ZTE eyes high-end market for future growth

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ZTE, the world’s ninth-largest smartphone manufacturer, is looking to move into the high-end market in 2015 to help improve financial performance and improve their presence in markets like the U.S. ZTE, like other Chinese manufacturers, have tended to operate in the lower end of the market relying on sales quantity in markets like China to offset the razor-thin margins they achieve with their devices. Zeng Xuezong, ZTE’s executive vice-president, says “we will make more and more premium smartphones” joining Huawei and Lenovo as companies hoping to break out in coming years.
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First image of high-end ZTE Nubia Z7 released

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Previous rumors had suggested that the Nubia Z7 was another name for the Nubia X6, but now it looks like the name is being used for an entirely new device. A press photo was released today, reportedly showing the new device.

The photo reveals the back of the device, showing the camera with an LED flash. The translated text says “a little more beautiful”, which suggests that the device will be fashionable. While we don’t know official specs about the rest of the device, rumors suggest that it will have a 5-inch display and run Android 4.4.

Source: Weibo
Via: PhoneArena

Entry level ZTE Concord II added to T-Mobile and MetroPCS

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Today T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced the availability of their newest entry level smartphone in the ZTE Concord II. The device is powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 4-inch 800×480 display, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 4GB of internal storage.

The device also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a battery that lasts for 6 hours of talk time. It will be available on May 19 through MetroPCS but pricing is not yet available. It is also available through T-Mobile immediately with payment spread across 24 months. Hit the break for the press release.


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ZTE teases upcoming ZTE Star 1 smartphone

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ZTE has had a couple of big launches over the last month, but that isn’t going to stop the company from having another one! Today they began teasing their upcoming smartphone, the ZTE Star 1.

The retail box of the device was leaked a few days ago, and now we have the first pictures of the device, showing quite a sleek looking design! Despite the classy design, it seems to have taken some cues from Huawei with their Ascend P6. The source that brought the photos also mentions that the design of the device will be heavily marketed during the marketing campaign, but that doesn’t mean that the internal specs of the device aren’t good. In fact, the device boasts a 1080p display and support for 4G. More details should come soon, so keep an eye out for them!

Source: MyDrivers
Via: GforGames

ZTE ‘Apollo’ could be the first device to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit processor

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It did not take long for a company’s 64-bit plans to surface. Chinese manufacturer ZTE is reportedly working on a device that will utilize one of Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit architecture Snapdragon processors. The codename is ‘Apollo’ and this follows ZTE’s tradition of codenaming devices after Greek mythology. The ZTE Grand S was known as ‘Athena’ in development.

So while we know this device will use on of Qualcomm’s beastly processors, we do not know if it will be the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Also, these processors are not expected until at leaset 2015.

Source: CNMO
Via: G 4 Games

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM

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ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.

The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.

ZTE Nubia X6 spotted on Tenaa with a 6.44″ display

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The ZTE Nubia X6 has been teased a couple times by ZTE, but we haven’t really been able to find out much about the specs of the device until now. The device was recently leaked on Chinese site Tenaa, and it turns out that the device is actually a 6.44″ phablet!

The screen has a 1080p resolution and will be a rival to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Because of the big screen, the device itself has larger dimensions, at 175.9 x 89 x 7.9mm. It also weighs a total of 220g.


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ZTE teases full-metal body and extremely high-resolution camera for its Nubia X6

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ZTE is building up hype for its latest flagship device, the Nubia X6, by releasing some vague press renders and camera shots from the device. The press render, as seen above, doesn’t show off the entire device, but from what we can see it looks like the device will sport a metal body. Metal is a fan-favorite choice for premium smartphones (as we’ve seen with the HTC One) so it’s nice to see ZTE putting build quality at the top of the list of features for the X6.

Aside from that small glimpse of the physical phone, there were also some photos leaked that are supposedly from a Nubia X6. We already knew the camera was going to be impressive, but the photos show an extremely megapixel count in their details. Similar to what we’ve seen with Oppo’s Find 7, the X6 photos show the resolution of a 74.6 megapixel camera. Now, the phone may not actually have a 70+ megapixel shooter, but it may have some kind of new camera optics that can take extremely high resolution photos like Oppo’s latest.
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U.S. panel rules that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate FlashPoint patents

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A U.S. panel ruled today that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate digital camera patents made by FlashPoint, an Apple spinoff. FlashPoint originally filed the complaint in 2012, and accused all three of the companies of infringing four patents related to phone cameras. One of those patents was dropped as the case moved forward.

In September 2013, a judge found in a preliminary decision that the HTC Vivid and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE infringed upon one of the patents, while both ZTE and Huawei were cleared. The panel ruled in a final decision that none of the companies infringed on any patents made by FlashPoint.

Source: Reuters