Are tablets that are capable of conventional cellular phone calls becoming a thing? I’m not talking about increasingly large phablets that are marketed more as smartphones than as tablets; I’m talking about real deal tablets that just so happen to make and take phone calls too. Case in point, here is the newly announced Huawei Honor Tablet. It’s an 8-incher that you can effectively use as a phone too.

In addition to regular voice calls over a regular 2G/3G network, the Huawei Honor Tablet can apparently handle SMS text messages with the best of them too. I imagine you wouldn’t hold the Honor Tablet up to your face to make a call, prefering to use some sort of headset, but there you have it. To my knowledge, the UK version of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet can make phone calls too. And that’s also an 8-incher.

That being said, the specs on the Huawei Honor Tablet aren’t nearly as impressive. It’s only get a 1280 x 800 pixel display to go along with a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The rear camera is 5MP, while the front is a particularly modest VGA shooter. There’s no LTE to speak of, limited to 3G HSPA+ for up to 42Mbps. Finally, you get Android 4.3 with Huawei Emotion UI 1.6 in a package that’s 7.9mm thick.

I remember several of my friends laughed at the ridiculous nature of the old 5-inch Dell Streak smartphone and they gawked at how stupid the original Galaxy Note looked. Well, now you’ve got an 8-inch device to hold up to your face if you want.

For the time being, the Huawei Honor Tablet is available in Malaysia for 599 Malaysian Ringgit, which works out to about $184 US.

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