A ZTE-made tablet bearing the model number K92 was certified by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, as evidenced by its testing documentation published by the agency. The Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer submitted the device for testing in early March and requested a standard six-month confidentiality period from the FCC, indicating that the ZTE K92 may be released by September. Not many details about the tablet itself are currently available, though the documents published by the federal agency state that the device ships with LTE/WCDMA support, thus corroborating the information that was revealed in April after the ZTE K92 was certified by Bluetooth SIG.
Given ZTE's previous track record with Android tablets, the upcoming device will likely compete in the entry-level or lower mid-range segment of the market and be relatively inexpensive to acquire. While the Chinese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is also making high-end hardware, it's mostly focused on launching its affordable products in the United States where the premium market is simply too competitive. It's currently unclear whether the ZTE K92 will be offered in a Wi-Fi-only variant, though the 4G LTE-enabled model is certainly in the works and on its way to the market. A sketch depicting the location of the product label on the device suggests that the ZTE K92 will feature rounded case corners and ship with a single-lens camera setup in the top-right corner of its rear panel, as can be seen below.
The Shenzhen, China-based tech giant is currently in the process of returning to profit after being hit with a major fine for violating certain trade restrictions imposed by the United States on Iran. Following hundreds of millions of dollars it paid in penalties, the company posted worrying quarterly financials and is now looking to bounce back from its recent troubles. While mid-range and entry-level smartphones and tablets don't yield the same profit margins that high-end devices do, the United States is still one of the largest consumer electronics markets in the world so it isn't surprising that ZTE is already working on a new offering that it's planning to launch stateside in the near future.