ZTE unveils the V81, an 8-inch iPad mini challenger with Jelly Bean on top

by: AdrianJanuary 28, 2013


After covering up all its 5-inch smartphone bases with the awesome Grand S and the more mundane V987, ZTE is taking its world domination quest to the next level – tablets.

The first Android-based slate from ZTE to see daylight in 2013 is for now called V81 and seems to take more spec cues from the V987 than the Grand S. Still, the V81 might be worth our while, as it’s one of the first tabs in the Android décor to sport an 8-inch display.

And if that’s not enough to make Apple quiver, the V81’s panel also comes with the same 4:3 aspect ratio and 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution as the iPad Mini. Lawsuit magnet? Maybe, although Cupertino might have bigger fish to fry and much more powerful 8-inchers to be afraid of.

ZTE V81-2

After all, the ZTE V81 only comes with a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor (unknown make and model), 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of on-board memory. Meanwhile, rumor has it Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 will be rocking a quad-core 1.6 GHz chip, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.

ZTE’s 7-incher doesn’t look that hot from a design standpoint either, being anything but slim or elegant. We don’t know the tab’s weight yet, but at an 11.07 mm thickness we’re not too hopeful. Not even the 3,700 mAh battery can bring smiles on our faces, considering that the Nexus 7 has a 4,325 mAh “ticker”.

ZTE V81-3

So does that mean the V81 is doomed and bound for failure? Not so fast, because we’re yet to hear about pricing. And that’s one department where we know ZTE can do wonders.

There are also dual cameras on the 8-incher (a 2 MP on the back and an 0.3 MP on the front), microSD support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB, GPS and even HDMI. Finally, the entire package is buttered real good with some smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Not too shabby for what could be a $150 tab, right?

Now all we have to do is wait for ZTE to detail the V81 some more (maybe at MWC, maybe earlier) and change that easily forgettable name. How about it, are you willing to give this fellow a shot?

  • Vyrlokar

    Why such puny XGA (1024×768) display? Just because the iPad mini has it? Seriously, WSVGA (1024×600) on a 7″ slab is already substandard nowadays. An 8″ 4:3 device should, IMHO, at least have a 1280×960 display, and so be able to play 720p video without rescalling.

    The only reason to use this display resolution should be because they are cheap as Apple suddenly reduced their orders for iPad Mini screens ;)

    • kascollet

      Agreed. 1280×960 would be great for an 8″ 4/3 screen.

      • Vyrlokar

        It would still result in less ppi than the Nexus 7 (200 vs 216 pf the N7) but it would be much better than the 160 of this (assuming an 8″ display, the Ipad Mini, with it’s 7.9″ display, has a ppi of 162)

  • Atifsh

    anyone who should sue should be those unknown chinese 8″ tablet makers that were building and selling 8″ android tabs for atleast 1 year prior to ipad mini lol.

    • (anon)

      the problem is Atifish is that the Chinese manufacturers you refer to have zero percent marketshare, zero percent credibility and zero percent trustworthiness so why should Apple waste their time going after them as a majority of customers won’t be suckered into buying tacky goods that will probably explode.

      ZTE aren’t unknown, they are an emerging tech giant coming out of the gates of the emerging superpower. 2013 and beyond is pretty much only the beginning of a wider birth of OEMs from China, you only know of Oppo/ZTE/Huawei/Xaomi but there will be potentially 30-50 new companies looking to break into the wider markets outside China with a vast R&D programme that will spur the growth of these young stars. What you saw at CES 2013 this year was pretty much only the beginning. No, these are not notorious fakes you are used to seeing from Shenzhen but genuine innovative companies that are the brainchild of the youth looking to break into the mobile tech industry. Whether you like it or not most of the mobile brands we will be using this century will emerge from China/South Korea whilst established brands from Japan will be shooting straight to irrelevance.

      I’ve travelled the Sino country for the past 20 years and the pace of change is phenomenal, don’t forget that the Chinese adapt VERY quickly to the market and will have to if they are to export non western goods abroad. Sooner or later Huawei may emerge as Samsung’s largest partner for mobile chips, they’re small fish now but give it a few more years and they will knock HTC out of the game. If you told me 20 years ago that the country would have had the best and most efficient High Speed rail system in the world, I would have laughed in your face but oh, how times change.

      • Atifsh

        you really want me to read all that, when you understood me wrong ???
        i replied to person who says apple will or should or may sue because apple made 8″ tablet, though infact as i said chinese makers were making it well before , good 1 year before…. understand

        and about your assumption that they are zero market, well they dont have apple huge market but they have very big market, even in their home there are far many people than your country.

        last buy a decent spec decent priced chinese tab and you wont regret. some even make far better products that your normal famous ones mind you. go find smartQ

  • Steve Patco

    3. ZTE is proud of servng up garbage to their customers. Anyone who buys a ZTE product after reading the bad reviews most certainly deserves the headaches that they ultimately receive. ZTE Lixin Cheng screwed me out of a android warp phone. RMA 20121226821763