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    It's easy to find yourself getting disillusioned by the smartphone offerings at CES this year, as they present few very exciting flagship-level offerings. But only looking for top-shelf hardware would be doing yourself a disservice. After all, it's important to remember what the C in CES stands for: consumer. And for a large number of shoppers, top-of-the-line specs don't matter as much as affordability and value – something all too easy to forget. ZTE finds its roots in delivering connectivity options to users who might not otherwise have them, and that mission continues today with the ...

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    It used to be that mobile product feedback was a one-way street: a company would release some new hardware or software, users would celebrate or decry its release, and maybe if we were super-lucky, the manufacturer would take some of that input at heart when coming out with its next product. But these days it's really starting to feel like the tide is turning, as companies start looking to user feedback earlier and earlier in the design process – just look at the extent to which Microsoft's been engaging with its user base as Windows 10 (and especially W10 Mobile) came to market. Now ...

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    ZTE is looking to blend into the background as far as its own brand goes and let its stars shine — it's somewhat the case with the Axon and Nubia brands already. The latter, by the way, is a full-blown subsidiary of ZTE that wants to expand its label into markets focused on premium handsets at a premium price (and thus, premium margins). Thanks in part to a recent infusion of about $300 million, Nubia shall try. The brand now has its own international website where it will soon sell its products direct to consumers. The site's in Chinese, English and Spanish right now with other ...

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    However you view ZTE as a brand, there's no denying it wants to improve upon and stretch it across the globe. How it did in the United States with the Axon, we don't know for certain. Competitors old and new will have their ways come CES time, though, so it might be a good idea to kick the hype machine into high gear. The Weibo page for the Nubia brand page is currently and simply promoting a new product for January 5. "Hello, World," the poster says, but that doesn't really back up claims that ZTE is planning to launch the Snapdragon 820-equipped Nubia Z11 in China and the US ...

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    In just a few short days, Pocketnow's CES crew will pack up their bags, hop on their flights, and start converging upon Las Vegas. We won't be the only ones headed out to the American Southwest, and companies from all over the world will similarly be flocking to Nevada to show off their latest hardware, services, and everything that goes with that. As we look forward to soaking it all in for ourselves, we thought we'd take a quick look around at the early announcements, the hottest rumors, and maybe even a long-shot or two as we share with you what's worth looking forward to from CES 2016. ...

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    We know what you're thinking or at least we can suspect it: this is a surprise. It is to us, too. We had our hands-on of this thing all the way back in July, for crying out loud! But since we had an opportunity after the litany of other devices — the good, the bad and the ugly — we got during the fall, we figured that we could set some perspective for one of the Chinese OEMs with intensified American ambitions going forward. ZTE beat its traditional manufacturer cohorts to the punch in this respect, commissioning a US design firm to give the Axon a signature look, a prestige the ...

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    Update: The podcast is available thru the player and Direct Download link below and on your podcast feeds from December 25 at 3:00pm Eastern. Have a very splendid holiday and we'll be back next week! You may have mentally checked out for the holidays, shoving a pile of "to-do" paperwork back into a shadowy corner, or said "so long" to exams and headed home from school on winter break, but the mobile electronic world keeps right on moving, and even with big launches right around the corner as the early-2016 expo season looms, there's been a heck of lot happening - and we're looking forward ...

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    While the Axon series pioneer looked mighty promising from the get-go, helping ZTE heighten its US brand awareness, little did we know it was supposed to lay the groundwork for a high-end Android family of roughly half a dozen products. The latest and, ZTE says, “final model” of the “high-powered Axon flagship series” seems to target a Chinese audience that works hard, but also plays hard. It’s dubbed Axon Max, it’s the largest of its kind, packs a phenomenal battery with fast-charging capabilities and several energy-saving modes, yet all in all, it’s not the world’s most ...

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    Did you score a hot deal on the ZTE Axon for Black Friday? The already affordable smartphone saw some big price breaks a few weeks back, and we wouldn't be surprised if more than a few of you picked one up at the time. If you're planning to give one as a gift, consider this a heads-up you can share with the lucky recipient, but if you treated yourself, we've got some news you'll personally be interested in, as ZTE shares word of a new update headed out to not only the Axon, but also the Axon Pro. Since these phones have quite a bit in common, we're not too surprised to learn that the ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft's latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend! Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we'll be getting the last word on it. We've gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by "we," it's not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950. You'll have your chance to nominate which ...

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    ZTE's been focusing its new Axon line of smartphones on its global front. While premium hardware with thoughtful design is kicking up the dust here, we continue to monitor the home scene for ZTE: China. And low-end devices are still selling a very health clip. Just ask Xiaomi or Letv. So, ZTE is throwing its own flame on the value fight with the ¥599 ($93.67 as of this post) Blade A1. There's very decent stuff for the price: [table] Component,Description Screen size,5 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,1280 x 720 Pixel density,294 ppi SoC,MediaTek MT6735 Type,Quad-core Speed,1.3GHz ...

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    Likely encouraged by the warm reception of US mobile consumers for the Axon line, China-based device maker ZTE is reportedly looking to further perk up its presence in the all-important, super-competitive Western market. Remember the recently rendered Nubia Z11? Of course you do, as it’s not every day that you get to check out such a handsome slab in pre-release form, complete with Samsung-style edges, and what seems like an aluminum unibody construction. This should follow in the footsteps of the Nubia Z9 and Z7, both of which targeted primarily Asian audiences. But ZTE’s very own ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    Update: Happy Black Friday! Listen to our podcast while you're on the floor of your local mall after having shopped 'til you dropped! Here in the US, Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and right after the turkey and tryptophan comes the crazy consumerism. To help you figure out what mobile tech to spend your money on this holiday season (whether it's for yourself or for a lucky family member), we're rounding up all the Black Friday mobile deals we could sift from the internet's tech trove. Then we're raiding Pocketnow's Listener Mail account – because it's almost the end of the ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    Yesterday we filled you in on what ZTE's got going for its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and whether you were after the budget-priced Zmax 2, the Spro 2 smart projector, or one of the company's Axon models, there were some solid savings to be found. The standard 32GB Axon normally goes for $330, and for this promotion ZTE's discounting the already affordable handset down to $280. Honestly, we'd be happy right there, but now Newegg's coming along with a price that puts even that deal to shame, lobbing another $80 off the phone's price. Head on over to Newegg's site and you can add ...

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    It seems only a short time ago that we were talking about the Nubia Z9. It seems now that we have gone into the letter-and-double-digits names for the Nubia brand. And in the process, it's taking a bold stance against copying Apple's design and has now decided to snag a few features from Samsung. We have some renders and rumors going on that the phone will be one of the first to sport the new Snapdragon 820 that will paired with 4GB of RAM and have a 128GB storage option. A 13-megapixel camera's on the back while the front comes in at a disappointing 2.1 megapixels. Below that selfie cam ...

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    Separating Black Friday from Cyber Monday deals is apparently a thing of the past, as more and more mobile device manufacturers and retailers aim to stay on the radars of bargain hunters for as long as possible with so-called “Cyber Week” sales. The latest Android OEM to kick off a slew of promos valid from today, November 23, through next Monday, November 30, is ZTE, which continues to spoil its growing US fanbase with unbelievable quality – pricing ratios. Case in point, the Zmax 2, recently launched on AT&T, and now available unlocked for $130 straight from the Chinese ...

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    It’s going to be extremely tricky for T-Mobile prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS to regain the trust of its millions of customers who recently risked personal data breaches, let alone recruit new followers. But a nice first step has been made, and until November 30, every Metro phone buyer automatically qualifies for a free second device. No strings attached, obviously no lengthy contracts involved, just a good old-fashioned BOGO (buy one get one) deal, where the complimentary phone must be cheaper or of equal value than the handheld you’ll actually pay for. Furthermore, the selection is ...

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    AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation. Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices. Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as ...

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    Is there any stopping to the expansion of the ambitious ZTE Axon gadget family? Not yet, as a lower-end but still impressive new 5.5-inch model joins the US and Chinese Quad HD Axons, the “international” 1,080p eye-scanning Axon Elite, the recently detailed Mini, and let’s not forget the Axon Watch. We could also be treated to a phablet-sized Axon Max soon, as well as a Surface Pro and iPad Pro-rivaling massive Axon tablet. For the time being, we should focus on the humblest, cheapest phone on the roster to date, priced at $330 stateside with a Full HD screen in tow, quad-core ...

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    One of the more popular trends to emerge in the US smartphone market lately has concerned how we pay for our phones. As carriers drop long-term contracts and subsidized pricing, it sure looked like customers might be in for a bit of sticker shock, forking out full price for their new hardware. But as it happened, both carriers and manufacturers were quick to step up with alternatives, namely in the form of device financing and leasing plans. Now yet another manufacturer is ready to introduce its own leasing arrangement, as ZTE announces its lease-to-own program. Here's how it works: when ...

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    In China, the number three is considered good luck as it is a homophone for the word "life." Shenzhen-based ZTE wants all the luck it can get as a new Nubia phone is on the way with plenty of expectations and rumors to hold up. The company's Nubia brand is celebrating its third anniversary by teasing what could possibly be the Nubia X8 that's due in three days — Thursday, October 15, if the math gets done. We have some leaked photos of the device — well, at least one siderail of the device — below, but take a look at this here poster, direct from the Nubia Weibo page. Apparently, ...

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