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ZTE 7-inch Tablet/Smartphone Coming Soon

Although ZTE usually makes inexpensive OEM feature phones, they have decided to jump on board with the tablet craze after seeing other manufacturers have success. The company’s most recent effort in the Android market involves the company’s new tablet, the ZTE V9 which appeared at MWC earlier this year. The company has recently received approval from the FCC which indicates a likely release of the new tablet sometime this year.

Now, we don’t have any information on pricing just yet but keep in mind this will be a budget tablet marketed towards individuals looking to maximize the dollars they spend. The device will carry Android’s 2.1, Eclair. This still gives consumers a taste of Android without having to break the bank for the latest hardware and software (e.g. Froyo or Gingerbread). It would be a very interesting turn of events to see ZTE adopt the tablet-based version of Android, Honeycomb, but we don’t really expect that to happen given hardware limitations and budget constraints.

In terms of physicality, the device will have a 7-inch display rocking an 800 x 480 resolution, coupled with a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. The device will carry a sufficient 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP camera, 3400mAh battery, and your typical WiFi and Bluetooth features. The tablet will also double as a cell phone supporting GSM 850 and 1900 bands, although probably not the most portable one! The device was released earlier in Russia but awaits clearance for the US version. Take a look at the video below to get a hands on feel of this tablet.

Photo Courtesy of John Karakatsanis
Photo Courtesy of John Karakatsanis