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ZTE Optik official: 7-inch 3G Honeycomb tablet for $99 on contract

The options for cheap tablets are increasing, thanks to Chinese manufacturers like ZTE. Their first entry into the American tablet market is the Optik, a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet bound for The Now Network starting this Sunday, February 5th. The Optik is roughly the equal of the Huawei Springboard (AKA MediaPad) over on T-Mobile, with one important distinction: it starts at just $99. Of course, to get that sweet price you'll need to sign a two-year contract for a data plan. This tablet is probably in the same family as the ZTE V66 we saw earlier.

ZTE V66 tablet for Verizon spotted in Bluetooth filing

We've seen ZTE next-generation 7-inch tablet before, but only as a rounded rectangle courtesy of the FCC. Now Unwired View spotted the ZTE V66 running through the certification gauntlet at Bluetooth SIG. There isn't much more to report on the Verizon-bound device, except that it's certainly got Bluetooth. But the spcial interest group was kind enough to throw up a thumbnail of the tablet's front press shot, which you can see blown up below. While no dates are mentioned, the presence of a finished photo indicates that the tablet is ready for release soon - though not necessarily on Verizon.

ZTE V9A–Light Tab 2 heads to Clove in February

By all accounts cheap electronics are thin on the ground in the UK, and the XOOM or Transformer that costs $500 here could cost the equivalent of around $750 across the pond. That being the case, UK residents might be interested in the latest offering from budget manufacturer ZTE. The V9A–Light Tab 2, in addition to having a catchy name, has a price tag of just £234.99 including VAT according to retailer Clove. That's about $365 in USD. The tablet should be available in late February.

Lenovo, ZTE and other Chinese OEMs band together to fight Android patent trolls

If you're tired of seeing all the patent lawsuit stories that pop up on Android Community, imagine how tired we are of writing them. We're not alone, and a group of Chinese manufacturers is reportedly joining forces to fight off the legal bulldogs from Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and the like. DigiTimes reports that Lenovo, ZTE and smaller manufacturers TCL, Coolpad and Konka have formed an alliance to jointly defend against corporate patent trolls in the huge and growing Chinese smartphone market.

ZTE’s Vivacity lands on T-Mobile in the UK

We got a glimpse at the ZTE "T-Mobile" Vivacity early this month, and lo and behold, it's arrived on the UK branch of everyone's favorite magenta-tinted carrier. The mid-range Gingerbread phone is available now from T-Mobile for a £10 monthly charge, or £99 on a contract-free plan. The device loses its manufacturer branding, like many OEM phones on T-Mobile.

Orange San Francisco II Smartphone unveiled on video

You all may remember the ZTE Blade, better know as the Orange San Francisco budget phone that was launched late last year. It ended up being more successful than many probably thought and now they have the big brother set to debut. This is the Orange San Francisco II and it should be available late this month.

ZTE Warp for Boost Mobile travels to a lower price, now just $199

Boost Mobile just recently launched their newest and best prepaid Android device in the ZTE Warp. Becoming available just two days ago on November 2nd, we have some good news for potential buyers although if you already picked this up you might not want to keep reading. Today Boost Mobile has decided after two days to lower the price, all the details are after the break.
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