Last week at Mobile World Congress 2012, ZTE announced a lot of devices, including two LTE devices that should be coming to North America, and this 10.1-inch quad-core tablet called the PF100.
Beyond the quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, the ZTE PF100 will support 28 MBps HSPA+, run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and pack a 5 megapixel camera on the rear. The usual ameneties, like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and HDMI-out are also included. Build-wise, the PF100 was reasonably slim, though heavy, and had a Xoom-style design on the rear. In addition to the PF100, ZTE also announced three dual-core LTE tablets that looked like they would work on North American bands - the V6, V8, and V96. During their press conference, ZTE confirmed that one of them would be landing in the U.S. in Q2, but didn't specify which. Sprint is already offering the suspiciously-cheap ZTE Optik; maybe the PF100 would offer a nice upper-end counterpoint.
Sure, the PF100's Nvidia chip handles 3D graphics fine, but as you can see in my performance with Fruit Ninja, the touchscreen tracking is still very sketchy. I'd chalk it up to pre-launch wonkiness for the time being, but it does have me worried that ZTE will have a hard time building a good reputation in North America. Of course, if ZTE could offer the PF100 for $300 or under, then folks might be willing to forgive a few glitches.
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