The ZTE V9 is a Google Android tablet PC that was on display at the MWC show. We got some hands-on time with the V9 - here's our first look review.

The ZTE V9 tablet was a bit of a letdown after seeing some of the other tablets here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While other companies are rolling out sleek devices running Google Android Honeycomb, ZTE was displaying a number of tablets that looked aimed at tablet buyers on a budget.

The ZTE V9 has a 7in touchscreen display with an 800x480-pixel resolution. The screen was fairly responsive to the touch, but it had a muted cast to it that somewhat muffled the video I watched. It also felt like there was a distance between my fingers and the Android environment, like the screen was inset a few millimetres into the front of the device.

The user environment is Google Android 2.1, which, compared with later Android versions, looks flat, one-dimensional, and static - no scrollable screen widgets, no moving 3D background images, no support for e-books. The V9 weighs around 400g, and contains a UMTS radio and chipset that can hit download speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second (Mbps). It also sports a Wi-Fi radio and support Bluetooth.

There's a 5Mp camera on the back of the ZTE V9 for shooting pictures and video, and a small front-facing camera for video chat.

The following images are taken from PC World US's video hands-on with the ZTE V9 tablet.

ZTE V9 Android tablet

ZTE V9 Android tablet

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ZTE V9: Specs

  • Tablet PC
  • Google Android 2.1
  • 7in (800x480) touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 5Mp camera
  • 400g
  • Tablet PC
  • Google Android 2.1
  • 7in (800x480) touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 5Mp camera
  • 400g

OUR VERDICT

My impression is that the V9 is meant to be a budget Android tablet, which may make up for the disappointment of it carrying Google Android 2.1. The touchscreen is responsive if a little muted and the OS feels outdated. The tablet will become available worldwide later this year, and may appear in the UK under another firm's branding. Watch this space for a full review of the ZTE V9 - or equivalent, differently named product - in due course.

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