Posts tagged with: ZTE
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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    You probably didn’t pay much attention to ZTE’s secondary announcement of a basic VR headset with Daydream support alongside the exquisite-looking new Axon 7 phone yesterday, but it turns out that might well have been the absolute highlight of the company’s Beijing event. It’s a pretty big deal that the ZTE Axon 7 and its head-strapped partner will be fully compatible with Daydream virtual reality experiences, presumably once the former gets updated to Android N, because according to Clay Bavor, “there will most likely not be any retroactively Daydream-ready phones.” That’s ...

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    As part of its Axon 7 launch, ZTE also decided to throw along its new ZTE VR headset. Like most other basic headsets — ahem, Gear VR — you just plug your Axon 7 into the headset and you get up and running. The ZTE VR headset has a nine-axis gyroscope for a refined viewing experience. It also has a few buttons, a capacitive touch pad and all of this is supposedly Daydream-compatible, too. Perhaps as manufacturers are able to create a UI skin on top of Android, those same manufacturers are able to create their own experiences on top of Daydream. But that's just speculation on our part. ...

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    Unlike Samsung, which is rumored to only skip a digit in branding this year’s Galaxy Note, ZTE leaped over a whole bunch of them and decided to confusingly follow up the Axon with an Axon 7 that doesn’t even measure 7 inches in screen diagonal. But the number 7 is considered to bring good luck in both Chinese and many Western cultures, and ZTE wants its latest 5.5-inch flagship to conquer the world with an arguably gorgeous design, super-loud speakers, and overall, the best possible 2016 specifications. This device manufacturer is certainly moving up the Android OEM ranks, so we ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE is turning up the dial to seven. After last year's US-launched Axon, it has taken things back home to reboot the stratified series. The Axon 7 was revealed at a Beijing event and it is about as strong a phone as its spring compatriots and at least just as strong as a possible fall release. For one, you can purchase a variant of the phone with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Some of the other major features of the phone include the return of Hi-Fi in a big way: the Axon 7 has two audio chipsets from AKM, one providing the DAC function and the other as an ...

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    ZTE has a pretty decent mid-range smartphone that's just made it to AT&T's prepaid service, but are we getting a capoeira lesson here? And what's with this long name? Well, the blog post at Cricket Wireless's site play cute with the marketing of the phone with references to Motorola's heavily 'ol chugger, the DynaTAC, and the whole bit about how smartphone screen sizes blew up so fast. But then we get this series of GIFs (which we can't place here because of our filesize restrictions ... darn them) that show off a bunch of people running around a huge park in Atlanta, showing off ...

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    All screen, no phone? Well, that's a monitor. But if you're looking for something mobile that does away with as much bezel as possible, we might be coming in close on the Nubia Z11 Max, a phone that didn't get released with its Mini sibling last month. The ZTE subsidiary's senior vice president Ni Fei posted a big fat teaser on Weibo today touting that the phone will be arriving with an 83.27 percent screen-to-body ratio. Not too bad for Nubia — its Z9 phone was pretty comparable. Pictures from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA show the phone off in more detail with a fingerprint sensor ...

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    ZTE is back in the US with a full-page advert on today's Wall Street Journal giving thanks to "The 30 Million Savviest Mobile Users For Choosing Performance Without Price". Which is all fine and well if the ad were placed in isolation, but this comes at about a year after the original Axon Pro appeared in the US and days before a launch event in Beijing for the Axon 7. In fact, we might even be seeing the top portion of that new, golden phone in the ad. It's certainly looking unlike any prior Axon model that's been released. A visit to the Axon site didn't garner any clues for an Axon 7 US ...

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    Did ZTE pull a Huawei or are they just good friends? We've seen the Ascend Mate 2 turn into the Ascend Mate 7, now we're hearing about the sequel to the Axon coming into view as the Axon 7. GizmoChina has an invitation for a May 26 event in Beijing and it's teasing some loud speakers. In addition, we're expecting the typical internals for the space year 2016: quad HD resolution spread over 5.5 inches, a Snapdragon 820, a single 20-megapixel main camera and 64GB of native storage. Odd that we're hearing about a Beijing event as we saw ZTE launch the first device in the line, the Axon Pro, ...

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    Leaks don't have to be all about iPhones, Galaxys, Huawei, Xiaomi, Nexus, any real flagships, really, etc. etc. Take ZTE  — it's said to be planning a device called the Zmax Pro, according to a source to VentureBeat's Evan Blass. While previous Zmax devices have stuck to 720p displays on large canvasses with Snapdragon 400-series processors, the Pro is said to be packing in a Snapdragon 617 (eight cores running at 1.5GHz) right under a six-inch full HD screen. 2GB of RAM may same a little weak for 2016, but there is 32GB of flash storage for the suffering. The rear camera looks to have ...

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    Following a Tenaa regulatory visit that practically etched all of Axon 2’s specifications in stone, as well as exhibiting its front, rear and lateral design in excellent quality, ZTE was left scraping the bottom of the barrel for things it could still surprise us with in the build up to a formal announcement. The company’s CEO, Zeng Xuezhong, ultimately chose a bold side-by-side comparison of the “all new Axon”, iPhone 6s and Huawei P9, pitting the three against one another in a battle of… screws and speaker grills. Wait, what? It’s true, ZTE seems to think one of the reasons ...

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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    It’s hard enough to tell the difference between first-generation ZTE Axon, Axon Pro, Elite and Max editions without a sequel thrown in the mix, but by the looks of things, there’s only one second-gen model decidedly around the corner. While this is hardly a revolutionary device in terms of design, smoothening the original’s lines out, picking up a circular rear-fitted fingerprint scanner, and replacing the gimmicky 13 + 2MP Dual camera arrangement with a single 20-megapixel shooter, it also touts a major under-the-hood upgrade. Namely, a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core Kryo CPU ...

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    In case you haven’t checked your calendar… apps lately, April 19 came and went without so much as a hint regarding the rumored ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Max announcements. The Nubia Z11 and Z11 Max are themselves oddly kept on the sidelines, with just the diminutive derivation unveiled, plus two new low-key Blade-series mid-rangers. But perhaps the X8 "delays" are for the best, allowing ZTE to polish and perfect at least three 6.4-inch models, including one that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Yes, we’re hearing whispers of a Nubia X8 or X8 Max “Ultimate” configuration now, ...

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    You can probably count the top 20 smartphone manufacturers that are yet to launch a flagship model this year on one hand, but ZTE is still in no rush to upgrade the Nubia Z9 and Z9 Max or refresh the Axon lineup. Instead, the Chinese OEM remains 100 percent focused on the low-cost, mid-range segment, where the Blade V7 Max and Blade A910 today follow in the footsteps of the very recently unveiled Nubia Z11 mini. With a 5.5-inch Full HD display, undetailed 1.8 GHz octa-core processor, and 3,000 mAh battery, the ZTE Blade V7 Max doesn’t immediately strike us as special or particularly ...

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    It’s not exactly customary for a diminutive derivation of a new flagship phone to go official before the “full-sized” model does, and several major Android OEMs have altogether renounced mini-hero devices. Not ZTE, though, or rather the Chinese company’s Nubia sub-brand, which proves big things can indeed come in small packages today, as promised. The Z11 mini foreshadows both the standard Z11 and Z11 max, unfortunately rehashing a number of Z9 mini specifications it couldn’t possibly upgrade at its sub-$250 price point. Nor can you justifiably show discontent over upper ...

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    While ZTE’s precise product release plans for the next few months remain decidedly under wraps, we know for sure at least a couple Nubia-branded Android phones are slated to go official in Beijing in exactly five days. One of these is likely a mini-flagship, which made us assume sequels for last year’s standard and diminutive Z9 were coming. But it’s also possible long overdue follow-ups for the 2014-launched Nubia X6 are in the works, with 5.5 and 6-inch screens in tow. Given the Tenaa-revealed footprints and display diagonals, we’re guessing the names will be ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 ...

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    ZTE seems to be doing with its Nubia sub-brand basically what Huawei’s been doing for Honor-labeled devices, as we patiently await the oft-rumored announcement and subsequent global launch of a Z11 trio. You may notice the most recent hint regarding an approaching Nubia Z11 presentation in Beijing contains no reference to the ZTE name, just a date, venue and tagline that roughly translates “Small world, big wonders.” Clearly, Nubia is alluding to the April 19 unveiling of both a small and big phone, as well as an even bigger one, we presume, dubbed Z11 Max. Or perhaps it’s only the ...

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    When will device manufacturers and mobile operators learn there are only two ways to go in terms of the operating system a phone has to use to become commercially successful? It’s either iOS, which of course isn’t an option for anyone but Apple, or Android. Down the line, Windows could be a decent alternative too… if Microsoft ever decides to take the platform seriously. Meanwhile, Samsung tried and tried and tried to get Tizen off the ground, BlackBerry should probably throw in the towel as far as its proprietary OS is concerned, and Sailfish and Firefox OS never stood a chance. ...

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    AnTuTu is a benchmarking tool that’s likely equal parts popular and controversial. Known to have been faked and duped more than once in the past, the mobile device performance-measuring app is still widely used by consumers, reviewers and sometimes manufacturers eager to prove their babies are the best of the best. Unfortunately, its latest update, to version 6.0, seems to have again made way for score manipulation or at least erratic and inconsistent results across very similar phones. The Xiaomi Mi 5, for instance, was reported to yield anywhere between 130,000 and 180K points, the ...

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    There are Pro and non-Pro ZTE Axon configurations available nowadays both stateside and elsewhere, some of which have recently received OTA Android Marshmallow updates. Then there’s the purported next generation of fairly inexpensive flagships, likely powered by Snapdragon 820 processors. But if you’re keener on saving a buck (or a couple hundred) than owning the absolute best phone in the world, waiting is futile. You will never encounter a better ZTE Axon deal than the one currently live on eBay. Once upon a time listed at $330, and sold by the manufacturer itself for $250 these ...

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    Who are the biggest smartphone companies around? Samsung? Absolutely. Apple? Here in the US, sure. But move just a few more rungs further down that ladder, and you start running into some surprising names. Chinese firms have been steadily increasing their presence in multiple markets, and in the States we've seen ZTE rise to an impressive fourth-place showing. While that's had things looking up for the manufacturer's mobile stature, earlier this month ZTE's fortunes hit a speed bump as the Commerce Department slapped the company with export restrictions due to allegations of working to ...

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    Despite the "A2017" moniker, we should expect ZTE to produce this phone well before next year comes to pass. At least, if business continues on the way it has been. While we have seen the Axon Pro listed as the A1P, ZTE has also named a China-destined Axon with a fingerprint sensor the A2015. The Axon Elite that came out during the fall was marked down as the A2016. But those two phone weren't exactly intended for the US market, so it leaves us wondering if we'll have to catch a different codename for that business. But "ZTE A2017" is going to be the name we have to work with as we find ...

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    American sanctions may have lightened up on Iran as the country continues to wind off nuclear production of potentially fissile material, but the Commerce Department is ready to tack on a major penalty to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. The department plans on beginning export restrictions on all of ZTE's global suppliers which will make it nearly impossible for them to ship any US-made parts to the Shenzhen-based manufacturer, according to documents as obtained by Reuters. The company can appeal the decision which will go in effect on Tuesday. ZTE was made aware of the ...

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    As one of China’s most respected mobile device manufacturers, ZTE should have probably gathered the courage to properly tackle the US smartphone market years ago. Better late than never, though, as starting last summer, American Android power users on a tight budget were treated to the Axon Pro. Initially priced at $400 unlocked, and currently available for as little as $330 on Amazon, the Quad HD/Snapdragon 810/4GB RAM beast needed just one more thing to become truly irresistible. And now, that very thing can be easily downloaded and installed over-the-air. We mean of course 6.0 ...

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