Hands on: ZTE Light 1

We hit up a ZTE press conference this morning and got a little hands-on time with some new products the Chinese manufacturer is releasing this year.


Top of our list was the ZTE Light 1, an Android 2.2 tablet with a seven-inch capacitive touch-screen, 600MHz processor and . At 192*110*12.6mm and 403g, it feels very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, though a tad chunkier. As you can see from our pictures below, it fits very comfortably into one hand, and can easily be used single-handed.


The back is a plain matte silver while the front features just three touch areas instead of the standard Android four. The universal search key has been omitted, leaving just Menu, Home and Back.


We've got two cameras as well - a three-megapixel snapper and front-facing one for video calls. The rear camera can also record video, and you can adjust the resolution of the imagery, including a handy setting for a YouTube-friendly resolution. There are a few filters you can apply too, including black/white, sepia and the ever entertaining negative.


ZTE has built its empire as an OEM manufacturer - it makes devices that are branded by other companies, such as the Orange San Francisco (original name ZTE Blade) - so expectedly, the OS is unadulterated Android, with the standard five screens and preloaded apps and widgets.


The tablet will launch in the second half of the year, and will be upgradeable to the 2.3 Gingerbread OS in August or September. No price point was mentioned, but as director of device mobile operations Wu Sa said today, "ZTE's main focus is affordable, good quality products", so we can probably expect a rather pocket-friendly price tag.


Currently the fifth largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, ZTE sold two million smartphones in the UK in 2010 and is targeting to be a top three manufacturer by 2015.

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