Orange Adds Budget Android Tablet To Its Growing Range

Orange has added a tablet to its growing range of own-branded devices. Called the Orange Tahiti, it’s actually a rebranded Huawei slate, quite possibly the MediaPad, which was announced by the Chinese manufacturer last June and then rumoured to hit the UK around this time.

Nothing grabs a punter’s attention these days like a cheap tablet, and they don’t get much cheaper than £69! After all, the Tahiti has a good-looking design and a decent feature list, so at first glance it’s another San Francisco-style bargain. However, that price is a subsidised cost, and anyone wanting the tablet for that price will have to sign a 24-month contract at £25 per month.

That makes the ‘bargain’ Tahiti come in at £670 all told, although you will get 1GB of data each day, plus another 1GB of off-peak data too. Alternatively, if you want a new smartphone, the Tahiti comes free if you select the San Francisco II on a £41 per month contract for two years.

Here’s the Tahiti’s specs: A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers Google Android Honeycomb, which is displayed on a 7-inch and all wrapped up in a 400 gram chassis. A 5 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G complete the admittedly excellent feature list, and if indeed the Tahiti is the same as the Huawei MediaPad, it’ll have a 1280 x 720 pixel screen resolution and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera too.

Orange hasn’t provided any information on a SIM-free price for the Tahiti, or even whether they intend to offer one. The Tahiti is available from today, but will anyone want a 7-inch tablet that will end up costing nearly the same as two Apple iPads?

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