ZTE announces new tablet computer

 The Chinese vendor ZTE has announced a new tablet computer powered by the Android 2.1 operating system...

The Chinese vendor ZTE has announced a new tablet computer powered by the Android 2.1 operating system. Dubbed the ZTE Light, the new device is claimed to be “altogether a more portable, easy-to-use and internet-friendly tablet PC, adding a brand new experience to entertainment and internet access.”

The ZTE Light can connect to HSPA and Wi-Fi networks, and also includes GPS and a 3MP camera. It is competing with Samsung’s Android-powered tablet, the Galaxy, and like its competitor features a 7-inch screen.

Apple’s iPad has opened the floodgates of the tablet PC market, with vendors such as RIM and Samsung unveiling new tablets, while Toshiba and LG are reportedly looking to follow suit. Although it has not revealed its pricing plan, the ZTE Light is expected to undercut this competition.

The 7-inch screen seems to have become an industry standard, and is expected to catch on in the tablet market, with Apple and Dell rumoured to be working on devices of this size. LG has reportedly held back on releasing a tablet computer so that its device can support the as-yet-unreleased Android 3.0, which is likely to be optimised for tablets.

There are a vast number of competing devices in the tablet market, and the wide variety of specifications of different models has reportedly prompted Google to restrict Android marketplace access for tablet computers in order to prevent customers from purchasing apps that are incompatible with their devices.

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