When Vodafone announced its first own-brand 4G smartphones back in July, we figured it would only be a matter of time until we saw an similarly-equipped tablet emerge. Today, the carrier confirmed our suspicions by unveiling the 8-inch Smart Tab 4G, a slightly modernised version of the 3G-only Smart Tab 4 we saw go on sale back in June. So what's different? For starters, the Smart Tab 4G sports an HD display and has swapped MediaTek's 1.2 GHz quad-core processor for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. It also features a 5-megapixel camera, up from the 2-megapixel shooter found on its predecessor. Everything else remains the same, right down to its size, weight, OS (Android 4.4 KitKat) and 4060 mAh battery.
With its 4G connectivity, you'd expect the Smart Tab 4G to command a higher price. Not so. For a 1GB 4G plan, you're looking at £17 per month with a £29 upfront payment, which actually matches the price of its 3G counterpart. However, If you want to use it on one of Vodafone's new 4G pay-as-you-go tariffs, you can get it for just £125 all-in -- significantly undercutting EE's Eagle tablet at £209.99 and even edging out Tesco's £129 WiFi-only Hudl2.