Vodafone announce two new “own brand” 4G phones

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Vodafone has launched the Smart 4 Turbo 4G smartphone and, coming soon, the Smart 4 Power. We decided to have a quick look at both to see if they have what it takes to make an impression in the world of 4G phones.

These models are aimed at lower end of the market and will bring 4G to pay-as-you-go customers and lower tier contracts. The Vodafone Smart 4Turbo is the most affordable 4G device in the Vodafone range, it will set you back just £135 on PAYG but you’ll also need the £31.50 per month Red 4G plan, which comes with unlimited texts/calls and, of course, 4GB super-fast of data. This isn’t a particularly cheap tariff for an affordable handset as Tech Radar pointed out.

The Smart 4Turbo comes with high-speed 4G and 3G HSPA+ connectivity, 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a highly responsive 4.5-inch screen. It runs on the latest Android 4.4. KitKat operating system and you get 1GB of RAM which is pretty average for a smartphone.

It has a 0.3 mega-pixel front camera and a 5 mega-pixel primary one. The front camera is one of the weak points as you would expect one with higher definition (especially if you are a fan of Skype) on this type of phone – as pointed out by the folks over at FindTheBest. The built-in assisted GPS technology lets you use your smartphone for walking or car navigation, but don’t forget to keep looking up!

Turbo back and front
Turbo back and front

The Smart 4Power ups the ante by adding screen real estate and also increasing the processor speed. It comes with a 5-inch HD display and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek, and it has been especially tuned to allow super-fast connection to the 4G network, as well as longer battery life and smooth video playback. Hopefully this will be an improvement over the battery in the 4Turbo as a commentator on FindTheBest stated that it ‘drains a little bit fast’.

Here are the technical specifications to both phones:

Smart 4Turbo

Dimensions (mm)
134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4
Weight (g)
138
Processor
1.2Ghz quad-core
Display
4.5” FWVGA capacitive
RAM
1GB RAM (microSD up to 32GB)
Camera
5MP + front camera
Operating system
Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Smart 4Power

Dimensions (mm)
141 x 71 x 9.5
Weight (g)
162
Processor
1.3GHz quad-core
Display
5” HD multi-touch screen with In Plane Switching
RAM
1GB RAM (microSD up to 32GB)
Camera
5MP + front camera
Operating system
Android 4.4 (KitKat)

To find out more about both phones head to this dedicated section on the Vodafone web site.