Vodafone Germany unveils branded Android tablets

Vodafone Germany use the IFA trade consumer electronics show in Berlin to announce its ambitions in the tablet market with the launch of two devices under its own brand.

Vodafone Germany's Smart Tab 10

While the operator said that the two tablets would be available to its German distribution channels in November, it declined to provide details on pricing or which hardware vendor was supplying the two devices.

However, the operator did say that the new Vodafone Smart Tab 7 (with a 7-inch screen) and Tab 10 (with 10-inch screen) will use the Android Version 3.2 Honeycomb operating system with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and memory of 1GB. The tablets will have internal storage of 16GB, which can be expanded via microSD card to 32GB.

Of note, the company said that its Smart Tab devices would support HSPA with 5.76Mbps upstream and 14.4Mbps downstream capabilities, and would also include Wi-Fi.

This move follows Vodafone announcement last week that it would sell Apple's iPad 2 in its German, Dutch and Italian stores, while Deutsche Telekom said it planned to offer the same product in its German, Austrian, Greek, Polish and Dutch retail outlets.

Separately, Vodafone Germany says that it plans to offer TV services over its LTE network alongside its existing DTH satellite offering. Dusseldorf could be the first city where the LTE broadcast service will be trialled.

For more:
- see this Teltarif article (translated via Google Translate)
- see this Broadband TV News article

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