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    This past summer we saw ZTE introduce its Nubia Z7 line of Android smartphones, consisting of the titular Z7, the Z7 Max, and Z7 mini (can we stop this all-mini-phone-branding-is-lower-case rule already, OEMs?). All three had some pretty decent hardware, especially the Z7 with its quad HD screen, 3GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 801. That was only four months ago, but we're already looking to what's next from the manufacturer, as a leak outs a handset purported to be an upcoming Nubia Z9. With that red circle home button, this is pretty clearly a ZTE phone, but the placement of the various ...

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    It feels like Samsung started the trend - phones that were half-tablet with large screens that barely fit in our pockets. Now it seems like everyone is trying to jump onboard the phablet train! Over the last few weeks I've been looking at the ZMAX from ZTE, which proves that even affordable phones have "big phone" fever! To start with, the ZTE ZMAX is big. With its 5.7-inch screen it's right up there with the big guys like the Note 4 and the Nexus 6. It feels significantly larger than my daily driver, the Nexus 5, even though it only stands about 1-inch taller and a quarter of an inch ...

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    With the successful launch of the iPhone 6 Plus last month, not to mention the Galaxy Note 4, manufacturers have gotten their latest doses of confirmation that the smartphone-buying public continues to be enamored by larger-screened devices. But as we know all too well from experience, larger screens can also mean higher prices: while the latest Galaxy S model may sell on-contract for $200, the season's new Note regularly fetches $300, and the iPhone 6 Plus comes at the same $100 premium over the 4.7-inch model. If you want to get in on this big-screen action without exhausting your cash ...

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    Slowly but surely, ZTE has been stepping-up its efforts to bring its smartphones to the US. This summer we've seen it go after American shoppers with phones like the Grand S Pro, and today we learn of its latest efforts to make headway on the nation's phone market, revealing plans for the start of unlocked US sales of the Nubia 5S Mini LTE. If that name rings a bell, there's a good reason for that, as this is a phone we've heard about before... a long time ago. At least, without the LTE suffix, this is hardware we were looking at during CES in January, and the Nubia 5S Mini itself had been ...

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    ZTE hasn't necessarily been a blockbuster hit when it comes to the smartphones it has launched in the US, but that could be intentional. The company has focused on the mid-tier market with devices like the Nubia 5 or the Boost Max that we recently reviewed, and we doubt things will change any time soon after what we saw at ZTE's booth at MWC 2014. That said, the company is interested in growing in the US market, and some new leaks point to something new in the pipeline. Famous tipster @evleaks just landed an interesting tip of a ZTE phablet that's currently being tested on T-Mobile. You'll ...

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    A tide may be turning in Android waters, as heavy manufacturer skinning gives way to demand for cleaner, pure Google offerings. While in the past that meant going with a Nexus device, last year brought us the Google Play edition of handsets, not to mention near-stock efforts from companies like Motorola. And now with Android One on the horizon, this trend is set to continue. Today we learn about another OEM that's looking to get in on some of this action in its own way, as ZTE reveals plans to feature the Google Now launcher on its phones. The Google Now launcher debuted with the Nexus 5 ...

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    Sony just pulled the curtains back on its Xperia C3 “selfie phone,” but it's not the only Android OEM with some new hardware to share this morning. Up at the front of the smartphone pack we've been seeing the arrival of the first handsets with high-res quad HD displays: models like the LG G3 and new LTE-A Galaxy S5. Not to be left behind, ZTE has its own quad HD offering to show off, and today unveils the Nubia Z7, as well as the Z7 Max and Z7 mini. We'd seen leaks of the Nubia Z7 before, but the specs we heard attached to them fall short when compared to the phone's actual hardware, ...

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    ZTE hasn't gained much fame in the United States yet, and that could be due to its strategy. At the moment the company has tailored its offerings to the mid-tier market, and has completely ignored the craving most of us have for flagship products, though that could change very soon. The company is apparently working on something big, and aside from big it's also good looking. Leaked photos show us a new ZTE Nubia Z7 in the works, and this is more than just a thin and good-looking device. Rumors point to this phone offering some flagship specifications, sporting a probable 5.5-inch full-HD ...

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    Over the last few months, ZTE's kept us interested with devices like its Nubia X6 phablet, or its Open C Firefox OS handset, but we haven't spent a lot of time talking about regular old Android phone-sized phones – and really, that's ZTE's bread-and-butter. Well, today we finally see the arrival of a new one, as the manufacturer shares word of its new Grand S Pro for US Cellular. ZTE may consider its Grand family the company's line of high-end flagship models, and while the S Pro does come close to that mark in a few areas, its hardware sounds like more of a mid-tier (or at least, 2012 ...

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    If there's one thing we simply must congratulate Microsoft for, is for how well Windows Phone can run on any processor in the market. It's clear that no matter how cheap or powerful the guts behind the device are, as long as it runs Windows Phone, you should be just fine in almost ever case. That said, since the spec war has become quite compelling for many consumers, we have seen manufacturers like Nokia upping the ante on the spec sheet to compete with Android devices, and new rumors point to better processors reaching Windows Phone, but from another OEM. Asian sources claim that ZTE is ...

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    ZTE is one OEMs that's been eager to embrace new platforms, and last year we saw it get started with Firefox OS hardware. Back at MWC in February we learned of its next efforts, as the company announced the Firefox OS 1.3-running ZTE Open C . We didn't have much in the way of a firm release date at the time, and not being a particularly high-profile model to begin with, it managed to slip off our radar in recent months. But now the ZTE Open C is back in a big way, as the manufacturer kicks-off a retail blitz by starting early sales of the very affordable smartphone on eBay. General sales ...

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    Right now, your top-of-the-line smartphone is going to max out at having 3GB of RAM. And really, despite a couple high-profile Androids launching with such expansive memory at their disposal, the adoption of 3GB has been incredibly slow - far slower than we saw 2GB catch on. Is that because we don't really need 3GB of RAM just yet? Well, a little thing like that never stopped the tide of progress, and there's a chance that the first 4GB RAM smartphone could be just around the corner. We've been thinking about 4GB of RAM in smartphones since last year. At first, it was just general “the ...

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    Today is unquestionably HTC's: no matter how sales of the new One (M8) end up doing, today the M8 stands alone in the spotlight. Still, in spite of all the attention the new One is getting, another manufacturer dares to compete for a spot in the headlines next to HTC, and ZTE this morning unveiled its own latest Android, the 6.44-inch Nubia X6 phablet. Rumors suggested that ZTE might take advantage of that big screen size by giving the X6 a quad HD display; ultimately, that's not what we get here today, and the X6 will instead have a 1080p panel. The phone's powered by a Snapdragon 801 ...

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    There was no flagship at HTC's MWC 2014 event -- just the Desire 816 -- and there was no flagship at ZTE's booth either. We know HTC is preparing the 2013 One flagship follow-up for March 25, but, apparently, ZTE has selected the same day for its Nubia X6 launch, according to the image above. The event will take place on the same day as HTC's All New HTC One (tentative name) announcement, but in Beijing. The phablet is expected to have a larger-than-six-inch display with possibly QHD/2K resolution (though Full HD is mentioned in other leaks), and a 13/16MP camera, depending on which ...

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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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