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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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    We're in Malta for the IFA Global Press Conference, where manufacturers have gathered to showcase everything from refrigerators to smartwatches. As you know, we're not too big on the appliance side of the scene (Haier's impressive compressorless refrigeration aside) so we were excited to find ZTE's Waiman Lam here with a boatload of mobile offerings to showcase, along with a peek into the company's plans for expansion going forward. First came the metrics. ZTE currently boasts 60 million active users around the globe, having shipped 100 million total devices in 2014 (48 million of which ...

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    Lawsuits between Chinese OEMs may either not be common, or just not as public as other OEMs in our shores make it seem. Huawei spent a great deal of time showing us all the camera innovations that it launched with the Huawei P8 a few days ago, some hardware related like with the RGBW sensor, and others software related. ZTE feels that some of these innovations on the Huawei P8 and the MediaPad X2 infringe in Nubia patents, and a lawsuit has been filed. The first infringement applies to "Slow Shutter and Capture technology," which we assume relates to the light painting option in the P8's ...

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    We've been waiting for ZTE to launch the Nubia Z9 for ages by this point, with leaks dating all the way back to last fall. The manufacturer has already gone public with a couple Z9 family members (Z9 Max pictured above), but the Z9 itself has so far been waiting for its own moment to step into the spotlight. Today we finally get an indication for when that will happen, as ZTE teases the launch for this handset with quite the eye-catching screen. One of the big selling points we've heard attached to the Z9's hardware has been a display with incredibly slim side bezels. The leak we saw last ...

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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    ZTE started off the year by introducing its Blade S6 at CES in January. A little over a month later, the five-inch Blade S6 was joined by the slightly larger 5.5-inch Blade S6 Plus. In the past, we've seen ZTE bring some of its brand new phones directly to consumers, putting just-launched unlocked hardware up for sale through its eBay stores. That's exactly what it intends to do this time around, too, and has started a worldwide sales initiative to get the phablet out there. The Blade S6 Plus, to refresh your memory, is a Snapdragon 615-powered, 720p 5.5-incher with a 3000mAh battery and ...

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    Look at the companies that have created Nexus-series smartphones to date: HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Motorola. All big names on the international market, and all familiar brands to smartphone shoppers in the West – particularly the US, on Google's home turf. But now a new rumor suggests that Google could be thinking about going in a different direction for the manufacturer it partners with to build this year's Nexus phone (which, since we clearly can't call it the Nexus 7, has its name still up in the air), working with a Chinese OEM. The source doesn't say just who that might be, but it ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    ZTE didn't bring a ton of new devices to CES last week; we got to check out the Grand X Max+ for Cricket, as well as that Spro 2 portable projector, but that's hardly a big spread for a manufacturer as large as ZTE. Still, while not much was launching at the time, the company obvious has plenty of additional hardware in its development pipeline. Today we get an early look at what seems to be one such model, as a reseller lets slip a few advance pics of a phone that might just be the Blade S6. The images you see here apparently came from reseller GearBest, and while the pre-order page for ...

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    Companies are clearly not fighting the same spec race we saw a few years ago. Instead, we've noticed a dramatic surge in phablets of all shapes, sizes, and even price points. Of all these, the mid-tier phablet seems to be the most popular, where many emerging markets use these products as an only source for computing, and where the size and the price tag do matter. ZTE has done a great job at blending phablets at affordable price tags, with very competitive price points as a marketing strategy to enter the US market, and today we see another product. Make sure you watch our hands-on of the ...

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    Pico projectors aren't new, and we've seen a couple of companies trying to use this technology in order to allow mobile users to enhance their displays on the go. Sadly the concept hasn't really taken off, and that's mainly an implementation problem, as Pico projectors aren't really bright, and smartphones aren't really powerful enough to keep the light active for very long. Now, what happens when a company does things the other way around, and instead of fitting a projector in a smartphone, fits a smartphone in a projector? Make sure you watch our hands-on coverage of the ZTE Spro 2, the ...

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    Many people, when going smartphone shopping, just want something that's cheap and is on a decent rate plan. In the United States, it's not that simple to work this combo out with ease and still get a phone that's workable, but the newly-announced ZTE Grand X Max+ on AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless could change this. The phone packs a massive 6-inch HD screen with an HD (1280x720) resolution, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facer, a 3,200 mAh battery (that's the benefit of having such a massive phone), Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and ZTE's custom skin atop Android ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Given the attention smartphone brands like Sony, HTC, and Motorola receive, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were among the bigger players around, and while they're still very important companies in their field, other firms have been snatching huge chunks of the market out from under them. The big names in growth are companies based out of China, and on the short list of heavy-hitters, there you'll find ZTE. The company's already the fourth-largest seller of smartphones in the US, and its enthusiasm for conquering new markets only promises to continue in the new year. Before we get into ...

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