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ZTE joins tablet club with Android device

The number of mobile tablets in the marketplace has been rapidly proliferating since the launch of Apple (opens in new tab)’s iPad, which features a 10in screen. In recent weeks, Samsung (opens in new tab) launched its competitive, Android-based Galaxy Tab.

Now, Beijing-based ZTE has joined the ranks of tablet manufacturers with the introduction of its Android 2.1-based ZTE Light. The ZTE Light has a 7in screen, similar to the Samsung GalaxyTab, and offers HSPA and WiFi connectivity, GPS and a 3-megapixel camera. Other manufacturers that have announced tablets include Toshiba, LG, Microsoft, Nokia/Intel and HP. As more tablets roll out, the 7in screen predominates. There is no word yet on pricing or release date of ZTE’s new tablet.