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German cordless phone maker Gigaset launching Android tablets

Gigaset Android tablets
Don't expect to see these Gigaset tablets outside of Germany any time soon
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A German company best known for its cordless phones has announced it's making the jump into Android tablet production with two new slates.

Gigaset isn't a household name outside Germany, but the 8-inch QV830 and the 10-inch QV1030 might go over well in the company's home country.

The higher-end option is nothing to sneeze at; it packs a fun quad-core Tegra 4 processor.

Unfortunately the Gigaset tablets are only scheduled for a German launch at this time, and for them to reach elsewhere (especially as far as the US) would take a huge leap of faith.

Update: We've been told by a Gigaset spokesperson that the tablets will also be winging their way to the UK, with a release date scheduled for Spring 2014.

Specs and such

TechRadar has mentioned Gigaset twice: once this past summer to note that a cordless phone had gone on sale, and before that in 2007 to discuss an odd-looking phone called the Siemens Gigaset Helium.

But the two new Gigaset tablets aren't quick cash-ins.

The QV830 is the more budget-friendly of the two, with a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek chip, a 1024 x 768 screen, 8GB of storage, and 5- and 1.2-megapixel cameras.

The QV1030 is more impressive, with a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 chip, a 2560 x 1600 screen, 16GB of storage, and moderately better 8- and 1.2-megapixel cameras.

The Gigaset Android tablets will both run the slightly outdated Android 4.2: Jelly Bean.

They're scheduled to be released in Germany in early December for €199 ($270, £165, AU$296) and €369 ($502, £307, AU$550), respectively.

At those price points these tablets might find it difficult to compete with the myriad other high-end tablets on the global market, so maybe it's best they remain on familiar turf.

Via Engadget

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.


Micheal also spent time as the Games Editor for Playboy.com, and was the managing editor at GameSpot before becoming an Animal Care Manager for Wags and Walks.