MWC 2012 | ZTE launches four Android tablets

The V9S and V96 pack dual-core CPUs, whereas the PF 100 and T98 are quad-core slates
Ivan Zhekov,

China-based ZTE Corporation introduced four new Android running slates at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The maker is perhaps better known for its smartphones, but is now entering the hot tablet market, hoping the V9SV96PF 100 and T98 will be a success. 

Rumor has it, that the last two models will first be released in Europe; “some of the devices” will supposedly become available to North American customers sometime this year. There is still no word on pricing and an exact release date, though.

Starting with the higher-end models, the PF 100 packs an NVIDIA Tegra T30S central processing unit with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz. Furthermore, this slate is equipped with a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive multitouch-enabled display that has a native resolution of 1280-by-768 pixels, an Icera 450 modem (for HSPA) and two built-in cameras (2MP FF and 5MP AF). It runs an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and houses 1GB of internal DDR2 memory, and 16GB of eMMC storage.

Users are further provided with Wireless LAN, Bluetooth3G and LTE radios accompanied by GPS support (A-GPS) and VGA output. 

ZTE has also unveiled the quad-core T98 tablet, which has pretty much identical base configuration to the PF 100, except for a smaller 7-inch display that still delivers the same WXGA resolution. 

On the dual-core front, the high-end V96 slate is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 CPU with a clock frequency of 1.7GHz. This LTE-compliant device comes with a TFT multi-touchscreen display that measures 10.1-inches in diagonal and offers a maximum supported resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels. According to the manufacturer, the V96 will ship with a pre-installed Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. 

Other features include 1GB of RAM, storage capacity of 16GB, dual cameras, an HDMI interface and Dolby Mobile. Under the hood, this model also sports Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/nBluetoothHSPA+ and GPS modules.   

And lastly, there is the budget ZTE V9S tablet which is quite similar to the V96, with a few exceptions. The slate seems to be driven by a lower-clocked Qualcomm MSM8260 processor that has two physical cores operating at 1.2GHz. Moreover, quite surprisingly, it comes with a Honeycomb (Android 3.2) operating system instead of ICS. 



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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)