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Vodafone's back with another cheap(ish) 4G tablet

It has a terrible name, but the specs look promising.

Network-branded hardware is normally a bit of a bore, but Vodafone surprised us last year with its excellent value and well-constructed Smart Ultra 6 phone. Today the company is following up with a new tablet, the poorly named Tab Speed 6, which packs a fairly decent spec sheet for £125 on Pay As You Go. Up front is an 8-inch WXGA panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution, which conceals a 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 1GB of RAM. Inside there's also a 4,060 mAh battery and 16GB of storage, which can be expanded by up to 64GB with a microSD card.

If you like to take photos or occasionally jump on a Skype call, there's a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel snapper just above the display. On the software side you're getting Android 5.1, which, while a far cry from 6.0 Marshmallow, should be a mostly "stock" experience. Finally, and this is a big one, the tablet supports LTE, meaning you can pop in a Vodafone SIM and access the carrier's 4G network at any time.

At first glance the Tab Speed 6 is a dull-looking tablet, but compare its spec sheet to an equivalent Amazon device -- say, the Fire HD 8 -- and it's surprisingly competitive. It won't turn heads like the Pixel-C, but similar to the Ultra Smart 6 this could be another quietly competent product.

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