Vodafone Has Large, Affordable Phones

UK mobile operator EE recently unveiled its own smartphones (EE Has Own-Brand Products – From BenQ), and now the competition has taken its turn. Vodafone’s Smart Prime 6, Smart First 6 and SmartTab Prime 6 are Android units covering the low- and high-end.

Beginning with the entry-level, the Smart First 6 runs Android 4.4 on a 1GHz dual-core processor. It is intended to be an introduction to the world of smartphones (hence ‘First’), with a simple UI that puts users a single tap away from features such as calling or texting.

The 4″ display has 800 x 480 resolution (Vodafone’s own website incorrectly lists it as WQHD – 2560 x 1440! We had to confirm with the company to get the right figure – TA). Storage is 4GB, and the phone will last for seven hours of talk time. It can be purchased for £35 ($55).

Moving up a tier, the Smart Prime 6 is a 5″ phone (1280 x 720) running Android 5.0 on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU (Snapdragon 410), with 1GB of RAM. The phone has 8GB of storage, expandable to 64GB via micro-SD.

The Smart Prime 6 uses an IPS panel and has 4G connectivity. It is available now for £75 ($115).

Finally, Vodafone’s new phablet is the 9.6″ Smart Tab Prime 6. With a 4,600mAh battery, it will last for seven hours of video watching, or 37 days on standby.

The phablet has 1280 x 800 resolution (IPS panel) and runs Android 5.0 on a quad-core 1.3GHz chip. Storage is 16GB, and the product will accept a 32GB micro-SD card. It is available now, starting at £17.50 ($26.60) per month on a contract, with no upfront cost.

All prices are ex VAT.