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ZTE V66 Tablet Appears Online

Another ZTE tablet, the V66, has emerged online courtesy of the FCC and will be running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb rather than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The tablet, which will almost certainly appear at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, will feature a dual core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz (either from Qualcomm or from TI), Bluetooth, a 7-inch 1280x800 pixel display - the first time we've seen this resolution on a tablet with this diagonal size, 4G LTE, 1GB RAM and a 4000mAh battery.

The tablet will be exclusive to Verizon Wireless, though there's no indication yet as to when exactly it will go on sale and at what price.

Expect the V66 to be available for around $300, which would translate into £250 in the UK. That would put it squarely in the vicinity of the soon-to-be retired Samsung Galaxy Tab or £170 10.1-inch Advent Vega.

In addition, we suspect that the V66 - which will appear at the same time as the ZTE Light Tab 2 - will be available from mobile phone operators first.

ZTE, like Huawei, will see 2012 as a crucial year to catch up with the tier-1 Android device manufacturers like Sony, Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC, and MWC 2012 will be an important stepping stone towards this.