The first quad-core Tegra 3 tablet to be spotted in the flesh, smeared with fingerprints like a page three model stumbling out of a nightclub, has appeared. And surprisingly, it's a ZTE T98. ZTE is a manufacturer usually associated with budget devices, not necessarily those with the latest, greatest tech inside.
The ZTE T98 was spotted being shown off at an event in Beijing, and it sounds like a device to keep a keen eye on. It features a 7in screen, Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and the quad-core Tegra 3 processor. If ZTE can pull off its usual trick of miraculously undercutting the opposition on price, by a significant margin, this could be one of the most promising new Android tablets of the next 12 months.
Not oleophobic then, eh?
Other features include dual cameras, boasting 2-megapixel and 5-megapixel resolutions, a 4000mAh battery and 11.5mm thickness. Aside from its screen size we do not yet know if the ZTE T98 features a top-end IPS screen, always a top priority on our tablet wish list.
A similar ZTE tablet was spotted recently within an FCC filing - the body any telecommunications device needs to get the all-clear from before going on sale in the US. However, this tablet, the "Smart Tab 7", features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor rather than the blazingly-fast quad-core Tegra 3 model.
An FCC image of a similar ZTE tab shows its dimpled backside
This filing points towards a few more possible features of the T98's design, though. It may have a dimpled back - perhaps not as desirable as the flat backs of the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but this should improve grip. What we want to know, though, is how much the ZTE T98 would have to undercut the iPads and Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2s (also to feature the Tegra 3 processor) of this world to lighten your wallet?
via Know Your Mobile