ZTE's new Light Tab 2, otherwise known as the V9A, has gone on preorder at Clove for a mere £235 with the first stocks expected to reach the retailer in late February, possibly during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The tablet comes with a familiar array of hardware that can be found on most tablets this size; there's a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM but a mere 4GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microUSB port, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front facing one, a 3400mAh removable battery and a microSDHC card slot.
As expected it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Android Honeycomb, and the fact that it comes with 3G connectivity means that you will be able to go online without the need for an external dongle.
However, the tablet will face some serious competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, models from Archos and Viewsonic, the Lenovo Idea Pad A1 and even the discounted (but still more expensive) HTC Flyer 3G which comes with 32GB of storage.
Apart from the HTC device, none of them are more powerful than the ZTE Light Tab 2 although they are significantly cheaper.
Chinese-based ZTE is one of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in the world but has yet to launch tablets capable of rivalling other Android devices.