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Orange unveils £60 IS 703C tablet in Mauritius - UK next?

In a move that might well be replicated in the UK sooner rather than later, Orange has launched two Android tablets in the tiny island of Mauritius. Both of them have been manufactured by an Indian company called Pantech and are aimed squarely at an entry level audience.

At just over £60 (including local VAT), the IS 703C is the cheaper and more interesting of the pair, coming with a rather meaty spec list. There’s an ARM-based Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot (that can accommodate 32GB cards), Wi-Fi, a 7in 800 x 480 capacitive display, a USB port, a HDMI port, a VGA front facing camera, Android 4.0.3 ICS, up to 10 hours of battery life when playing music and five when accessing video or browsing the Internet.

Orange, the mobile phone operator which is part of EE, is known for actively backing little-known brands.

Two years ago, it introduced the Orange San Francisco smartphone, which was made by ZTE. It went on to become one of the best-selling entry level Android smartphones ever, with several million devices sold globally.

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