Orange launches first own-brand tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

January 10 2012

The 7-inch Haiti runs the Android Honeycomb operating system
The 7-inch Haiti runs the Android Honeycomb operating system

The mobile operator's first own-brand tablet runs Android Honeycomb and is now available in the UK.

The 7-inch Tahiti tablet has been made by Chinese firm Huawei and appears to be a rebranded version of the MediaPad tablet. As with the MediaPad, the Orange tablet runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), boasts a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and has a multi-touch LCD display.

The device has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of flash memory and a rear-facing 5MP camera. The tablet weighs 390g and supports GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G+, while there are connections for micro USB, micro SD and HDMI. The battery will last for up to six hours when in standby, according to Orange.

The operator plans to sell the tablet for £69.99 (approximately $108) on a £25-a-month ($39) two-year data plan contract, which will include 1GB of anytime data, 1GB of ‘quiet time’ data and unlimited WiFi hotspot access each month.

Alternatively, consumers will be able to get a free Tahiti tablet when they sign up for the Orange San Francisco 2 Android phone for £41 ($63) per month. This contract comes with 2GB of data, which can be used across either device over the two-year contract period.

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