Chinese handset maker ZTE is to enter the crowded UK tablet market with a 7in device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Known as the ZTE Light Tab II, the device will be the vendor's first own-branded tablet to be offered for sale to UK consumers, but pricing and availability dates have yet to be fixed, a ZTE spokesperson told V3.
However, the device already appears to be listed by UK web distributor Clove Technology at a price of £234.99, with stock due in late February or early March.
With a 7in 1024x600 capacitive touch screen, it will be one of the smaller tablets on sale, and weighs in at just over 400g, according to ZTE.
Many potential buyers will be disappointed that the device comes with Android 2.3, a version of Google's platform that is now several releases behind the latest build.
The device is based on a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SnapDragon processor with just 512MB of memory and a micro SD slot for storage expansion, plus HSPA network capability and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
ZTE has also included an FM radio, and claims the battery is good enough for over five hours of movie watching. Light Tab II carries a three megapixel rear camera for photos and video, plus a second front-facing camera for video conferencing.
The Light Tab II appears to be a resonable price, but ZTE is up against UK network operator Orange, which has already launched an Android 3.2 tablet, available for just £70 on a 24-month Orange data plan.
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