Our very own Gordon Ung summed success in the tech world pretty succinctly in this month's issue: if you want to make your product a hit, it helps to make it cheap. Looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE was paying attention. This Super Bowl Sunday, the company is releasing a new 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet -- the ZTE Optik -- with pretty decent specs and a $100 price tag that undercuts the Kindle Fire by half.
There's a catch, of course. To get that dirt-cheap price, you'll need to sign up for a 2-year data plan with Sprint,
whose tablet data options start at $20 for 1GB/mo
. (Wha...?!) Otherwise, you'll need to plunk down $350 in upfront cash to go plan-free.
So what's that $100-plus-data-fee get you? Here's the specs ZTE owned up to in its press release:
Notably missing: 4G support. Yep, despite the fact that ZTE sounds curiously close to LTE, this bad-boy's 3G CDMA only. Could its low contract price woo you into buying a ZTE Optik, or would you rather stick to Wi-Fi only or contract-free tablets that cost more money in the short term, but less cash (and more freedom) in the long term?