ZTE Teases 8-inch Tablet, Shift to Lucrative Enterprise

In addition to the new flagship handset, a seemingly very busy ZTE is also gearing up to launch a new tablet. The V81, which is expected to make its debut next month during World Mobile Congress 2013, will feature an 8-inch capacitive screen (1024 x 768) and a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz.

Spotted by Engadget, the currently unannounced tablet will sport a 2MP camera on the back and a 0.3MP camera on the front. Also thrown into the mix will be 1 GB of RAM, only 4 GB of internal storage, but a microSD card slot for an additional 32 GB of storage.

According to the specs, the OS of choice will be Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", powered by a 3700mAh battery. Other features will include 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, HDMI output, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, an accelerometer, and what appears to be UMTS and GSM cellular connectivity.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that China's ZTE Corp is shifting its focus on the enterprise sector. The company's mainstay telecom-equipment business took a hit here in the States back in October after a congressional report concluded that both ZTE and Chinese rival Huawei posed a potential national security threat. Both companies have denied those allegations, but the findings have reportedly killed any growth opportunities for them in the States for the next several years.

"We already provide our products and services in most countries around the world," ZTE Vice President Xu Ming said in an interview. "I hope that later more business will come from North America."

Xu Ming told the Wall Street Journal that the company's government and enterprise businesses represent "one of the bright spots," which accounted for around 10-percent of the company's revenue last year. ZTE's telecom-equipment business accounts for more than half of its revenue, the paper said, bust only a fraction actually stems from North America.

ZTE is now looking to generate about one-third of its revenue from its government and enterprise business by 2016, fueled by emerging markets in Asia, the company said.

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