At CES 2012 I had a chance to check out the ZTE 7-inch tablet powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.

The device was running Ice Cream Sandwich, which some apps were clearly not optimized for and others force closed, but overall it was fast and very responsive. The 1280 x 800 resolution was easy on the eyes, and the unit felt great to hold with its rubberized back. The overall size is small and would make a great portable tablet for road warriors and other users.

There's no word on a release date or pricing, but if you're in the market for a 7-inch tablet then you might want to consider looking into getting one with the next-gen Tegra 3 processor.