Chinese manufacturer ZTE is quite active in its home region, although it barely makes noise elsewhere. And now, we’re getting a glimpse of the company’s latest offering, bearing a flagship level hardware. Known as the Star 2, the smartphone could remain an exclusive to the region, at least initially.
What do we have here? Maybe the Nubia Z9. Someone snapped a photo (above) of what is potentially the upcoming flagship ZTE smartphone. On the left and right sides, there are incredibly thin bezels. The top and right, though, not so much. It has giant white space. So this device is going to be tall. The top features the camera, ambient light sensor, and earpiece. The bottom is bare as it only has the Nubia series’ home button.
Nothing is confirmed at this time, but this could be an indication that we are going to find out more soon.
On Tuesday, the National Basketball League will start its season and one of the teams playing in the evening’s doubleheader has a new sponsor. The Houston Rockets, along with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, have each partnered with ZTE. The Chinese telecommunications company is the official smartphone sponsor for those three teams. The sponsorship entails involvement in local communities with each team and its charities.
This is just adds to the plethora of NBA sponsors, past and present, from the wireless industry. For the entire league, companies like Samsung and Sprint are sponsors. On a team-by-team basis, just about everyone has a sponsorship somewhere.
ZTE has officially launched the ZTE V5 Max which is part of its line of V5 series, budget-oriented smartphones. Although not a top-tier phone, we can see how the whole market is rising by taking a look at some of the specs for this new device. The ZTE V5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 pixels being run by a Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor. Currently the device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat loaded, with ZTE’s Nubia UI running on top of it. With the 64-bit processor included, ZTE should be able to take advantage of Android Lollipop if they decide to go down that path.
Other specs include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device does come with a microSD slot that can handle a 32GB card for additional space. For cameras, the ZTE V5 Max gets a 13 MP rear-facing shooter and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. The smartphone will come with a 3,100mAh battery that is removable.
The ZTE V5 Max will be priced at RMB$999 ($163 USD) when it starts selling in China.
source: GSM Insider
ZTE have been on a streak recently releasing a ton of solid mid-range devices including the Grand X Max and the ZMax, but for the first time in a long time the budget-friendly manufacturer is preparing to launch a flaghship. With plans to launch on the 23rd (this Thursday), the ZTE Z5 takes some design cues from Nokia’s Lumia devices.
If you’re looking for an extremely large phone but don’t want to shell out the cash for something like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, you may want to keep an eye on ZTE’s awkwardly named Grand X Max. The phablet device features a 6-inch, 720p display, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 and 1 GB of RAM. The other specs are pretty mid-range, including an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, but the Max will launch at $200 off-contract for Cricket. Not a bad deal.
This is the second large phone that ZTE has announced for a US carrier this year, with the other being the ZTE ZMAX for T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Grand X Max beats out the ZMAX by a few inches, even though the rest of the hardware is slightly less powerful, but if you’re interested in picking up a ZTE phone for the holidays you’re going to have several new options.
Today, ZTE announced a new device with a massive display that will be available exclusively through T-Mobile. The ZMAX is a mid-range handset with a 5.7-inch display. To keep costs down, the resolution of the display is 1280×720 and the processor inside is the Snapdragon 400. The standout of the ZMAX is its battery life. It can last two days on average thanks to a 3400mAh battery.
Everything else about the ZMAX is reasonable and completely capable. An 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video is on the back and a 1.6MP camera sits on the front. The internal storage is 16GB and ZTE included a microSD card slot. Also, it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The ZTE ZMAX will arrive online and at T-Mobile stores on September 24 for $10.50 per month for twenty-four months. MetroPCS will follow in carrying the ZMAX later this year.
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As we all know, September is going to be crammed with announcements and launches. The latest company to announce participation in next month’s frenzy is ZTE. A Vine was posted to represent its invitation for an event being held on September 16 in New York City. The invitation exclaims that ZTE will being showing “the next hot thing.” It does not give any other information, so we will just have to wait and see what ZTE has up its sleeve.
Boost Mobile, the off-contract wireless division for Sprint, is now offering the ZTE Warp Sync for $179.99 off-contract.
You can get the device now online — in-store purchases can’t be made until September 1.
The phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5-inch display, and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. You’ll also get 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. There’s an 8MP rear shooter with a 1.6MP front camera. The battery is 2300mAh.
Any Boost customers liking this new offering? Hit the break for the full press release.
ZTE isn’t all that well known here in the U.S., but that might change with today’s announcement. Remember the nubia 5S mini LTE we saw at CES? Well it’s coming to the U.S. unlocked starting August 27.
It sports a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 32 GB, 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and Sapphire lens, 5 MP front-facing camera, LTE/GSM/WCDMA compatibility, and 2,000 mAh battery. It’s also pretty thin at 7.6mm.
You will be able to purchase this bad boy for $279.99 on Amazon with pre-orders starting today.
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