The bigshots that were expected to unveil tablets at IFA 2012 did exactly that, with Samsung and Sony showcasing new slates. A name we don’t usually associate with tablets is Haier, that unveiled some new tablets at IFA 2012. Chinese based company Haier is now one of the tablet makers and we knew this name from the household appliances business, devices that this company makes.

One of Haier’s fresh products includes an iPad Killer, a tablet called Maxi Pad 1012. It adopts the 9.7 inch diagonal and 1024 x 768 pixel resolution of older iPads (1st and second generation) and runs Android 4.0 ICS out of the box. The tablet relies on an ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with WiFi b/g/n connectivity, 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a mini USB port and mini HDMI connector. No information about the CPU, RAM or battery on this device, but it sounds pretty decent so far.

The company also unveiled a phone, called the Phone Pad 551, that’s actually a phablet with a 5.4 inch 940 x 540 pixel resolution. The device runs a mystery version of Android, maybe Jelly Bean, has an 8 MP camera and 4 GB of storage on board, as well as WiFi, 3G and GPS. No info about pricing sadly.