We just learned that ZTE has its eyes set on bringing LTE smartphones to the US market next year, but where does the Chinese company stand on tablets? The company announced at this spring's CTIA that a 10-inch slate with the high-speed connectivity was in the works and would land sometime in the second half of 2011. Despite unveiling tablets for non-US markets such as the Froyo-packed Light Tab 2 and Tegra 3-powered T98, the manufacturer's been awfully quiet about this March's announcement. That all changed today, however, as this 7-inch LTE tablet waltzed through the FCC approval process. The V66, as it's currently known, not only sports LTE band 13 -- Verizon's flavor of "4G" -- but it even shows Big Red's LTE logo on the back. ZTE actually outed the V66 at a Beijing tech expo in September, proclaiming that it would come with a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, Android 3.2, a 1,280 x 800 display, 1GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery. Of course, FCC approval doesn't guarantee availability, and we're thinking that the chances of arriving before the end of the year are pretty slim. Check out the extra pic after the break.

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ZTE squeezes 7-inch V66 tablet with Verizon LTE through the FCC's halls