If you are not a loyal Apple fan and if you feel that any product should be judged by its productivity and not by its branding alone, then perhaps you will love this new tablet from ZTE. Last February 5, the ZTE Optik was officially launched via Sprint, and we found the slate to be pretty decent for the price tag. The 7-inch tablet is priced at a modest price tag of $100 with a two-year contract and $350 for just the device alone. The ZTE Optik features a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and pinch-to-zoom functionality. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and it includes a 1 GB RAM and a 16 GB storage. Unfortunately, as far as we know, the Optik will only be running Android 3.2, Honeycomb. We’re not really sure if Android 4.0 will be coming to the device soon. Nevertheless, the ZTE Optik is specifically designed to serve as an e-reader, a media player and a portable computing device, like most tablets.
Unlike the iPad, the ZTE Optik comes with Adobe support, which means that you can surf the web as long as want and play games and watch those videos just like you do on your laptop or personal computer. The device also comes with two cameras – a 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 Megapixel camera, perfect for video calling. Other features like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and expandable MMC slots are also included.
As a side note, this is actually Sprint’s first tablet that was launched with a $100 pricing. Hence, given the amount of money that this device is worth, you may have to compromise a little bit. For instance, if you are buying the tablet on contract, you will have to mandatorily sign a two-year contract, choose an appropriate data plan and endure the lock-in period until it expires. But that completely depends on you. However, if you are planning to buy a tablet PC under a tight budget, then the ZTE Optik is an answered prayer.