Budget Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days, but Sprint and ZTE are aiming for the super low end of the pricing spectrum with the new Optik 2. The yellow carrier today announced that it’s now offering the 3G-capable slate for just $30 — provided that buyers also sign up for one of its two-year ‘Tablet Connection’ data contracts.
Its 7-inch display sports a resolution of 1024 x 600, and the whole package is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable storage. There’s a 4,000mAh battery onboard, along with Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and 2- and 5-megapixel cameras. It all runs on Android 4.1.2.
The Optik 2’s low cost of entry is its main selling point, but being tethered to Sprint’s data plans would seem to hurt its value a bit. If you want the low-end device, you’ll have to pay at least $5 a month for 25MB of data. Other options include grabbing 100MB for $10, 2GB for $15 (as part of a limited time offer, Sprint says), 3GB for $35, 6GB for $50, and 12GB for $80. Sprint says this tablet can be turned into a mobile hotspot for an additional $20 (for 2GB of data) or $50 (for 6GB) too.
So, with the cheapest plan possible, the Optik 2 will still set buyers back $150 over the course of two years. That might be a little bit much given that the slate is already dated and various other ultra-budget devices can be had contact-free for $50 or so less. But for the (very) casual user looking for a no-frills Android machine that can connect on the go, the Optik 2 is worth a peek.