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A new tablet is coming to the Sprint network next month, though it's definitely on the budget-minded side of things. The ZTE Optik will be available to Sprint customers starting February 5th through Sprint's online store, with a brick and mortar appearance to follow on March 11th. Here's a quick breakdown on the need-to-know specs for the Optik:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (we'd expect TI OMAP 4430, but that's a guess - yours is as good as ours)
  • 7" display (resolution unknown - we're predicting 1280x800)
  • 1 GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 5MP rear / 2MP front camera
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • $99 w/ 2 year agreement, $349 off-contract

Check it out, below:

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Thanks, Captain Anonymous!

Update: Sprint just make the Optik official. PR:

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & RICHARDSON, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE

), February 02, 2012 - Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 5, Sprint (NYSE:S) will introduce its first tablet for under $100, ZTE Optik™, a Sprint 3G tablet featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display with WXGA 1280x800 resolution and pinch-to-zoom, Android™ 3.2, Honeycomb, and dual cameras.

ZTE Optik will be available through Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and online (www.sprint.com

) for just $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. It will also be available without a service agreement for $349.99, and business customers may qualify for special pricing. (All pricing excludes tax.)

“Sprint is committed to delivering exceptional value and feature-rich devices to our customers,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “ZTE Optik packs great features for under $100. When this device is combined with our Tablet Connection plans, customers can easily keep their personal and professional lives organized, stay connected with their social networks and get things done while on the go.”

Powered by Android 3.2, Honeycomb, the version of Android designed specifically for tablets, ZTE Optik is a dynamic e-reader, media player and portable computing device. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm®Snapdragon® processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that allows the user to get work done or stay entertained surfing the web, playing games and watching videos with Adobe® Flash® enabled websites. It has two cameras – a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera that enables video chat.

“ZTE Optik is ZTE’s first tablet in North America and makes the tablet experience available to a new segment of consumers,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO, ZTE USA and president, North America Region, ZTE. “Paired with Sprint’s cutting-edge network, ZTE Optik provides an exceptional user experience to consumers who demand affordability, flexibility and mobility in one package.”

For those that want to get more out of their tablet, ZTE Optik provides access to Android Market™, which features more than 400,000 useful apps, games and widgets. Additional key features of ZTE Optik include:

  • Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Google Books™ and YouTube™
  • Sprint Zone, Sprint TV, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint Navigation, Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
  • Swype™
  • Integrated GPS
  • 4000 mAh Lithium-ion battery
  • Expandable memory slot, supporting up to a 32GB microSD card (not included)
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headset

ZTE Optik can be activated on one of Sprint’s Tablet Connection plans. Sprint offers four plans designed specifically for tablets, starting at $19.99 for 1GB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data and $79.99 for 12GB of data.1 (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.) Customers are able to view their data usage by logging into My Sprint at www.sprint.com

.

ZTE Optik can also be used as a Mobile Hotspot allowing up to five users to simultaneously surf the web using Wi-Fi®. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month and utilizes data in the customer’s tablet plan. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Timothy

    Excited about affordable tablets coming to vendors now . Not everyone wants an iPhone or iPad !!!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Except it's 3G-only (I believe there's no unlimited data on tablets even on Sprint) and $99 on a 2-year contract. I'd hardly call that exciting at all.

      • whiteyonenh

        No LTE? Nah, I'll pass. If I were to buy a tablet, I'd expect it to at least last a while, 3G is just absolutely horrid on Sprint. Also, current-gen iPad also isn't 4G, so no real loss. I don't see this as a product to compete on the high-end pricewise with the iPad, but at least throw us a bone and put Wimax or LTE on it.

        • Mark

          3g on sprint is great! It's nearly everywhere where I live and I've never had an issue. Youtube starts after about 1-2 second buffer on average.

          Sorry that your current area doesn't have good 3g coverage, that's the only explanation. No need to bash the entire network because of your phone or coverage.

          More importantly, no need to spread false information on a forum that people check for accurate info.

        • scott

          @Mark, then you're the lucky one, anywhere I went when I had Sprint, there was nothing but molasses like 3G speed, dropped calls, and lousy CS.

        • JohnK

          Mark isn't the only one with great sprint coverage. I travel all over the south east from north Carolina to Florida and Alabama. Home base in south Carolina and cover every deer trail in Georgia. Very few dropped calls and never have a problem surfing the net. LTL trucker rollin all over the place and love sprint, not that tablet though

        • Jon Garrett

          when the iPad 3 comes out and it wont have LTE you'd still go out and buy it.

  • Sean

    the smart cover is about half the price of the tablet...

  • Josh C

    i'd be surprised if apple doesnt try another patent war over the name "smart cover"

  • hugobosslives

    there's a tegra 3 zte tablet out soon (search youtube for zte tegra 3) which will be worth holding out for if you want a budget tablet

    • NYC_Dude

      Asus also has a quad core 7 inch tablet for $250 coming out as well.

      • gosa

        But does it have 3G?
        (I'm referring to the Asus)

        • Kumarkoli

          Yes it is having 3G in this phone .

  • Rob

    What's with America getting cheap tablets all of a sudden and us Brits having to stick with £300-£500 ones?

    • gosa

      I feel your pain Rob - it's just as bad here in Spain....

  • http://www.hitechcoffee.blogspot.com adrianx26

    this is same like ZTE V71A aka vodafone smart tab 7 aka france SFR Startab.

    The problem is the 40pins connectors