ZTE V9 Android tablet gets FCC approval

ZTE is known mostly for its cost effective OEM feature phones, but the company is slowly making its presence known in the tablet market as well. Their new Android tablet, the ZTE V9 , appeared at MWC earlier this year and it was approved by the FCC – which indicates a launch in the U.S. in the near future.

The V9 is an Android 2.1 tablet that features a 7-inch screen with an 800 x 480 resolution.  The device features a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor with 1GB of RAM, and external storage supported via microSD.  Other features include a 3.2MP rear facing camera, 3400mAh battery with an expected 500 hours of standby time, WiFi and Bluetooth.  We’re not thrilled about the V9’s reliance on Android 2.1, but shots of the device’s interface in the gallery below don’t look bad.

WiFi and Bluetooth make up the connectivity options with the ZTE V9 tablet that will otherwise also support GSM 850 and 1900 and 3G WCDMA bands making the tablet to also act as a phone if required. The V9 will also have a 3.2 megapixel camera built into the rear of the tablet while with its 3400mAh battery, that V9 is expected to have 500 hours of standby time.

However, the one aspect of the V9 tablet that will surely not be liked by many is the fact that the tablet runs Android 2.1 version of the Google OS. This at a time when even smartphones running Android 2.1 are slowly being upgraded to run the higher version while there is an Android version available exclusively for use in a tablet device. The UI though looks pretty slick and inviting.

Internal photos of the V9 show a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, Qualcomm power management chip and Samsung SDRAM.  A “Plus” version of the V9 with a 1GHz processor will be available as well. There is no word yet on pricing or release date.