Chinese company ZTE has been cranking out phones, tablets, and other devices for a few years — but the company is just starting to sell its products in western companies under its own brand name. Earlier this month Sprint started offering the ZTE Optik tablet in the US, and now yu can pick up a ZTE Light Tab II in the UK.
Clove Technology is offering the Light Tab 2 for £235 including VAT. If I had to choose, I’d go for the American Optik tablet which has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, a dual core processor, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
The ZTE Light Tab 2, on the other hand, looks like a tablet that was designed a year or two agao. It has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single core processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
The tablet has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a microSDHC card slot for expansion. The good news is that the tablet supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G, has front and rear cameras, and comes with the Android Market and other Google apps.
ZTE’s tablet also has one other unusual feature – an FM radio. That’s something that you usually find in phones, rather than tablets. But even if you don’t want to stick the 7 inch tablet in your pocket to listen to some tunes while you go for a walk, I suppose you could use the tablet as a battery powered radio around the house. ZTE says it should get up to 5.5 hours of battery life.
Where is the Pixel Qi screen…. did you check for that in the specs… Remember the JKK video?
Is this the same device that was supposed to have Pixel Qi? Granted, I would rather have 1280×768 in a Pixel Qi screen, but… if priced right, then I could see this vs a Nook or Kindle (same resolution as this)? There is a 10.1inch 1280×768 screen under development at Pixel Qi = why not a 7 inch?
The Light Tab 2 is the one JKK looked at and that’s suppose to start coming out in March 2012. Though it was first announced back in February 2011 and there has been some confusion over the specs since then.
Originally it was supposed to be released last year but apparently got delayed for unspecified reasons. Engadget reported in November that it would have a IPS display but Nate from The Digital Reader reported last month that it should definitely be coming with the Pixel Qi screen.
However, keep in mind that specs may be different for different regions it gets released in. So they may be both right, but we’ll have to wait either for it to be sold or a official company statement to be sure.
While the Optik that Brad also mentions is a different model that offers higher resolution screen and that won’t be with the Pixel Qi. Since the higher resolution Pixel Qi screens aren’t available yet.
This model’s not going to have it. Pixel Qi and ZTE were working together on this last year, but due to manufacturing problems and delays the Light Tab 2 will ship without Pixel Qi.
Pixel Qi did tell me that ZTE is continuing to evaluate their screens and we could see future tablets from ZTE with the displays — but that’s not a done deal yet.
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