ZTE, the Chinese company which is making serious inroads into the smartphone markets around the globe, is now launching its first own-branded tablet in the UK.
The ZTE Light II, or the ZTE V9A as it is also known, will be “coming soon” to the UK but ZTE has not confirmed a specific date when it will go on sale. It is currently on pre-order from online retailer Clove for £235.
The 7in ZTE Light II certainly won’t be challenging the likes of the iPad 2 or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime as its hardware and software are decidedly vintage in tablet terms. The 7in screen is of the TFT-LCD variety when most premium (and some not-so-premium) tablets are using IPS technology. The screen will will have a resolution of 1,024×600.
The tablet will be powered by a single-core Qualcomm CPU running at 1.4GHz, will come with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage as well as a microSD card slot which supports SDHC cards.
In terms of connectivity, you’ll get Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSDPA 14.4Mbps and A-GPS. It will have a 3 megapixel camera on the rear along with a 0.3 megapixel camera on the front. It will measure 202x122x12.6mm and weight 402g.
The one thing which will let the whole thing down however is the presence of Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is now two generations old and was designed to work on smartphones and not tablets.
While £235 may not be a lot compared to the cost of the Transformer Prime or iPad 2, it is still a sizeable chunk of change for a tablet with such poor specs. However, we’ll reserve final judgement until we get one into the office for testing.
Let us know in the comments if the ZTE Light II would appeal to you.