ZTE is showing off their latest flagship device at CES, and it looks like one of the most advanced devices on the market. The ZTE Grand S II features a Snapdragon 800 CPU 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a ton of software features. It also has a ton of great voice-activated features, including unlocking the device and taking pictures without ever touching the phone. To make that voice recognition extremely accurate, the Grand S II has a triple-microphone design for extreme noise cancellation.
You can check out our hands on video below where you can see some of ZTE’s software enhancements, as well as a closer look at the physical design of the device. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here.
Last year, Motorola launched the very innovative Touchless Control on the Moto X, and ZTE has just announced something similar. It will debut on the upcoming Grand S II and it will allow users to unlock the device or take pictures with their voice as well as answer calls, listen to messages, and play music while driving. Just like the Moto X, the Grand S II (and other future devices) will only respond to the owner’s voice. So in theory, another person wouldn’t be able to unlock your phone. I am not sure I “buy” this level of security. Even though the success rate is high for voice recognition, it’s not 100%. As for photos, ZTE is touting that it will be a better experience for group photos and selfies.
Continuing the “audio” theme, the Grand S II includes triple-MIC noise reduction for clearer calls, high precision voice recording, Dolby sound effects, and a professional BOX speaker.
We will be sure to get a hands on video of the new Grand S II along with its new voice features, and don’t forget to check out our full CES coverage. Full presser after the break.
I know the last time you were connected to a hotspot, you thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if this hotspot had a projector in it?” Well ZTE has you covered with the Projector Hotspot. It will not only serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot via LTE for up to 8 users, but it will also project images and video up to 120-inches.If you’re doing the math, that is 10 feet, but unfortunately it tops out at a resolution of 800 x 480.
It also includes Android 4.2 and a 4-inch (800 X 480) display so users can share content via third party applications. You can connect other devices such as a laptop via HDMI or Wi-Fi Direct. It’s pretty small (4.7 x 4.7 x 1.1-inches) so you can take it just about anywhere.
We will be sure to get some hands on time with the Projector Hotspot and let you know what we think. Full presser after the break.
Also, be sure to check out our complete CES coverage.
ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.
That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.
Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.
ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.
Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.
Samsung’s release of the Galaxy Gear back in September certainly set off an avalanche of activity in the wearable device market despite the questions surrounding the device’s success or lack of success on the market. The latest company to get swept up by a desire to develop and sell a smartwatch is ZTE Corp. which has announced plans to produce a device during the first quarter of 2014 with sales to commence during the second quarter. According to an official with ZTE, Lu Qianhao, the head of their handset marketing strategy, ZTE will be producing a low cost smartwatch in an effort to appeal to a broader market. At this point, the focus is primarily on the Chinese market, but Mr. Lu does indicate the company hopes to eventually expand into the U.S. and European markets later in 2014.
If you’re in the market for an enormous phone like the Xperia Z Ultra, you’re about to have another option to look at. The ZTE Nubia Z7 has leaked, and it looks like it’s just as big as the Ultra, for better or worse. Rumored specs say this thing has a 6.44 inch screen, identical to what Sony’s mega-phablet offers. There will also reportedly be a slightly faster Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and 128 GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.
If you aren’t impressed by those specs in a smartphone, I seriously doubt any phone is going to make you happy. Obviously, the specs are still just a rumor at this point, so take them with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping your hopes up.
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ZTE has announced a pair of two new phones, titled the Nubia Z5s and the Nubia Z5s Mini. The Z5s is the more high-end of the two, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under a 1080p display, complete with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/2.0 aperture, and Android 2.2 out of the box. It’s a far cry from a budget smartphone which traditionally comes from ZTE. You’ll have two options as far as internal storage and network connectivity; a 16 GB 3G model or a 32 GB LTE model. Naturally, the LTE model raises the price a bit, but it’s still only priced around $567. ZTE managed to pack in some beefy specs at that price point, so it should definitely give other manufacturers solid competition in the international market.
HTC’s new strategy of launching three devices under the HTC One name, including a regular, mini, and max version, may pay off for them in the end, but maybe it hasn’t been so successful thus far because all three devices were released at different times.
ZTE has taken on a similar strategy, as they’re releasing a Blade Q smartphone line, but the mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ size will be launched at relatively the same time.
The Blade Q Mini will be 4 inches, the Blade Q will be 4.5 inches, and the Blade Q Maxi will be 5 inches. All three devices feature the same dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, HSPA+ data, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-MP rear shooter, and an IPS-based display.
The only difference that can be seen besides screen size is the absence of a front camera on the Mini.
A European launch has been confirmed for the budget-friendly line, but price and other information has not yet been released.
Hit the break for the full press release below.
The major carriers in the U.S. haven’t embraced ZTE, but if you are fond of either the ZTE Grand S or the Nubia 5, you will get your chance to buy one this month. Starting October 5, you can pre-order unlocked versions of either phone from Amazon (and other channels) for a ship date of October 16. The Grand S (pictured above) was unveiled at CES last January. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1,780 battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s one of the thinnest phones at 6.9mm thick. It will go for $399.
The Nubia 5 (pictured below) appears to be some sort of variant of the Nubia Z5, but there really isn’t too much different about it. It has a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera is a Konica-Minolta 13 MP AF and has LED Flash and a Sapphire Lens. It’s priced slight higher, at $449.
We heard about the ZTE Geek (U988S) over the summer, and it became official today at Beijing’s International Telecommunication Exhibition. What is so special about the ZTE Geek is that it’s the first smartphone to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4. It also features a 5-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.2.
So far it will be a China Mobile exclusive and will cost 1888 yuan ($310). Hit the break for more pics.