ZTE shows off its V81 8-inch Android tablet, but keeps quiet about the cost

ZTE V81ZTE is getting better at releasing interesting, well-specced smartphones, but its tablet range still leaves plenty to be desired; however, it has revealed images and spec details for a new tablet, named the V81, and published them on its website. It appears ZTE’s plan emulates that of its competitors: provide a good spec tablet at a potentially low cost.

The V81 starts off on a positive note as it has an 8-inch screen, but it’s let down by a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. Powering the device is a dual-core, 1.4GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, while the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system is bang up-to-date. The slightly disappointing 4GB of internal storage space can at least be boosted by a microSD card up to 32GB, plus the V81 has both a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA video call lens.

Further good news is its built-in cellular connectivity, along with – if we’re reading the specs correctly, a full-size USB and HDMI port. Of course, both of these could turn out to be their miniature counterparts, but if not, it’s a considerable bonus for anyone wanting a tablet suitable for media consumption. The spec list concludes with GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 3700mAh battery.

The V81 ends up with a feature list to challenge the iPad Mini, but given ZTE’s build quality probably won’t be up there with Apple’s, we’re expecting the price tag to be considerably less. ZTE hasn’t listed a cost or release date for the V81, however we may only have to wait until Mobile World Congress to find out these final, but important details.