gGadget > Sprint® Tablet, ZTE Optik, Launches February 5
There’s a new $100 tablet in town, and it’s Sprint’s ZTE Optik. Earlier today, Sprint and ZTE officially announced that they have plans of releasing the ZTE Optik this Sunday, February 5. Sprint customers will be able to purchase the tablet for a mere $100, if they sign up for a two-year data plan. If they choose not to sign up for one of the Sprint tablet plans, they’ll have to pay $349.99 for the device. If you’re looking to buy a tablet and were already thinking about paying for a data plan, the ZTE Optik may be an affordable way to go.
This new Sprint Droid Tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS and comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, which means it’s not a sluggish tablet. However, it’s not necessarily the fastest on the market. This ZTE tablet for Sprint also offers 16 GB of internal memory, 1 GB of RAM, a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera, and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera. The front-facing camera allows users to video chat on services like Skype. The ZTE Optik’s 7 inch screen and lightweight body makes the device feel similar to a Kindle Fire when you’re holding it. This tablet connects to Sprint’s 3G network. So, users expecting 4G LTE speeds may be disappointed.
The $100 conditional price of the ZTE Optik seems to be one of the many indications that prices of Android tablets are going down and will likely stay down for most of 2012. As of now, we can assume that mobile carriers will release several additional $100 tablet options. Few of them, however, will likely be sold for just $100 without purchase of data plans.
Official Release Date: February 5