Posts tagged with: ZTE
  • by | February 10, 2014 12:43 PM

    Rumors about a Nubia Z7 from ZTE date back over a year by this point. They sounded quite high-end back then, and they still come off as pretty compelling, with exotic specs like the option for 128GB flash storage. Is this phone doomed to remain vaporware, or will it actually see the light of day? New rumors suggest that the Z7 is still on its way, and it could deliver a new ZTE Android UI when it finally arrives. The image above recently leaked, and appears to depict a new, flat-looking design for ZTE's interface; more than a little, we're reminded of the efforts Samsung appears to be ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:01 AM

    To date, essentially all manufacturers who have attempted to mimic Samsung's success with the Galaxy Note line of oversized smartphones have done so by packing as many great specifications as possible inside the phone and slapping a premium price tag on it to boot. But not everyone who wants a smartphone-tablet hybrid wants or needs an over the top smartphone. And they may not want to pay premium prices to get such a phone. Much smaller phones, like the Moto G, have impressively replicated the performance and experience provided by the much more expensive Moto X. So why can't a so-called ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 7:33 PM

    We were all very surprised when it was announced Google had moved to purchase Motorola Mobility in the second half to 2011. As I noted in my piece from Monday, we were all taken aback and curious as to why Google had moved to purchase a hardware company. Obviously, the purchase was heavily – if not entirely – fueled by Motorola's immense, mobile-related portfolio of over 20,000 patents. But when Google's own Dennis Woodside moved over to Motorola as the new CEO, we could only speculate that Google, despite making it very clear Motorola would remain a separate company, wanted Motorola ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    ZTE told us at CES last month that it wants to be a part of the U.S. smartphone market. The Nubia 5, which Jaime reviewed last year, was among the first of its devices targeted at U.S. consumers. But as we're learning, that was just one of many to come. We saw a handful of handsets at CES, and among those was a rather large, entry level smartphone, the Iconic Phablet (not to be confused with Acer's Iconia brand, as I unwittingly did in the below unboxing). This phone is coming to the US in the form of the Boost MAX on Boost Mobile. The innards and outsides are practically identical. To ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 9:00 AM

    The ZTE Iconic Phablet we've seen at CES, and handled, turned out to be just a "placeholder" name for the device, as it now pops up with the ZTE Boost Max moniker on Boost Mobile. It will set you back $299.99 but it can also be coupled with Boost Mobile's $55 Monthly Unlimited Plan -- with Shrinking Payments which can make your fee as low as $40. The Boost Max packs a 5.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, eight-megapixel main camera with flash, one-megapixel front-facer, Android 4.1, and a 3,200mAh ...

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  • by | January 15, 2014 8:36 PM

    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    If you'd told me a year ago that one of my key takeaways from CES 2014 would be a renewed interest in ZTE smartphone developments, I'd have told you to "go home, you're drunk" (which would have been a pretty timely reference back then). Nonetheless, it's true: of the many impressive sights we beheld at this year's International CES, the wares showcased by ZTE were high on my list - and if you're my kind of mobile geek, they should be high on yours too. I need to be fair here and say that not everything from the Shenzhen-based company tooted my horn. ZTE may be the world's fourth-largest ...

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  • by | January 10, 2014 7:37 PM

    Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...

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  • by | January 10, 2014 6:44 PM

    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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  • by | January 10, 2014 7:52 AM

    Can you imagine the idea of still being able to use your old HTC HD2 under today's hardware standards? There's no denying that we all miss a specific smartphone we fell in-love with years ago, and I'm sure many of you would wish to still be able to use it today if the hardware was current to today's software demands. Others would also like to be able to upgrade the camera of their HTC One, but wouldn't mind keeping its beautiful design for another year. The idea of Modular smartphones that will allow you to do this has been on the news since mid-2013 with Motorola's announced concept, but ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 6:33 PM

    (Updated to correct typo in title.) Our tour through ZTE's CES presence isn't over just yet, as we'd be remiss if we didn't stop to check out the company's just-announced (well, last week, at least) phablet, the aptly-named Iconic Phablet. When we first heard about the Iconic Phablet, we didn't have much to go on; ZTE revealed a 5.7-inch 720p display - which while pressing the limits of what manufacturers can get away with before switching to 1080p, is still something we can live with - along with support for wireless charging. We also knew to look for Dolby Digital support, but that still ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 6:20 PM

    ZTE's CES announcements came last week, and while that means there's less for us to be surprised by at the show now that we're there, we're also finally able to check out its new hardware in the flesh. The company had news of a number of devices to share, but one of the handsets we've heard the most about has been the Grand S II. ZTE followed-up yesterday on its initial announcement to share a little more about the phone's advanced voice features, so of course we had to see how those function for ourselves. Jump on down to the video below to join as we get our answers, looking at the Grand ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 6:19 PM

    It wasn't that long ago when we were bringing you a review of the ZTE Nubia 5, and now we're already looking at the arrival of the next Nubia models, the 5s and 5s mini. Today at the CES we went looking to check out the hardware, and ran into the Nubia 5s at ZTE's booth. The handset features what ZTE calls "professional-grade photography hardware," consisting of a 13-megapixel Sony RS sensor and an iris with f/2.0 aperture. It's capable of recording 4K video (to give you something to play back on one of the many, many 4K TVs hanging out at the CES) and offers users advanced manual ...

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  • by | January 6, 2014 10:07 AM

    ZTE wasted no time in getting its CES spread out there, and last Friday we told you about the new devices it announced, including a smartwatch and phablet. As we get closer to the official start of CES itself, ZTE has some additional info to help flesh out the picture for some of its new gear, and today offers new detail about the voice capabilities of the new Grand S II, as well as delves into the feature set of its intriguing portable hotspot/projector. We heard last week that the Grand S II had “high-precision voice,” features, but what does that mean? Well, besides offering ...

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  • by | January 3, 2014 9:36 PM

    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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