SMART Communications recently launched the ZTE V9, a 7-inch tablet running on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system. The ZTE V9 is expected to retail for P12,795, a good deal considering that current Android tablets are priced at about P20,000 or higher.
To make the ZTE V9 more attractive, Smart is offering the device on installment terms. You may pay in six monthly installments at 0 percent interest. The device comes with a Smart Bro prepaid SIM.
“The ZTE V9 is an affordable way for our subscribers to get the rich Internet experience of desktops and laptops, and the convenience and portability of Internet-capable mobile phones,” Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea said in a press statement.
“We know that many Filipinos still access the Internet mainly through Internet cafes and work or school computers. With low-cost Internet devices such as this, we aim to increase the country’s Internet population, by enabling more people to easily have their own personal Internet access device,” Vea said.
If you are curious as to whether this device can do texting or make calls, SMART said the ZTE V9 may be used to send SMS and make voice calls.
The ZTE V9 is said to include a 3 MP camera, WiFi and USB connectivity, and memory of 512Mb expandable up to 32GB. Searches on this device point to a 800 x 480 screen, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth connectivity, 512MB RAM, and battery capacity of 3400mAh.
It is not confirmed if Android market is supported by this device. I really hope it is.
This device is clearly not intended to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Apple iPad. If you’re on a tight budget, however, this may be the tablet you have been waiting for. You need to buy expansion card though as you’ll find the 512 internal memory very insufficient.
There is a Youtube review on ZTE V9 but I am not sure if Smart’s device carries the same specs.