Remember the ZTE Optik? If not we don’t blame you. The 7-inch tablet was pretty forgettable when it launched on Sprint back in 2012 for $99 on-contract running Android 3.2 with a dual-core processor. Now, Sprint and ZTE are making another pass at the entry-level tablet market with the Optik 2, which starts at just $29.99 with a two-year contract on the carrier’s 3G network.
The ZTE Optik 2 offers some OK specs considering its price, though the lack of LTE capability is a pretty huge drawback at this point. The tablet comes equipped with a 6-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with microSD support, a 4000mAh battery, and dual 5 and 2-megapixel cameras. It runs Android’s outdated 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS out of the box, and we doubt this device will see a software upgrade any time soon.
Aside from its budget-friendly price tag, there’s not much to love about the Optik 2. It’s definitely a step up from the original Optik’s bulky design, but the new model’s bezels are still wider than we’re used to. If you’re a Sprint customer who still doesn’t have LTE coverage maybe this is the tablet for you, otherwise we recommend looking elsewhere.