You may have noticed in recent months that there is a big push on the part of smartphone manufacturers to sell the “security” of their devices. This is needed to obtain greater acceptance in the corporate world and to encourage consumers to use their devices for secure transactions. The latest manufacturer to join the frenzy is ZTE, the world’s fourth largest smartphone producer. Today ZTE announced a partnership with Intrepidus to evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE devices. Intrepidus is a security testing company that specifically focuses on mobile devices, applications, systems and networks.
According to their press release, ZTE is partnering with Intrepidus to identify vulnerabilities, conduct penetration testing, perform reverse engineering, and review source code. ZTE is pursuing this course because “the need to protect personal information becomes more important each day.” You can check out the full press release after the break.
ZTE announced a new partnership with Intel today, revealing that its future smartphones will run the upcoming Atom Z2580 processor. The Atom Z2580 debuted at Mobile World Congress and is a dual-core chip that can run up to 2.0GHz with Hyper-Threading support for better multi-tasking. This isn’t the first time that ZTE will use Intel Atom processors. The ZTE Grand X IN was released in September of 2012 and featured a single-core, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460.
Performance of the Atom Z2580 is greatly improved over its predecessor, boasting double the performance and three times more graphics output. Battery life is also said to be improved and on the same level as comparable processors. ZTE still has yet to announce availability of phones running the Intel Atom Z2580.
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As expected, ZTE pulled the wraps off of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress. It features a 5.7-inch 720p display along with the latest from Qualcomm, the 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800. It also has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage a 13MP rear camera, 1MP front camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It comes in at 8.4mm thick, which is pretty thin. One complaint with larger displays is typing, and ZTE has you covered with the ability to situate the keyboard a little to the left or right so you can type with one hand.
ZTE’s Grand S smartphone may feature some premium specs, but it will at least feature a fairly reasonable price that won’t break the bank too much— well for those living in China at least. According to mobile division lead He Shiyou, the smartphone will be priced somewhere between ¥3,000 to ¥3,500 (about $481 to $561 USD), which can be considered an absolute steal considering the device has features such as a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and a whopping 13MP camera. As exciting as that tidbit of news is, there’s no word on whether or not the same pricing will apply to other markets outside of China. Here’s hoping that we do end up seeing the Grand S having a low price because after all— the low, low pricing will certainly help the brand get some added exposure out in places like the States that it is looking for and all.
It looks as if Sprint has yet another ZTE device on the way— this time an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device called the Force. This mid-ranger features a 1.5GHz dual-core chip + 1GB of RAM, 4 gigs of on-board ROM and a decent 1,730mAh battery. The real kicker about this device is that it will feature a full 4G LTE chip built-in. All of these goodies seem to bode well for customers looking for a new device soon, as the Force is set to arrive in stores on March 1st for a mere $50.
Sure looks like Sprint is trying its dardnest to get customers to its ever-growing 4G LTE network doesn’t it?
We’ve seen some pretty exciting new phone announcements lately, but none of them are running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip. ZTE is looking to be the first to market with a line of “super phones” powered by the powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4. They plan on debuting the phones in the first half of 2013 in China, and thanks to the new i500 LTE chip, they’ll sport global LTE voice and data. Cool, right? ZTE has always had a knack for making affordable, but powerful phones, so hopefully this new lineup will have some success. Fingers crossed we see it in some other markets, too. Hit the break below to check out the press release.
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ZTE is continuing its massive 2013 assault by introducing yet another intriguing new device called the the Blade C smartphone. According to the Bluetooth SIG, the Blade C smartphone will also be known as the V807, V889S, and T807 models and will be featured in Chinese and European markets. The Blade C is expected to be targeted at consumers looking for Jelly Bean-powered budget devices as each will not only feature a fairly low pricing point, but the V807 model will have a 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a decent dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577 processor, 512MB of RAM and a 1,600 mAh battery— which should more than suffice for those looking to get the most out of a little.
The smartphone is available in China at this time and is on the way to European markets— so the Blade C should be in stores sooner than later. Oh and in case you’re wondering— there’s no word on whether or not we will see the smartphone on American shores, but it’s probably wise not to hold your breath for this puppy.
Hot off the heels of an impressive showing at CES this week, ZTE is poised to make a major mark on American consumers this year. CNet reports that carrier executives have not only been impressed with flagship devices like the Grand S smartphone, but the same executives have been encouraged by the direction of the company and are even saying “show me more“. Additionally, ZTE’s head of North American business Lixin Cheng highlights that when seeing the new concepts and devices, carrier executives are seeing “there was a wow factor when they saw them“. It also doesn’t hurt that carriers are attracted to ZTE because of the shorter development process for its phones— devices only take six to eight months from the design of a phone to launch, compared to a competitor’s development time of 12 to 18 months.
While it had some bad publicity a short while ago, it’s looking like ZTE is back on track to becoming the next great brand to have major influence out here in the States. Let’s just hope it can carry the Grand S’s momentum and come out with solid offerings for consumers.
Although ZTE is not a well recognized name in the U.S. market, they still took the opportunity to show up at CES 2013 to reveal their new high end smartphone, the ZTE Grand S. The device sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro cpu, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP camera. Squeezing all of this into a 6.9mm thin device makes this the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone for now. ZTE indicates the device will be available in China in the first quarter of 2013. Unfortunately, no word on whether the device will surface in other markets, including the U.S. Hit the break to check out our hands on video with the ZTE Grand S.