Honeycomb on a Budget: Sprint debuts the $99 ZTE Optik

Sprint today announced the wallet-friendly ZTE Optik, a $100 Honeycomb tablet with respectable hardware.  Running Android 3.2 and powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, additional specs include 1GB RAM and 16GB storage.  The Optik features a 7-inch capacitive touch display with 1280×800 (WXGA) resolution and also offers a 5-MP/2-MP camera combo. In other words, this is one of the best budget tablets available.

In terms of connectivity, the ZTE Optik supports Sprint’s 3G network as opposed to WiMAX or LTE.  It’s also worth pointing out that Wi-Fi  is 802.11 b/g and not the ‘n’ that some of you might be looking for.

The ZTE Optik arrives on Sunday, February 5th at $99.99 with a two-year service agreement or $349.99 as a standalone purchase.  We’d like to see the price of the off-contract model come down a bit, however it should be a great first tablet experience for users.

Consumers can pick which data plan they need/want and have four options:

  • $19.99 for 1GB of data
  • $34.99 for 3GB of data
  • $49.99 for 6GB of data
  • $79.99 for 12GB of data

ZTE Optik fact sheet


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