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

ZTE has elected to announce its Nubia X6 smartphone on March 25, same day as The All New HTC One

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On March 25, HTC will not be the only company announcing its next flagship device. When the dust clears on that date, ZTE will have announced the Nubia X6. The ZTE Nubia development team has sent out press invites for an event in Beijing on March 25. While ZTE does not have a very large presence here in the United States, HTC is likely very frustrated since manufacturers typically respect one another and choose to space out announcement dates.

One thing we know for sure about this device is that it will have Optical Image Stabilization technology like the LG G2. Other than that, the Nubia X6 is believed to have a 5.5-inch or 6-inch QHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. On the software side, ZTE is said to be using KitKat with a revamped software overlay.

Via: GizChina

ZTE’s Nubia X6 rear camera will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology

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A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.

According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM. 
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The upcoming ZTE Grand S EXT might sport the best combination of metal and plastic we have seen

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The ZTE Grand S EXT was spotted on the Red-Dot 21 design directory with a pretty slick unibody. It will apparently sport Nano Molding Technology (NMT), which combines metal and plastic by molding them together. It gives you a premium feel at a lower cost.

We have no idea when this phone will launch, but it sure is intriguing. Hit the break for one more image.


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ZTE Grand Memo II LTE is a mid-range device running Android 4.4 KitKat

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ZTE is putting a device into the mid-range battle with the new Grand Memo II LTE. It has a 6-inch 720p display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. ZTE opted to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. Although the device has 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. The 3200mAh battery should last very long considering the mid-range specifications. A 13MP camera is on the rear and a 5MP camera sits up front.

While it will have Android 4.4 KitKat as I mentioned before, ZTE’s MiFavor 2.3 UI is covering any stock goodness. After being released in April over in China, the Grand Memo II LTE will have a rollout in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific at an unspecified time.

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ZTE plans to show off 6-inch Android smartphone and Firefox OS device at MWC

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With companies announcing that they’re, well, going to be announcing stuff at other events being a common practice, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we see OEM’s announcing various things before Mobile World Congress next week. ZTE is no different. The company announced this morning that we’ll see the Grand Memo II LTE sporting a 6-inch screen and another smartphone called the Open C. That phone will run Firefox OS 1.3 A new version of its MiFavor UI was also mentioned and it will most likely debut on a few Android devices at MWC.

Not much to go on other than that. Regardless, we’ll know more next week so stay tuned!

source: Engadget

ZTE Boost Max phablet launches on Boost Mobile

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ZTE showed off their Iconic Phablet at CES this year, highlighting its multi-window capabilities, large screen, and lower price point. Fast forward three weeks, and we’re already seeing the device hit US shores, although with a different name. Boost Mobile is the first to pick up the phablet, calling it the Boost Max.

The Boost Max features a 5.7 inch 720p screen, dual-core Snapdragon CPU with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 3200 mAh battery. For $300, it’s a pretty decent device, especially for Boost Mobile customers. Unfortunately, the Boost Max is launching with Android 4.1 as opposed to Android 4.3, which was shown off on the handset at CES. Go figure.

If you’re interested, you can purchase the device, no contract, for $300 below.

source: Boost Mobile

ZTE G601U enters the rugged smartphone market

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There are people in the world that just can not keep their smartphone safe from drops, spills, and other dangerous possibilities. For those people, the rugged smartphone market was made. ZTE is the latest entrant with their G601U smartphone that just received certification in China. It is unknown whether or not it this device will escape China or be solely available there.

Hit the break for specs and shots of the device from the back and side.
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Modular phone from ZTE makes appearance at CES 2014

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With Motorola manufacturing Moto X devices with a wide variety of customer-selected exterior options, it seems the door is cracked slightly to a future where the entire device is modular in nature. Motorola has even gone so far as to launch Project Ara, which it sees as the future of smartphones. Motorola is not the only company that is looking down that path. While they have only taken the first tentative steps, ZTE also has some ideas for a modular smartphone and tablet. At CES 2014, the company had on hand a model of the Eco-Mobius, ZTE’s take on a modular concept.
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Hands on with ZTE’s concept smartwatch, the BlueWatch

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ZTE is demoing their first stab at the smartwatch market with a proof-of-concept device, the BlueWatch. It’s got an LCD screen (not a touch screen) that’s controlled by buttons on the side of the watch. Those buttons will allow you to navigate between apps, including a camera app, music player, weather forecast, and a find my phone app. The BlueWatch is also waterproof up to 10 meters.

Right now, the device isn’t in a final state that’s ready to be released. ZTE plans on adding several more apps and features to the device, including ways to connect to social networks. The BlueWatch looks like it’s going to be a more simple take on the smartwatch design, which probably means it’ll be less expensive than some of its competitors, too.

The BlueWatch is slated for a 2014 release in China, but you can get a glimpse at it in our hands on video below. For the rest of our CES coverage, click here.
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