It seems that Vodafone is following in EE’s footsteps this month, after three ‘own brand’ devices were shown off by the UK network in an effort to boost mid-range and budget smartphone sales.
In April, EE unveiled two pieces of own brand kit, the EE Harrier and Harrier Mini, but Vodafone might have outdone it by offering up three different devices to the masses.
One thing which we’ll all have to get used to is the slightly odd name Vodafone has opted for with these three devices – with all of them following the same style.
The ‘Smart first 6’ is Vodafone’s entry-level offering, which provides a set of very low-end specs for a bargain price – just £40 if you opt for a pay as you go deal.
Don’t go expecting anything too special from it though, as it definitely won’t be competing with any flagship smartphones from the last four or five years.
It features a 4” display, 4GB of internal storage, a dual-core 1GHz processor and just a 2 megapixel rear facing camera. The design is also distinctly average, making it the perfect smartphone for first time buyers or those looking to make a substantial saving.
The second phone we’re getting is called the Smart prime 6, and it supplies a much more desirable set of specs – even though it caters for the mid-range market rather than the flagship one.
It boasts a 5” 720p display, whilst also offering up a Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. Also, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor is much faster than on the Smart first 6, whilst the 8 megapixel camera is also supported by a 2 megapixel front facing lens.
Compatible with the 4G network, the Smart prime 6 runs Android Lollipop, one step up from the KitKat offering on the smaller Vodafone handset, but does come in at a more costly £79 on pay as you go.
A similar design method is installed, making it a fairly standard looking device. However, for this kind of price tag, it’s no surprise to see Vodafone play it cool with the handset’s style.
The final device of the Vodafone trio is one which came completely out of the blue – with it being a fully-fledged tablet.
Named the Smart Tab prime 6, Vodafone has also packed the larger screened device with some pretty good specs.
It sports a 9.6” 1280x800 display, as well as making a home for a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 16GB internal storage. It also offers 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as coming pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Battery life is handled by a 4600mAh unit, which is more than capable of keeping your slate going for several days of regular use.
Vodafone is offering the tablet for free, as long as you pair it with a contract pricing £21 or over – it’s not yet known just how much it will cost if you don’t fancy picking up a data deal for it however.
All three devices will be made available very soon by Vodafone, all of which will obviously be exclusive to the network.
Written by Luke Hatfield