The tablet market has been flooded lately with budget-friendly portable 7 and 8-inchers, all of which crave for a slice of the pie currently shared mostly by Asus and Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fires. There’s Apple’s iPad Mini too, but that’s not exactly cheap, so it appears to have its own battle going on with Samsung’s fresh new Galaxy Note 8.0.
And the latest Nexus 7 “killer” wannabe is ZTE’s unconfirmed V72A. This has been leaked earlier today by Greek blog Techblog.gr and has both an almost complete spec sheet and a blurry pic. We can’t say the image is very trustworthy, while the list of features… well, let’s have a look at it, shall we?
- 7-inch LCD panel with 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution (169 ppi pixel density)
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play processor
- Adreno 203 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 3G/HSPA support
- 2 MP rear-facing camera
- Secondary VGA cam
- 4 GB of on-board storage
- MicroSD support for expanding the memory with up to 32 GB
- Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth, micro USB, HDMI
- 4,000 mAh battery
- 193 x 127 x 11.3 mm dimensions
- 418 grams weight
Talk about a mixed bag of nuts, eh? On one hand, you have the 1 GB of RAM, which is all you could want from a cheap 7-incher. There’s also Android 4.1 and 3G connectivity, again making this look like a very strong Nexus 7 challenger.
On top of it all, there’s microSD support and dual cameras, two of N7’s biggest flaws. The 4,000 mAh battery is not bad either, being just a tad smaller than the one inside the Nexus. And what about the HDMI support? Outstanding, right?
Well, not so fast. Because for each strong point, the ZTE V72A has an equally as important flaw. The 1,024 x 600 pix res display is probably the biggest of them all, boasting a ppi that’s, well, terrible. The dual-core S4 Play processor is sub-par too, being a gamer’s nightmare.
And while we could maybe overlook the 4 gigs of internal memory (there’s microSD after all), the 418 grams weight sounds horrific. The Nexus 7 is a whopping 78 grams lighter and that’s while packing a heftier battery, so what the heck is ZTE thinking?!?
Oh, well, maybe the V72A will look better in reality than it does on paper. Or at least be crazy cheap. Like $100 cheap.