The ASUS Transformer Prime was the first quad-core Tegra 3 powered tablet to hit the mainstream market, but this week at CES 2012 we have learned that there are going to be some great alternatives for consumers if they do not fancy the Prime.
We have already told you about the Toshiba Excite which will be packing a quad-core Tegra 3 chip this year, as will a tablet from Lenovo which also features a quad-core processor. Now though, a new contender has entered the scene and it may be the most affordable Tegra 3 tablet available, and it comes from ZTE.
Their tablet, the ZTE T98 has been on show at CES 2012 and naturally there is a lot of interest since it packs a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, as well as the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1. You’ll be interested to know that ZTE is a Chinese brand and they were given the permission to display their new 7-inch tablet directly at NVIDIA’s booth.
Other features of the ZTE T98 include a 1280×800 HD display, 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. It has a thinness of just 11.5mm, comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and support for 1080p. There’s no word on when the T98 will be available or how much it will cost, but we imagine it will be available for the Asia market first, and will come in at a price that is significantly cheaper than the Transformer Prime.
If you want to see this live in action at CES 2012, we have found a video below for you to take a look at which gives you a brief run through of hardware specs and software. Considering how popular iPad alternatives are over in China, we have a feeling that this quad-core effort from ZTE may turn out to be a big seller as well. For those of you who are interested in importing, we’ll try and get our hands on one for a closer look.