By TWICE Staff On Feb 13 2012 - 6:01am
ZTE Bows $99 Tablet
RICHARDSON, TEXAS –
cellphone supplier ZTE launched its
first U.S. market tablet through Sprint.
The ZTE Optik is available for $99 with
two-year 3G cellular-service agreement
and $349 without service agreement to
make “the tablet experience available
to a new segment of consumers,” said
Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE USA.
The price compares to $249 for these
lowest-price cellular-equipped tablets
with two-year data contract, as of early
February: T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ Springboard
and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus,
both with 7-inch screens; AT&T’s $299
4G LTE 7-inch Pantech Element; and Verizon’s
3G $229 7-inch Galaxy Tab.
The 3G device became available Feb.
5 through Sprint’s direct channels. Sales
through indirect channels will commence
sometime after Feb. 5, ZTE said.
The device features 7-inch touchscreen,
tablet-optimized Android 3.2
Honeycomb OS, and dual cameras.
Other key features include 1.2GHz
dual-core processor, 16GB of storage,
GPS, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera,
front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and
mobile hotspot capability allowing up to
five users to share a cellular-data connection
via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
Galaxy Note at $299
AT&T priced the Samsung
Galaxy Note, a 4G Android smartphone
with large 5.3-inch screen, at $299.
The device, promoted as a cross between
a tablet and smartphone, will be
available in stores Feb. 19, but preorders
begin Feb. 5 for delivery by Feb. 17.
The smartphone-tablet hybrid features
4G LTE and 4G HDPA+ technology
and will be available in carbon blue
and ceramic white.
The carrier contends the device will
replace multiple devices for many consumers,
including e-readers, because of
the display’s size and use of proprietary
high-definition 1,280 by 800-pixel Super
AMOLED technology, said to make the
display to read indoors and outdoors.
The Note comes with a stylus to jot
down handwritten notes and drawings.
Readies 4G LTE
Regional carrier U.S. Cellular
will launch its 700MHz 4G LTE
network in March in areas reaching 25
percent of the population its markets.
The March rollout includes select cities
in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North
Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.