updated 07:05 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
ZTE Turbine may be cheapest Verizon 4G tablet
Some new tips have pointed to Verizon aiming for the low-cost tablet with more definitive plans for a ZTE tablet. An accessory maker claimed to PocketNow that the seven-inch, unreleased V66 would come to Verizon as the Turbine. It's rumored to be similar to the Optik at Sprint, sharing its dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, but would have the expected much faster 4G LTE data.
The hardware had originally been slated to get Android 3.2, based on earlier rumors. It's more likely to come with Android 4.0 given both that it had missed a late February introduction and that other ZTE tablets, like the T98, will have 4.0 from the start.
A release window for the Turbine is still an unknown, although the looming spring CTIA event in early May could be an opportunity for an introduction. If launched, Verizon may try to hide ZTE's name: as with most US carriers, Verizon periodically downplays the manufacturer to make it appear as though the provider had designed the phone or tablet itself.