ZTE recently showed off the new V98 tablet and Engadget was there to take the Windows 8 slate for a spin. The result are the pictures below and their impressions, that we summed up in the following lines. We’re dealing here with a model that uses a 10.1 inch display, a LCD with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and an aluminum chassis.

The case of the new model has a beveled edge, just like the one of the white iPhone 5, a nice similarity if you ask me. Under the hood ZTE V98 packs an Intel Z2760 chipset, 64 GB of ROM, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot. There’s also WiFi on board, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, tri band UMTS and quad band GSM radio. NFC and LTE are also options for this product, that also comes with an accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensors, as well as a magnetometer and a gyroscope.

There’s an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel shooter upfront. Everything is powered up by a 7000 mAh battery inside the 8.9 mm thick gizmo. ZTE’s model is a prototype and it’s a very solid piece of hardware, with the aluminum offering a rigid feel and the machined and polished bevel giving the device a high end look. We have a chromed plastic volume rocker available and the idea of the plastic finish on the device is a bit cheap honestly.

Meanwhile the rotating magnetic aluminum door that hides the SD and SIM card is definitely fancier. Q1 next year is when the product will launch.