Earlier today, we heard that ZTE was planning to bring some high quality 4G LTE smartphones to the US sometime next year. Well, it turns out that their 2012 lineup will include a tablet too, as one was just spotted going through the FCC
As you can see above, the basic design appears unremarkable and generic, but the image does at least provide us the model number V66 and a 4G LTE logo to work with. No specifications were mentioned, but fortunately ZTE showed a very similar device in China earlier this year. From that announcement, we can gather that this tablet will probably have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, at least one camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Running on this hardware will be Android 3.2 Honeycomb, a good sign that ZTE is working with Google on this tablet. If they are, that would mean that unlike many devices from China, the V66 would be able to include the Android Market and other Google apps.
The tablet's LTE bands and logo also match up with Verizon's 4G network, which makes it seem very likely that the tablet will be sold by the carrier. If that is the case, I highly doubt Verizon would sell a device without the Market, so everything points to the V66 being Google approved.
So far, this tablet is actually looking pretty stellar. It remains to be seen if the hardware is solid or the price too high, but if ZTE's future products look this good, they may be able to build their brand in the US after all.[Engadget]