China’s ZTE Introduces First U.S. Tablet, the $99 Optik for Sprint
ZTE, the fast-growing Chinese phone maker, on Thursday announced its first tablet for the U.S. market.
The Optik, for Sprint, will sell for $99 with a two-year contract, or $349 without a contract. It runs the Honeycomb version of Android, packs a dual-core Qualcomm chip, front and rear cameras and a 7-inch screen.
ZTE has laid out some ambitious goals, both globally and in North America. The company says it wants to become a player in hotspots, phones and tablets here.
“That’s our strategy this year,” ZTE USA chief Lixin Cheng told AllThingsD last month.
In a statement on Thursday, Cheng said that the Optik should make tablets available to a new range of customers.
Whether it can do that, or will instead just become one of many low-cost Android tablets, remains to be seen.