Sprint's next tablet to be $100 ZTE Optik

The carrier aims for mass appeal with a budget-friendly tablet with moderate hardware.

Can Sprint attract the masses with a $100 ZTE tablet? SprintFeed

Details for Sprint's next Android-powered tablet have leaked online and if you thought the carrier was going high-end you'd be completely wrong.

According to a leak obtained by SprintFeed, we can expect to see the ZTE Optik arrive in early February with a $100 price tag. You'll still have to sign a two-year agreement with a minimum rate plan, but things could be worse .

Hardware for the 7-inch ZTE tablet is impressive for the money and includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB storage, and 1GB RAM. Running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, its additional specifications include a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD expansion, and 4000mAh battery.

For connectivity, the Optik offers 3G support as opposed to Sprint's WiMAX or 4G LTE network. I suspect this won't matter all that much to the user-base as most tablet owners I speak with tend to prefer Wi-Fi anyhow.

Assuming the leak is true, we can look forward to seeing the ZTE Optik arrive online February 5. Sprint's retail stores are expected to offer the budget-friendly tablet one month later, on March 11. For those of you who prefer to buy your tablet without a contract, the document indicates pricing should be $249.99.

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Scott Webster has spent the better part of his adult life playing with cell phones and gadgets. When not looking for the latest Android news and rumors, he relaxes with his wife and son. Scott also is the senior editor for AndroidGuys. E-mail Scott.


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