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first_imgZTE isn’t exactly a household name in North America, but the company is looking to make a splash with its new 7-inch T98 Android Honeycomb tablet.What’s so special about the ZTE T98? It’s sporting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, making it the first non-reference tablet spotted in the wild running a Kal-El chip. To be specific, it ‘s a 1.5GHz version, though it’s been underclocked to 1.3GHz in the interest of prolonging battery life. That slight reduction is necessitated by a diminutive 4000mAh battery — more than 1000mAh less than the dual-core toting (and similarly sized) BlackBerry PlayBook.Apart from a kick-butt processor and less-than-impressive battery, the T98 offers pretty standard tablet hardware fare. There’s 1GB of RAM onboard along with 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi b/g/n support, 2MP front and 5MP rear-facing cameras, and a 3G modem. It’s not quite Galaxy Tab 10.1 thin at 11.5mm, though it does best the PlayBook by about half a millimeter.There’s also an interesting twist in the ZTE tablet story. An FCC filing was spotted for a 7-inch ZTE tablet — and it could be the T98. The drawings do look very similar, but the tablet in the filing is referred to as the Smart Tab 7. That’s an existing ZTE slate that was introduced by Vodafone earlier this month.While the Smart Tab 7 is a solid piece of equipment, it features a more mundane Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core chip at 1.2GHz. But with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 rumored to be launching with a Kal-El chip next month, it’s certainly possible the ZTE is going to be hot on its heels with a more portable tablet running Nvidia’s quad-core beast.More at Engadgetlast_img