Sprint Building Its Own Android Tablet

Sprint AQT80 frontSprint Communications Corp. is developing its own 8-inch Android tablet computer, according to an FCC document obtained by The Donohue Report.

Taiwan-based Quanta Microsystems, the original equipment manufacturer that has built Verizon’s line of Ellipsis tablets, is manufacturing the Sprint tablet.

Sprint AQT80 backInternal photos contained in a recent FCC test report show that the tablet, Sprint model AQT80, contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Qualcomm processor is labeled “MSM8909 2VV.”
The tablet, described in the test report as an engineering sample, will be able to access the Sprint Spark LTE network, which delivers data at speeds up to 60 Mbps.

Apps installed on the tablet include YouTube and the Google Play Store, which will offer consumers access to streaming video apps from major networks and online video providers.

Quanta built the Ellipsis 7, the first Verizon-branded tablet, in 2013. Last fall, Quanta built an 8-inch version of Ellipsis.

Sprint’s tablet is one device that it could use to launch over-the-top subscription video services.

It’s not clear how soon Sprint may begin marketing its own 8-inch tablet. Officials at Sprint didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

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