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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    Do you know where your smartphone's been? Actually, maybe you know all too well, having left your handset on all manner of grimy tables, sticky counters, or other surfaces of questionable character. Or maybe you turn your back for just a moment and your cousin's four-year-old suddenly has his unwashed playground hands all over your unattended phone. But now you can take comfort knowing that even if your smartphone's been in some gross situations, you won't be suffering as a result, as we get word of the first handset protected by new antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Beyond offering the usual ...

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    Back in the early days of 2014, ZTE introduced its Boost Max Android smartphone for – who else – Boost Mobile. The mid-ranger wasn't the most affordable phone we'd ever seen, nor the best-equipped, but it did stand out thanks to one key feature: a killer battery life thanks to marrying those middle-of-the-road specs with a phablet-sized 3200mAh battery. These days the Axon may be ZTE's big bet in the States, but it's not done with the Boost Max family just yet, and today introduces the follow-up Boost Max+. The specs are a bit of a mixed bag, some taking bigger steps forward than ...

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    Last week we saw ZTE introduce its Axon phone, a smartphone launch notable not just for the hardware it brought to market, but for the way the manufacturer went about doing so: rather then tackle US smartphone sales with some re-hash of an existing model, ZTE elected to give America its own phone, and a big part of its Axon launch was emphasizing the “designed in the US, for the US” aspect of it. That may well be true, but a recent entry over at China's TENAA (more or less the country's FCC) reveals that the nation sure appears to be getting its own edition of the Axon, and one that ...

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    ZTE isn't messing around when it comes to the US smartphone market, and earlier this week the manufacturer made its battle plan official, announcing the all-new Axon handset. With top-shelf specs ranging from its quad HD screen, to Snapdragon 810 SoC, to all the RAM you could possibly hope to use, there's a lot to love here, and that's just on the hardware side. ZTE also makes some smart calls with software, not bogging the phone down with a bloated skin. Understandably, we're looking forward to the Axon's retail debut later this month. You can pre-order the Axon now for just about $450, ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    Is that brand-new Axon not giving you the ZTE smartphone fix you're looking for? Well, ZTE may have something else you'd find yourself interested in. The company has announced today a new mid-range offering, the ZTE Blade D6. The Blade D6, unlike the Axon, is destined for more than just a US launch. It'll be positioned as a phone ready to go international, especially since it's likely going to be a fairly affordable device, too (ZTE Blade devices are usually very mid-range and affordable – but we have no way of knowing about this particular phone since pricing details aren't available ...

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    Anyone accusing modern smartphones of being dull probably needs his eyes examined. With phones like the extravagant Galaxy S6 edge, the curvaceous LG G4 and the precision-machined HTC One M9 on store shelves, we seem in the midst of a golden age of Android smartphone design. But here's the thing: all of those are mainstream smartphones. Big-name manufacturers on big-deal wireless carriers, covered to death by big-time publications. You see these phones on the street, on the bus, and dangling from your friends' pockets and purses. They're great, sure, but they're so damn commonplace. ...

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    From what we already knew leading up to today's launch event, the Axon phone was sure promising to be an intriguing piece of hardware, but we didn't have the full picture on just what to expect from this new ZTE US flagship until a few hours ago. What we learned proved to only have the handset become that much more appealing, matching some top-tier specs with a price that any smartphone fan can appreciate. But the Axon is more than just a quad HD screen, Snapdragon 810 SoC, and the sort of 4GB RAM capacity that practically demands, “throw ALL your apps at me.” ZTE has also given the ...

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    ZTE's brand new Axon phone isn't just the company's first flagship smartphone designed with the US market in mind: it's also a nice piece of hardware in its own right, one made all the more attractive by its relatively affordable $450 off-contract price tag. While a number of the phone's technical details were released in advance of today's launch event - components like the dual-rear-camera design that allows the Axon to quickly focus and shoot 4K video at 30fps - the complete picture is only now being revealed. With a fast Snapdragon 810 SoC, tons of RAM, and a big high-res screen, ...

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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    Three weeks back, we first heard of the mysterious Axon, a high-end-sounding smartphone with 4GB of RAM and some interesting hardware, like its dual rear cameras. And while that would be noteworthy enough on its own, there was also the big secret concerning who was making Axon; while the official info didn't clearly identify the phone's manufacturer (and seemed to go to some effort to hide its role), a fair amount of evidence pointed to ZTE's involvement. This afternoon the secret's out, as ZTE finally steps out of the shadows and takes credit for the Axon handset. The Axon offers users a ...

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    Update: According to the Korea Herald, LG U Plus is planning on partnering with Huawei for 5G as well. What comes after 4G? 5G! ...and it's no secret that it's a recent buzzword and trending topic. If you want to know more about what 5G is, and whether you should care about it or not, make sure to read our own Joe Levi's piece explaining the technology. According to a recent report citing official word from the horse's mouth, Huawei and ZTE are not only interested in 5G, but the companies are heavily investing in research and development.  US$600 million is what Huawei, and roughly ...

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    Update (06/28 21:50): Well, Michael and friend Chris did a good job. Fish's back. And the high-quality return is as well. Good luck. Who ever said that summer's a bit of a slow period in mobile tech circles? In the space between WWDC and IFA, nothing much happens, right? Luckily for you smartphone and tablet fans out there, that couldn't be further from the truth, and there's been a busy week chock-full of interesting developments that we're just aching to sift through, chew up, and feed to all of you, momma-bird style, on this week's Pocketnow Weekly. Life used to be so simple. Phones ...

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    It's not all that often that we see phones from Asian manufacturers make their way over to the United States. Some companies – like OPPO, for example – have been really good about making their phones available across the pond soon after they launch in Asia, while a majority of devices never make it out of their country of origin. So imagine our excitement when we see not one, but two phones from ZTE make their way to AT&T and an MVNO carrier, the ZTE Maven and the ZTE Sonata 2. The ZTE Maven is without a doubt a low-end smartphone, retailing for $59.99 at AT&T's website and ...

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    The US is soon to get a new Android smartphone, as the mysterious Axon handset starts making its way through the press. There's a launch event scheduled for July 14 in NYC, and the phone currently has a landing page available online that offers some info about specs and features. While that's all well and good, there's been one big question hanging over the phone's debut: just who's behind this project? While we're still weeks away from Axon's launch, a little detective work has revealed that this appears to be ZTE's latest effort. The connection between Axon and ZTE is hard to ignore, ...

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    Update: Some scheduling and technical difficulties have not only resulted in some portions of variable audio quality, but also a change in our format this episode. We hope that you can bear with them as we talk about the news of the week as well as a full WWDC 2015 editorial roundtable during the last half hour. Enjoy! Is a vegetarian "hamburger" rightfully called as much, or is it just a vegetable patty? Did Scrubs season nine really count, or were we essentially watching a brand-new show? And where are all these seemingly bizarre questions coming from? We're headed into not-so-uncharted ...

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    ZTE has done a really good job in gaining mindshare around the world with some of its innovations. The SPro 2 is just one example of how bold the company can be in making use of Android, but devices like the Nubia Z9 are another example that design and innovation are key to ZTE's strategy. Today we learn that there is more up the company's sleeve, and this time it could be a world's first. Reports claim that a new smartphone from ZTE being dubbed the Star 3 could be the world's first smartphone with a 4K display. Sharp introduced a 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 pixels display back in April, but the ...

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    What do you do with two cameras on the back of your smartphone? Back in the day, companies like HTC used them to allow us to take 3D pictures for display on autostereoscopic screens. More recently, models like the One M8 have used a second shooter to gather depth info. And then there are phones like the Huawei Honor 6 Plus that use a pair of cameras and some interpolation software to create high quality 2D shots. We're thinking about all those use cases as we check out some renders purporting to show off an upcoming ZTE smartphone, one with two rear cameras of its own. The images you see ...

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    We’ve seen a few companies experiment with smartphones and pico projectors for a while, and none with positive results. But what happens if you do things backwards, and instead you build a projector that’s powered by Android? The ZTE SPro 2 is the company's second attempt at redefining how a projector should work, and the idea is to mix the capabilities of a regular 200 lumens projector with some Android smartphone capabilities. The combination has a ton of potential, since you can carry the SPro 2 with you anywhere and project your favorite movie, or play your favorite game from any ...

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    While we're waiting for one bezel-less phone from China to see the light of day -- the OPPO R7 -- another bezel-less phone from China has become official: the ZTE Nubia Z9. We've seen some images of the device at the time of its Chinese TENAA certification, together with some specs, as well as some other bits related to pricing and carrier partners. As you can see in the images above and below, the ZTE Nubia Z9 announced today is truly a bezel-less phone (at least for the sides), coming in three flavors. All three versions measure 147.38 x 68.34 x 8.94mm and are made out completely of ...

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    It's no secret at this point that ZTE has plans to launch its Nubia Z9 smartphone sometime early this May – it's expected to debut on May 6 for Chinese markets – and it hasn't been a stranger to leaks recently. We saw it pass through TENAA certification, as well as pose for leaked images, and this phone is shaping up to be quite anticipated; that bezel-less design is appealing to say the least. Today we're left with even more information about the phone – namely, that means the ZTE Nubia Z9 price. Chinese online retailer JD.com has posted a tentative price of CNY 4,299 for the Nubia ...

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    ZTE has been hard at work in growing mindshare in Asia and the US, and they've done a really good job at it. We're already impressed by products like the ZTE SPro 2 that we're currently reviewing, but when it comes to its smartphone lineup, the recent launch of the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Nubia Z9 mini left a missing piece in the puzzle. More information of the flagship Nubia Z9 emerges today, but you won't believe the specs. The ZTE Nubia Z9 just arrived at TENAA for certification, and we don't know if the report is full of typos, or if the specs on this phone are this crazy and unique. ...

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    While many were wowed at CES 2015 for products like the G Flex 2 from LG, my biggest surprise came from my visit to ZTE, and now we get to take it out for a spin as we unbox the ZTE SPro 2. If you're asking yourself why you would want to buy a digital projector powered by Android, I'm about to spend a week showing you why in our final review coming very soon. For now, let's talk about the box, which coming from AT&T is sadly not saying much. AT&T is already infamous for making any unboxing experience dull, or stripping away accessories to a maximum, but unboxing the ZTE SPro 2 was ...

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    The International Funkausstellung Berlin is more than an excuse to break out our best German pronunciation on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast; it's an annual showcase of the best in consumer technology, with a broad enough spectrum to include everything from washing machines to smartphones. It's in that latter category that some of the most visible announcements have come from IFA: four years ago, Samsung took the stage in Berlin to announce its groundbreaking Galaxy Note phablet, and it's used IFA as the launch venue for every subsequent Note handset since. Technology news isn't ...

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