ZTE V98

ZTE V98 is a metal-backed 10-inch Windows 8 slate (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain--ZTE's V98 tablet was initially announced in September of last year but it's shown its face again at Mobile World Congress. The V98 is a 10-inch tablet packing an Intel Atom processor and full-fat Windows 8. I went in for a closer look.

In terms of design, the V98 is pretty unremarkable. The front is home to an unbroken sheet of glass, bordered by machined aluminum edging. That metal continues all the way around the back too. The full-metal jacket gives the V98 a more premium feel, although aesthetically, it's unlikely to get your heart racing.

It feels reasonably well put together, and the metal casing should help protect the delicate internals from the wear and tear of screen-swiping life. The only problem I found was in the flap that clips open to reveal the microSD card slot. It feels extremely flimsy and easy to snap off and didn't sit flush against the casing when closed.

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