T-Mobile launches hub tablet


T-Mobile UK and high-end product developer Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) have unveiled a portable family hub tablet, which will be available in the UK later this year.

The Android-based tablet, which will be featured in a new T-Mobile family offering, was launched today at CES in Las Vegas.

Exclusive to T-Mobile in the UK, the centrepiece of the hub is ICD’s new Vega, a 15-inch touchscreen device designed primarily to sit in the kitchen. The tablet offers one-touch access to a household calendar and can be accessed by the whole family via the web on a mobile, work computer, home PC or other devices with an internet connection.

The calendar automatically sends SMS text reminders to the family’s mobiles and T-Mobile said that as it comes with a T-Mobile SIM on-board, it’s easy to make a handsfree call at the touch of a button. The family hub is a full-featured wireless tablet with Wi-Fi web browsing, on-demand TV, access to social networks, video chat and games, as well as an FM radio.

The ICD Vega tablet is also powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 250 mobile web processor, providing full HD video playback even if the tablet is undocked from its base.

The concept is in the final stages of development by the two companies and was created following extensive customer research and close collaboration over the past 18 months.

T-Mobile head of new proposition development Richard Warmsley said: “We spoke to over 1,000 families who told us they find it a hassle to organise a busy family life without nagging or forgetting appointments. They said that something simple and affordable to help with this would be invaluable.

“We took this as a challenge to do something new with technology that would be relevant to a wide range of customers, not just gadget lovers. We’re developing a fantastic package to meet exactly these needs – by creating a family communication network – using ICD’s exciting new internet and entertainment tablet, with T-Mobile’s network at its heart.”

Pricing and availability will be announced closer to the retail launch.