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China's Huawei unveils 7-inch tablet.

China's Huawei Technologies has unveiled a 7-inch Android- based tablet PC in Singapore and said it was also developing a 10-inch device. Victor Xu, the chief marketing officer of Huawei unit Huawei Device, told press in an interview that the company plans to be among the top five handset vendors in three years time, a market currently dominated by the likes of Nokia , Samsung and Apple.

'We are also developing a 10-inch tablet...We hope to launch it this year,' Xu told the press. However, he declined to give more details and also would not reveal the likely price of the newly introduced 7-inch tablet, the MediaPad.

The company, the world's second-biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment behind Ericsson, has not specified any sales target for the MediaPad which will be commercially available in the third quarter this year through retail stores as well as telecom operators.

Huawei Device is a division of Huawei Technologies that makes cell phones, smartphones and tablet PCs.

It said the MediaPad will run on the Android operating system from Google and use a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor from Qualcomm . It will also come with pre-installed applications such as Facebook and Twitter.

Huawei competes with Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and ZTE Corp in global network gear and is increasingly pushing into the mobile devices sector.

'We believe we can enter into the top five vendors in the global handset market over the next three years,' Xu said.

The firm had said in April it expects revenue to reach the $100 billion mark in a decade, driven by sales of telecom devices and smartphones.

However, Huawei's MediaPad faces an uphill task. Apple sold 4.7 million iPads -- which command an 80 percent share of a burgeoning tablet market -- in its quarter ended March amid roaring global demand.

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