By Stephen Schenck | April 24, 2012 3:09 PM
Earlier this year, we heard about two upcoming Android tablets from ZTE. The first, the V55, we’ve since seen arrive at Sprint as the ZTE Optik, where it combined some solid specs with a very affordable $100 on-contract price tag. Model V66, on the other hand, should be coming to Verizon at some point, but we didn’t have any information about just how it would arrive. We’re still wanting when it comes to most of those details, but we may now be able to put a name to the device, with evidence suggesting the V66 will arrive on Verizon’s LTE network as the ZTE Turbine.
ZTE has a reputation for producing gear that gets stripped of its ZTE branding and relabeled as a carrier’s own. We know ZTE’s been trying to raise its international profile lately, so it would likely want to keep its name involved for future releases whenever possible, but we’ve also seen some signs that the V66 may hit Verizon just as the Turbine; for the moment, it’s unclear if the “ZTE” is staying.
The connection between the Turbine name and ZTE model V66 comes to us via an accessory manufacturer. In the past, we’ve seen it correctly name unreleased devices, giving us some faith that this association may also be accurate.
The ZTE Turbine will feature a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, seven-inch 1280 x 800 display, and will eventually arrive running Honeycomb. Since we’re looking at the same basic specs (LTE aside) as the Optik, you can bet the Turbine will also feature a very low on-contract price.