actually way more powerful than the ones i’ve been showing you in the past few days.

It’s made by NVIDIA and it just launched lately on the market. And it’s shipping with Tegra K1 processor, just like Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet.

Yup, that’s right – that tablet is no other than NVIDIA Shield tablet, which i’m really excited to review probably tomorrow (so be sure to stick around).

Anyway, as i mentioned above, the tablet that i’m about to show today is not that powerful compared to other rivals on today’s tablet market.

This one is made by Huawei and it’s called Huawei IDEOS S7, a 7-inch tablet sporting the low-resolution 480x800 pixels – which is lower than the 600x1024 pixel display on older-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab tablets.

This Huawei’s tablet interestingly comes with Qualcomm’s homemade processor – Snapdragon QSD8250 Scorpion chipset, along with Adreno 200 GPU and really low 256MB of RAM.

So when it comes to gaming performance, this tablet leaves a lot to be desired, especially for tablet gamers out there.

Well, what do you think? Are you interested to get to know with this low-end outdated tablet?

If you’re not, then you can just skip this review and read my other reviews on this website.

But if you are interested to know more, especially its gaming performance and what games that would work great on this device, then here you go, my personal review of Huawei IDEOS S7.

Introduction

Compared to other 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market, then it’s really obvious that Huawei IDEOS S7 will not stack up against the competition.

And that’s mainly because this Huawei’s tablet is equipped with the hardware specs that are already considered as mediocre at best for today’s standards.

As a starter, Huawei IDEOS S7 features a 7-inch screen sporting the low-resolution 480x800 pixels, which is even lower than 1024x600 pixel resolution on 7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab 2, Tab 3, Tab 3 Lite or probably Tab 4 Lite (if Samsung finally makes this model in the near future).

So as a result, the display doesn’t look sharp and the experience of enjoying contents on this tablet will not be as great as on other 7-inch devices with 720p resolution.

Its mediocre display is also followed by the low 256MB of RAM, which basically only provides a small portion of free memory to the users, thus preventing this tablet to perform fast and smooth, especially when doing heavy multitasking.

Huawei IDEOS S7 - Full tablet specifications

Not to mention, this tablet only comes with a small 2200mAh battery inside, 2MP front-facing camera with NO rear-facing camera, older-gen Android 2.1 Eclair and there is no FM Radio on this device, making it a dull offering on today’s tablet market.

The good news is, despite all of these low-grade hardware, there are still some sectors to be liked on this device, like its Snapdragon single-core processor and Adreno 220 – which helps it a lot in graphical performance -, its microSD card slot for 32GB to support the low 8GB internal storage, its optical trackpad, cellular connectivity and a couple of other standard features of a tablet.

But the questions remain. With all of these low-grade unimpressive specs, does Huawei IDEOS S7 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

Does this tablet still stack up against its 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market?

Is it worth it to buy this tablet, especially as a media-consumption device?

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  • Mini-SIM
  • Weight 500 g (1.10 lb)
  • Released Q1 of 2010
  • Display 7.0 inchTFT resistive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels, (~133 ppi pixel density) 256K colors
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 1 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon Chipset
  • Adreno 200 GPU
  • Android OS 2.1 Eclair, upgradable to 2.2 Froyo
  • Optical trackpad
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB Internal storage
  • 2 MP front-facing Camera
  • No rear-facing camera
  • EDGE
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11
  • HSDPA
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Accelerometer
  • Colors Black
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery
  • Up to 168 hours of Stand-by time
  • Up to 5 hours for Talk time 
In terms of specs, there’s nothing special about this Huawei’s tablet.

And that’s acceptable given that this device was originally intended as a low-end tablet by Huawei.

Besides, Huawei IDEOS S7 was released back then in 2010, so there should be no complaint fired on this tablet regarding the lowest-grade specs that Huawei equips on this device.

But even so, as a 2010-released device, i think it’s really impressive how this tablet is already powered by Adreno 200 GPU, although it’s not the most powerful on the market today.

But at least, it’s not that far away compared to the very latest Adreno 330 GPU that can be found on today’s flagship devices.

Anyway, Huawei IDEOS S7 features a 7-inch display sporting a low-resolution 480x800 pixels, a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Scorpion processor clocked at 1GHz, a very low 256MB of RAM (which is the reason why i don’t recommend this tablet to you if you’re looking for a good gaming tablet), 2MP front-facing camera with NO rear-facing camera, 2200mAh power battery (which is not shocking given its less power hungry low-resolution display and processor), Android 2.1 Eclair out of the box and a couple of other standard features, including cellular connectivity.

Too bad this device doesn’t come with FM radio, although it's gonna be missed a lot given that tablet users mostly don't listen to radio with their tablets, as opposed to the smartphone users.

Screen

Huawei IDEOS S7 comes with a 7-inch display with the screen resolution of 480x800 pixels, which is the lowest resolution on tablet market today.

However, as an older-gen tablet, the lowest-resolution display on this device can still be acceptable.

It may not deliver an eye pleasing experience to the users especially when reading contents or browsing the web (which requires a lot of pinch-to-zoom gesture), but at least, it’s still readable for most of the users.

Besides, by using this lowest-resolution display, it will make the battery life of this tablet last much longer even in heavy use given that the pixels that must be executed by its processor are not that many compared to higher-resolution 720p display on other 7-inch rivals.

So i think it’s still good to have this type of display on this device, ensuring an all-day-long battery life to the users plus much snappier performance from its processor.

User Interface

Compared to other tablets that you see today on the market, especially the ones with the latest build of Android OS, then the UI of Huawei IDEOS S7 is not going to be that great, especially in terms of features and fluidity of operating the UI.

However, this must be tolerated given that this Huawei’s tablet was released in 2010, where other 7-inch counterparts also still came with the same OS version and UI just like this Huawei IDEOS S7.

But the good thing is, there are still many things to be liked on the UI of this tablet, like the standard homescreen that you can fill with widgets, app drawer from the bottom navigation and some other more, which mostly can be found on other Eclair-installed tablets out there.

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There’s nothing special or ground breaking about the performance of this 7-inch device. As a matter of fact, compared to other today’s 7-inch tablets out there – even the low-end ones -, this tablet is just inferior and mediocre at best when it comes to performance.

And that’s mostly “thanks” to the ‘outdated’ 1GHz Snapdragon Scorpion processor that is embedded inside this tablet, coupled with Adreno 220 GPU.

And that’s not the worst part because the most horrible thing found on this tablet is actually its memory or RAM that is only 256MB, which is damn too low for a tablet.

But then again, we just cannot blame Huawei for only providing such a low RAM on this device given that Huawei IDEOS S7 was released back then in 2010 – when Apple just unveiled its first-gen iPad to the world.

However, despite being a 2010-released tablet, i think it’s really a bit surprising to see Adreno 220 GPU inside this device because this GPU is not the low-end model of Qualcomm’s chipset in 2010.

I remembered seeing Adreno 203 on a cheap smartphone running Android made by Chinese manufacturer, which is still considered a tiny bit good even for playing some older 2010-released games.

So basically, with this type of GPU, along with its single-core GPU and 256MB of RAM, this tablet can still perform considerably good for a media-consumption device.

I’m not saying that it’s going to be really fast and lag-free – especially when it only has 256MB of RAM.

But i believe it can still be more than capable to execute most of the basic task like watching videos, reading contents, browsing the web, checking out photos or even playing some older games.

But of course, there are still many lags here and there especially when opening many apps at once – given its low RAM – or playing some heavy games or even using live-wallpaper on homescreen.

Meanwhile, the gaming performance of this Huawei’s tablet – even it’s not going to be really great -, i believe with that 1GHz Snapdragon single-core processor, 256MB of RAM and Adreno 220 GPU, this Huawei IDEOS S7 is still more than capable to perform pretty good for playing some casual 2D games like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja.

However, when playing 3D heavy-performing games, then it’s really obvious that this tablet will suffer a lot especially with some newer games like Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA III, Modern Combat 2, Dead Trigger or Asphalt 6.

I believe this tablet is gonna be similar with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 in terms of gaming performance – given their similar mediocre specs. So they both basically will run really laggy when used for playing 3D games.

Huawei IDEOS S7 is definitely not a good gaming tablet.

In fact, you should avoid buying this tablet especially if you’re looking for a gaming tablet.

This Huawei’s tablet may be able to run some older games released in early 2011 or around that year, but it will just disappoint you a lot if you use it as a gaming tablet.

I think Huawei IDEOS S7 is more suitable to use for kids given that these young-aged users tend to love playing some casual 2D games, rather than 3D hardcore heavy games.

And if you’re looking for a much better alternative than Huawei IDEOS S7, i can recommend you other 7-inch affordable tablets but they have way better hardware specs and gaming performance than this Huawei’s slate.

You can try either HP Slate 7 Plus, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Kindle Fire HD 7, Asus MemoPad 7 HD, Acer Iconia Tab B1-720 (with Mali-400 GPU) and many other cheap $130 - $150 tablets out there, which provide more than just a reader device.



Battery Life

Given that Huawei IDEOS S7 is only packing some low-grade hardware specs – which are not power hungry -, then it’s not surprising to see Huawei only equip this device with a small 2200mAh power battery.

As comparisons, many of 7-inch tablets are mostly powered by either 3000 to 5000mAh battery capacity.

But that’s probably not gonna be problem on this device because with this 2200mAh power battery, this Huawei’s tablet is still capable to deliver pretty decent battery life to its users.

But of course, this will also come down to which type of user are you.

I mean, if you are a power user and will use this device mostly to do some heavy tasks intensively – like for watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row, then you can only expect this device to last probably around 3 or 5 hours at max, probably less than that number.

On the other hand, if you’re not a power user and will only use this tablet in your spare time – or when taking a break from your busy job or work -, then YES – this tablet can still ‘survive’ maybe around 10 hours, which translated into a full day of moderate use.

My Personal Opinions

Just like my personal impression with Lenovo IdeaPad A1, i also think that Huawei IDEOS S7 is not such a great performing tablet, especially for gaming.

This tablet may have one of the best processors in its class in 2010 (the release year of Huawei IDEOS S7).

However, that’s not enough to convince many tablet shoppers out there, especially the ones that demand “fast and smooth experience” on a tablet.

I’m not saying that this Huawei’s tablet will be laggy all the time when it’s operating.

But, this device will still be plagued with lags and stutters along the way, especially when opening many apps at once, browsing some heavy web pages, playing some graphically demanding games or even just using live wallpaper on the homescreen.

And i don’t think you want to buy a laggy tablet, do you?

Moreover, the disappointment doesn’t just stop there on the performance department.

There are many things that could make this Huawei IDEOS S7 a dull offering for tablet shoppers out there – like the absence of rear-facing camera, low-resolution display, low 256MB of RAM, low battery capacity and many more – although this device still has some interesting goodies like optical trackpad and cellular connectivity.

These are the reasons why i don’t recommend this tablet to you even if you’re just looking for a media-consumption tablet, not gaming tablet.

This Huawei IDEOS S7 is gonna disappoint you a lot, especially in terms of hardware, performance, experience and gaming capability.

You can still find the other alternatives that are just way better than this Huawei IDEOS S7, but affordable to buy – like HP Slate 7 Plus, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Xiaomi Mi Pad, Asus MemoPad 7HD, Acer Iconia Tab B1-720 (remember, with Mali-400 GPU), Kindle Fire HD 7 and many other options out there on the market.

Anyway, to end this review, i’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve already asked previously above:
  • Does Huawei IDEOS S7 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet? NO, big NO – given its low-grade processor and especially 256MB of RAM, this tablet definitely is not a good gaming tablet, let alone great. It may be able to run some casual 2D games and also 3D games released in 2010. However, this device will just suffer a lot with lags when used for playing some heavy-performing 3D games, especially the newer ones. That’s why i don’t recommend this tablet if you’re looking for a gaming tablet.
  • Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market? NO – with the same reason as above’s question, there’s no way this tablet is gonna stack up against its 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market. They will easily blow this Huawei IDEOS S7 out of the water.
  • Is it worth it to buy this tablet? NO – even though Huawei IDEOS S7 is equipped with cellular connectivity and optical trackpad, these are not enough to convince tablet shoppers out there to buy this tablet. So YES – this Huawei tablet is not worthy to buy especially if you’re looking for a media-consumption or gaming device. But i still think that Huawei IDEOS S7 is suitable to use for kids. 
But i suggest you to pick other options like Kindle Fire HD7 or HP Slate 7 Plus that offer much higher-grade hardware, allowing your kids to play some newer casual games in buttery smooth performance with no lag.

And this is really important because i don't think your kids know how to kill the apps in the background.

So that's why your kids need a tablet that is not plagued with laggy issue.
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