Posts tagged with: ZTE
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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “A $99 smartphone? How good could that be?” And trust us, we understand the sentiment. we’ve used $99 smartphones and it’s the kind of experience we wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, including Chicago White Sox fans. And the ZTE ZMAX Pro must be that type of device right? Absolutely, unquestionably, wrong. Not only is the ZTE ZMAX Pro everything a $99 phone should be, it probably doesn’t cost enough. So let’s walk around this puppy and kick the tires in our full ZTE ZMAX Pro review. Hardware The ZTE ZMAX Pro earns its name in ...

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    To be honest, the Axon Max that ZTE debuted for its domestic audience last year didn't look to be a welcome addition. Sure, the company had some aesthetics going on and a large screen for the people who prefer them. The Snapdragon 617 inside of it was somewhat weak, though. Well, good news and bad news — GFXBench has listed a device that looks to be the next version of the ZTE Axon Max. There are trade-offs to be made around the specs, though. For one, we're keeping the six-inch, full HD screen from last year. We do get an upgrade to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with eight Cortex-A53 ...

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    ZTE has won a second extension to its reprieve from trade sanctions in the US. The Commerce Department initially issued the sanctions back in March after its investigations found that the Chinese manufacturer was doing business with Iranian companies. Parts of ZTE's products have been sourced from American companies. The company has maintained its cooperation with the investigation and was granted a break from the sanctions at the end of March and then an extension at the end of June, lasting until August 30. The current extension allows ZTE to continue sourcing components from the US ...

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    It's another one of these pre-IFA events, huh? Just outside of the window of IFA Berlin, we have plenty of events to crash in on like ASUS's, Huawei's, Samsung's, Acer's, Sony's and now ZTE's. Specifically, its Nubia company has decided to ramp up its hype site for what Nubia will do at IFA on August 31. Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook page also gets in on the promotion action, calling whatever's being promoted ahead a "bezel-less beauty". "...let us follow his steps and witness the bezel-less beauty this August!," vamps Nubia. And a single, solitary moth shall lay its legs upon the next ...

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    Every manufacturer has an approach to tackling major Android point upgrades. Some (claim) to turn out a fast product while others take their time to iron out wrinkles... and then others never take their time. While you might have an idea of who the suspects we're talking about are, analytics firm Apteligent has compiled numbers up from thousands of apps to figure out which OEM's been paying the most mind to the Marshmallow update. Motorola is named the far-and-away leader in the US and India when it comes to non-Nexus devices. Add in Nexus makes and you'll see Moto trounce in the US. LG, ...

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    With the spanking new, redesigned, ultra-powerful, ambitious, loud, sharp and Daydream VR-ready ZTE Axon 7 available for a measly $400 off the bat unlocked and occasionally freebie-including, it was only a matter of time until first-gen models fetched important discounts to help them retain a slice of the spotlight. One such deep price cut has just arrived, though unfortunately, it’s not the Axon Pro variant you can purchase on the cheap from Newegg via eBay at the moment. Instead, you’re looking at $160 savings over the list price of the non-Pro 2015 ZTE Axon, offered through 6pm on ...

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    China's largest card issuer, UnionPay, has crossed the Pacific to spread its mobile payments system, QuickPass, to the Great White North. Over 70,000 Canadian merchants take UnionPay cards as well as over 85 percent of ATMs. While Chinese students and other contingents continue to flock east to not just Vancouver, but most of Canada, the move is good news for tech-enabled immigrants to tap-and-go with their chip-equipped cards or phones (brands mentioned in the press release include Huawei, [Xiao]MI, ZTE and Lenovo), paying online and in stores — though we're not sure how many merchants ...

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    Yet another reason to lament the unwillingness of most top Chinese smartphone manufacturers to more aggressively pursue a Western audience? Well, ZTE is actually among the few also making a splash stateside, so we should probably cut it some slack. After all, the surprisingly affordable, exceptionally powerful Axon 7 is looking better and better by the day, while derivative recent Nubia releases could maybe hurt ZTE’s focus on American shores if expanded outside Asia. But we wouldn’t say the same about a device merely known by its convoluted BV0730 model number, certified by Tenaa a ...

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    With an “ambitiously flawed” camera, palatable price tag, frequent additional deal sweeteners, Daydream VR compatibility (which Samsung still hasn’t confirmed to be offered with the Galaxy Note 7), super-high-quality audio, at least 4GB RAM, massive and sharp AMOLED screen, as well as a winning design, the ZTE Axon 7 only needs one more thing to turn potential into mainstream box-office success. No, not an Android Nougat update, at least not yet, but rather a tool to allow tinkerers easy modification and personalization of the beastly phone’s pre-installed OS. We’re talking an ...

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    2016 will be remembered by gadget fans as the year of the "budget buster". This year represents a turning point for manufacturers building phones in the $200-$400 range, where they significantly closed the gap between mid-range fare and higher end devices. The Axon 7 has a terrific collection of specs on paper, but how does this package compete against similarly priced options, and can it still hang with more expensive handsets? This Qualcomm 820 powered phone boasts a 20MP Samsung sourced camera sensor with optical image stabilization, phase detection auto focus, and an f/1.8 aperture. ...

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    Juan and Jaime went hands on with the new Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung's launch event. What did they like about Samsung's newest phablet? Are there any deal breakers for a phone which costs as much as a decent laptop? Also we've got fresh hot new LG V20 rumors, and we take a look at the release schedule for Android 7 "Nougat" and the next Nexus. Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 212 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on August 4th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    You have to admire Eve in Finland. No, it's not a person, but a team of people trying to fulfill a convertible Windows 10 tablet — alright, a "Surface clone" — designed and specced out by a community of hundreds. And the progress (sometimes even regress) is described every step of the way in painstaking detail. Kinda makes you wonder about when you'll get the chance to have your say on a fancy new smartphone, huh? So far, we haven't really seen such a project catch fire. But ZTE in the US is going to try. Project CSX is what the company is dubbing its months-long charge to raise its ...

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    Many companies have claimed that they manufacturer the true flagship budget busting smartphone, and over the last two years we've seen some incredible competition heat up around the $400 price point. The line between a true-blue top tier handset and a premium mid-ranger is getting increasingly blurry. Following in the footsteps of companies like Huawei, Motorola, and OnePlus, ZTE is launching a monster of a smartphone in North America with a jaw dropping price tag. The Axon 7 matches or bests the specs we might find on a top of the line Samsung or HTC, but you'll be able to buy it unlocked ...

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    Sources in China reported that ZTE was planning on launching the Axon 7 at the same price it did so for the Axon Pro last year — $450. Well, it's been a day over two months since we learned of this quite impressive phone. The pre-order period is over and done with in the US and sales have officially begun at the price of $399.98. Yep, the phone is keeping its pre-order pricing which means that it's only 98 cents more expensive than a OnePlus 3 and the Alcatel Idol 4S. It's still available at the places you'll find below. Newegg is attaching free headphones with a pre-order through ...

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    To be cheap is to prosper as a smartphone consumer. And it's also to live. And if you've caught wind of the ZTE ZMAX PRO last week, you might've thought to switch over to MetroPCS to get that exclusive $99 phone with a fingerprint sensor. Well, if you want a little more freedom in which carrier you want to hitch up with, check out BLU's new Studio Touch. Like the ZMAX PRO, it has a fingerprint reader (though on the front). But as the phone comes direct from BLU and the price is not subsidized, there are some compromises. The MediaTek MT6725 processor is a quad-core unit running at 1GHz. ...

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    With all the attention given to the fast-rising Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and even LeEco of late, it feels another promising Chinese smartphone manufacturer isn’t quite getting the buzz it perhaps deserves. Unlike three of its four aforementioned domestic rivals, ZTE already caters to an American audience in addition to Asian and European budget-conscious mobile consumers with both entry-level devices and premium models. But if the Axon 7 is too rich for your blood, freebies included, you’ll be happy to hear a diminutive, watered-down version will probably break cover soon. The ZTE Axon 7 ...

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    From solid deal to sweet bargain to outlandishly awesome value for your money. It doesn’t look like a matter of whether or not you should pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 as soon as you get a chance, but where to buy it from? Amazon and the manufacturer’s own e-store would probably lead the pack, since they’re likely to ship the premium yet inexpensive Daydream-supporting phone ahead of all other authorized retailers. Newegg is a great choice if you’re into powerful DJ-style headphones… and free stuff, while B&H Photo Video offers more leeway in terms of what types of gifts you’re ...

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    The hard grade of disbelief we give to budget phones out of China these days has to do with the fact that they have fingerprint sensors. Yeah, we know, kinda crazy. It takes a bit more than a few dollars, though, to not only get the component, but get it to work properly and in a decent fashion. Nevertheless, phone after phone in China has made it happen. ZTE is making it happen in the US with the debut of the spiritual successor to the ZMax 2, the ZMax Pro for MetroPCS. There's a six-inch, full HD display with a Snapdragon 617 and 2GB of RAM. The main camera has 13 megapixels of ...

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    It was at "3" last year, as far as we know. Now, ZTE is moving this weirdly-branded line of budget phone to "4". The company has launched the Small Fresh 4 in China. It has a MediaTek MT6753 (eight cores running at 1.3GHz), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card by up to 64GB) and a 5.2-inch full HD LCD with 2.5D pooling glass on the front. The 5-megapixel selfie cam supposedly has some crazy glass in front of it, giving it a 160-degree field of view. There's a 13-megapixel rear camera, too. All of this and a fingerprint sensor on Android Marshmallow with MiFavor 3.5 ...

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    ZTE has been focusing on an unusual selling point in its efforts to prove the Axon 7 can stand out from the high-end Android smartphone pack, surprisingly downplaying the 5.5-incher’s super-sharp screen, powerful processor and even Daydream VR compatibility to talk up “superb HiFi audio.” The front-facing dual speakers are said to deliver “America’s Premier” sound experience, completed by other top-notch add-ons like dual microphones, HiFi recording capabilities, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Surround. But to truly appreciate everything ZTE worked on to delight your ears, you ...

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    Pokémon Go is already huge and it's getting huger! LG is whittling back expectations for the G5, but can a V20 pull the company out of its doldrums. Plus this week our viewers take the wheel. Ask us anything (tech related), and we're going to answer it! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 209 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 14th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your ...

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    Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg and, of course, ZTE’s own US e-store are finally accepting pre-orders for the self-described “first Android smartphone to break away from other flagships with specs that outperform rivals at an unbeatable price.” Said price is $400 after all, not $450, as previously believed, which is indeed pretty amazing for a 5.5-incher that “looks and feels premium at every angle”, supporting Google’s Daydream mobile VR platform off the bat (well, technically, starting in the fall), and packing the best internals currently available. Maybe not a Snapdragon ...

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    With the pre-orders over and done with, sales have been rapid-fire fast for the Nubia Z11. A million buyers registered to buy the thing, but only 250,000 got theirs on July 6. Ni Fei, co-founder of the ZTE subsidiary, said that the company's working hard on getting its next batch of devices ready for July 13. Meanwhile on the mothership, ZTE is expecting to triple its sales in Thailand this year to 900,000 units. Not bad, considering that the name's only been known in the country since 2014. It's brought the company up to number six in sales, but still faces challenges from the typical ...

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    Well, isn’t this a nice little surprise? The timing might not feel very inspired to our American readers, but the ZTE Nubia N1 exclusively targets cash-strapped Android power users in China anyway, so what does it matter to them that today’s the Fourth of July? Priced at the equivalent of $255 (CNY 1,700), the brand-new 5.5-incher greatly resembles (on the outside) a slightly older 5.5-incher that managed to rack up a million pre-orders in a day. Granted, the almost invisible screen borders on the Nubia Z11 are a tad more visible here, and ZTE’s design team clearly reduced its ...

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