Posts tagged with: ZTE
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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been listening to reviewers and the community about their concerns for the Axon 7 and its second response in the form of a software update has been published is being sent out over the air right now. Among the major updates in this build B27 include easing up on the fingerprint sensing, some battery optimizations, a new "fast battery drain" notification and the September 1 security patch level for Android, thus filling in the last Quadrooter vulnerability. Camera tweaks (specifically on the focus) and group texting have also made the cut. The biggest change ...

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    We're running a special segment this week to discuss Samsung and the response to the Note 7. Is the media doing a fair job in reporting on these incidents? Has Samsung responded appropriately? Is there any way to salvage the Galaxy brand name? Also, the iPhone 7 will be in our hands in less than 24 hours, and it's apparently selling out like crazy! HTC has a new phone headed to Sprint! We've got a fresh look at the Google Pixel phone! Microsoft kills the Lumia! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 15th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    The year 2016 will be remembered for many reasons, but one of the most positive reasons to remember this year will be looking back at all of the amazing options we gadget fans enjoyed at a mid-pack price. This year we saw the line between wallet-friendly phones and more expensive premium options almost completely erode. High end performance, competitive storage and battery options, and some beautiful hardware designs. With so many fantastic options, we felt it was worth coming back to produce another quick showdown of our favorites so far. It's an incredible collection, and funny to think ...

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    The brilliant minds of the vast internet community have come together to think up a futuristic, but realistic product idea in the mobile space and all those ideas have been judged. Now, manufacturer ZTE is ready to head into the second phase of Project CSX — "Crowd Source X," where the "X" means "any mobile device." Almost 400 submissions poured in during a month of discussion before the list got winnowed down to a round of 20, then a top three. All of those ideas had to be what ZTE described as a mobile product that's realistic to build in 2017 and affordable for consumers to buy. Here ...

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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    As it stands, the Axon 7 has already garnered ZTE lots of positive reputation for 2016, but the company is out for more with its announcement of the new ZTE Axon 7 mini. Now, it seems that companies haven't really taken the name mini into account, considering that the Axon 7 mini is really just 0.3 inches smaller than the Axon 7. There is more to the story though, as this isn't really that much of a small phone, and more of a device that we could call a premium mid-ranger. Watch our full hands-on video to learn more. Video sponsored by Xcom Global Coupon code: pocketnow Limited Offer: Only ...

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    And so it has come to this. 5.2-inch smartphones marketed as diminutive flagships. Or, as ZTE puts it in its Axon 7 mini-announcing press release, proof “power, performance and premium experience does not have to lack in a smaller form factor.” Smaller by just 0.3 inches, mind you, in screen diagonal, 4mm as far as device height goes, another 4 in width, and a “massive” 22 grams less in weight. Not long ago, the ZTE Axon 7 mini would have probably been deemed a giant, but now all of a sudden it’s “pocket-sized.” Either way, at a recommended retail price of €299 outside the ...

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    What’s “Nu” (read new) from Nubia at the 2016 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin? Not much, as ZTE’s growingly ambitious sub-brand essentially follows Asus’ suit by expanding a previously domestic-exclusive product to European shores. The difference is the “bezel-less”, no-boundary-dreaming Nubia Z11 enjoyed a remarkable first few days of China availability, looking to achieve rapid global fame with a stellar quality – pricing ratio. Yes, we said global, because we expect ZTE to also take a page from arch-rival Huawei’s playbook, ultimately bringing this Full HD ...

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    According to Strategy Analytics, China-based ZTE is currently the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the US and second largest in the no-contract market. That’s clearly thanks to the affordable high-end Axon line first and foremost, though ultra-low-cost prepaid ZMAX and Warp models must have also contributed greatly to the OEM’s rapid recent American rise. The ZTE Warp 7 is available online from Boost Mobile starting today at just $99.99, no lengthy network commitments or strings attached, rolling out in the Sprint subsidiary’s physical stores on September 5. Unfortunately (for ...

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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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