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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    (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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and its recent processor upgrade. ZTE is next as the company has already laid out their plans for CES 2014. LG follows the news as their G Flex now appears in renders for AT&T and T-Mobile. Samsung follows the news as we've got some odd rumors of the Google Nexus 10 update to land at CES 2014. We end today's show talking about the HTC M8, which is the successor to the HTC One, and the rumors of interchangeable lenses coming with the phone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Surface Pro 2 receives ...

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    ZTE is one of those manufacturers that sees quite strong sales on a global level, but fails to really assert itself in our minds as a smartphone heavyweight. Still, we've been paying more attention to it lately, going hands-on with the Nubia 5, and hearing about some of the rumored next steps for the company, like its own smartwatch. With CES at the front of everyone's minds, companies are getting early starts on announcing their new lineups, and today ZTE shares its CES roster, including that rumored smartwatch. The ZTE BlueWatch will integrate a pedometer and connect over Bluetooth, and ...

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    One of the biggest questions facing Microsoft and the future of Windows Phone is what shape the platform's landscape will take as Lumia phones become Microsoft-made; will other OEMs dare to compete? While we've seen evidence that some are sticking around, and heard outright assurances from others, there's still been this sense that healthy competition is drying up, rather than growing. Is there any hope for some fresh blood? According to the latest rumors, there just might be, as we hear that Microsoft's courting Sony to develop Windows Phone 8 hardware. While Sony appears to have dabbled ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    2013 has been an interesting year, and that's mainly because OEMs have begun to believe in the unlocked smartphone for the United States. Now don't get me wrong, unlocked smartphones have always existed, but they were either too expensive, or too underpowered to make a positive dent in the US market. Once you compared them against their subsidized competitors, it was really pointless to buy one. It seems that the new trend is for these devices to become more than just an option in a store shelf, and one of the companies that has decided to compete in the US under this model is ZTE with ...

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    We weren't planning on filming an unboxing of the ZTE Nubia 5 because it has been out for a while, and the package took a long time to get here. Still, as we received this package at customs and opened the shipping box to make sure that everything was complete, we were frankly shocked. It would've been incorrect to deprive ZTE of the honor of filming a video of their unboxing experience, and that's mainly because they did a fabulous job at it. I'll admit I missed an experience like this. Lately companies have lost touch in how important the unboxing experience is for any product that you ...

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    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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    Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at this year's IFA in Berlin, and, despite mixed reviews, the gadget became a trendsetter, even if it came relatively late to the market, compared to other solutions offered by Pebble, for instance. Apple has been long rumored to prepare a smartwatch, just like Google, but other OEMs also want to be part of the game. The Wall Street Journal quotes Lu Qianhao, head of Shenzhen-based ZTE’s handset marketing strategy, and reports that a ZTE smartwatch could be announced in Q1, and released in the second quarter of next year. Said ZTE smartwatch ...

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    Mozilla's Firefox OS often finds itself mentioned in the same sentence as platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch, but unlike those systems, where we're still waiting to see how the smartphone-buying public will respond, Firefox OS is already out there. This year saw the start of sales for devices like the ZTE Open, and while modest, ZTE is apparently happy enough that it plans to move forward, sharing news of a more powerful Firefox OS smartphone due next year. While none of the first generation of Firefox phones really screamed "high-end," the ZTE Open was one of the worse equipped ...

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    Remember the ZTE Nubia Z5? We'll forgive you if you don't, this being ZTE and all, but the phone was notable for a few reasons. For one, it was among the few full-HD devices to premiere in 2012, launching with a five-inch 1080p display. Now a render of a new "mini" version of the phone has leaked, and we can't help but wonder if the word is starting to lose a bit of its meaning. With a five-inch Nubia Z5, what would you expect from the Nubia Z5 Mini? A 4.3-inch screen? Maybe a compact 4-incher? Nope. The Z5 Mini is supposed to have a 4.7-inch 720p display. We realize we need to keep things ...

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    Geeksphone may have gotten the ball rolling for Firefox OS with its developer preview hardware, but when it comes to proper commercial retail hardware, ZTE will be the first to introduce many users to the platform, in the form of its ZTE Open. While curious to see how the OS will fare, we've been a little down on the Open itself (like many of these other early FFOS phones) due to its seriously low-end hardware. Now, that's not necessarily saying that the phone won't be up to the task, but ZTE would sure need to give the handset a price tag to match its stature. Thankfully, it look like ...

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    Ready to add a little diversity to your smartphone choices? We're starting to see a new breed of platforms get ready for commercial launches this year, and Mozilla's Firefox OS sure sounds like one of the more ambitious. It's already attracted interest from a number of OEMs, and quite a few handsets have been formally announced. Today, one of those early ones sees the publication of its FCC paperwork as it gets ready to go up for sale. ZTE announced its Open back at the Mobile World Congress, and while – like so many of these first-round Firefox OS phones – it's a bit underpowered ...

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    Google Edition, Nexus Edition – call them what you will, but we're just about to see the start of an interesting new experiment come out of Mountain View. With Samsung's Galaxy S 4 and HTC's One, Google is creating a market for the sale of high-profile commercial smartphones running the same stock Android software we enjoy on the company's own Nexus lineup. Now, chances are neither of these models are going to register very highly with your average smartphone buyer – the one who calls all Androids "Galaxy" – but for anyone who actually cares about phones, this is a big deal. After ...

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    Last year we've seen the Grand X 2 In, with its LTE version, from ZTE, and today, the Chinese phone maker announces the Grand X 2. Being unveiled at MePI conference in Monaco, the Grand X 2 In is powered by Intel's Atom Z2580 processor, clocking at speeds of up to 2GHz. Other specs include a 4.5-inch HD display with 1280 × 720 resolution, an eight-megapixel main shooter, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of Internal Storage (expandable via microSD card to up to 32GB), all powered by a 2,000 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean (version number not included in the press release). The phone will be ...

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    At the core of every smartphone, phablet, tablet, computer, or piece of electronic equipment is a processor. Processors aren't as simple as a single chip anymore. The processor inside mobile devices today is what's called a "System on a chip", or SoC for short. This SoC includes a lot of "processors". Some handle video, some handle traditional "CPU" tasks. Others take care of your cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios. Still more process audio, and others monitor and handle the vast array of sensors that are tucked away snugly inside modern phones and tablets. Each SoC has its advantages ...

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