Orange France sub-€250 Android iPad Rival in the Works; Expect it during the Holidays

August 26, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Orange will be releasing an  Android tablet by Christmas. Les Echos, the French publication, has got hints that Orange France is preparing to sell a tablet under the Orange brand made by an unnamed Asian company, and it will be part of a three-pronged tablet attack in time for the Christmas shopping period.

This is not the first tablet Orange has sold under the  brand. Orange’s Tabbee tablet (pictured), launched in April 2009, had failed to capture the market.

The new tablet will be 3G-enabled and based on Google’s Android operating system. It is reported that the device will retail, unsubsidized, at €250. Better still, they will be slashing it down to €100 if customers sign a contract for one or two year subscriptions.

The carrier’s move to Android is to retake control in an Apple dominated market. The cheapest iPad model with connectivity currently comes with a price tag of €599, significantly more than the planned Orange tablet.

But the operator is reportedly in talks with Apple to bring the iPad in-store. If talks with Apple become a success, the carrier will likely launch the iPad on its network between now and Christmas.

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