Posts tagged with: ZTE
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    Right now, your top-of-the-line smartphone is going to max out at having 3GB of RAM. And really, despite a couple high-profile Androids launching with such expansive memory at their disposal, the adoption of 3GB has been incredibly slow - far slower than we saw 2GB catch on. Is that because we don't really need 3GB of RAM just yet? Well, a little thing like that never stopped the tide of progress, and there's a chance that the first 4GB RAM smartphone could be just around the corner. We've been thinking about 4GB of RAM in smartphones since last year. At first, it was just general “the ...

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    Today is unquestionably HTC's: no matter how sales of the new One (M8) end up doing, today the M8 stands alone in the spotlight. Still, in spite of all the attention the new One is getting, another manufacturer dares to compete for a spot in the headlines next to HTC, and ZTE this morning unveiled its own latest Android, the 6.44-inch Nubia X6 phablet. Rumors suggested that ZTE might take advantage of that big screen size by giving the X6 a quad HD display; ultimately, that's not what we get here today, and the X6 will instead have a 1080p panel. The phone's powered by a Snapdragon 801 ...

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    There was no flagship at HTC's MWC 2014 event -- just the Desire 816 -- and there was no flagship at ZTE's booth either. We know HTC is preparing the 2013 One flagship follow-up for March 25, but, apparently, ZTE has selected the same day for its Nubia X6 launch, according to the image above. The event will take place on the same day as HTC's All New HTC One (tentative name) announcement, but in Beijing. The phablet is expected to have a larger-than-six-inch display with possibly QHD/2K resolution (though Full HD is mentioned in other leaks), and a 13/16MP camera, depending on which ...

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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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    Technically speaking, the ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini is already getting a little old, having first gone official all the way back in November. Just because it was available in China, though, didn't mean that we had enjoyed the opportunity to get familiar with it yet, so at the MWC this week we tracked down one of the handsets, looking to finally get some first-hand experiences with the mid-range Android. Sure, mid-range can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but the Z5S Mini is thankfully towards the top of that class, with specs like a 4.7-inch 720p display and 2GB of ...

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    If you asked me last year if I would have ever considered using a ZTE smartphone as my daily driver, I probably would have chuckled, realized you might actually be serious, then answered with a solid, "No." It's not that ZTE is a bad manufacturer. But it has never been known for high-end flagship smartphones, something I'm admittedly a sucker for. Instead, ZTE is globally known for its prepaid and budget smartphone offerings. In fact, as recent as one year ago, ZTE was in a close fight for the position as third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. It has since been surpassed by ...

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    ZTE's new Grand Memo II LTE is one crazy thin smartphone. Is it the thinnest ever? Not by a long shot (well, in a crazy world where "long shots" measure in the millimeters); even back last year we were already hearing about phones coming in short of the six millimeter mark, and the Grand Memo II LTE is more like 7.2mm thick. That said, it's also got a big 6.2-inch display and 3200mAh battery, so maybe we should be cutting the handset a little slack. This week at the MWC in Barcelona we got the chance to stop by ZTE's exhibit and get some hands-on time with the Grand Memo II LTE. We check ...

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    ZTE today announced the newest handset in its Android phablet line, the Grand Memo II LTE. The new device follows in the footsteps of last year's Grand Memo LTE, mating a 6-inch IPS display with a 3200 mAh battery and squeezing it all into a frame just 7.2mm thick. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset (MSM8926, the quad-core version with the Adreno 305) backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, with a 13MP Sony BSI camera around back and a 5MP unit up front. That hardware is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with version 2.3 of ZTE's MiFavor UI running on top. According to ZTE, ...

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    When Microsoft announced its intention to absorb Nokia's devices and services group last year, many wondered what effect the $7.2B acquisition would have on the company's relationship with its Windows Phone hardware partners. It's a sensible question (how can a company endorse partners' hardware while also building its own?) and it's one Microsoft addressed directly on its Windows Phone blog. Today, Microsoft has backed up its commitment to Windows Phone diversity by announcing nine new hardware partners for its mobile OS. The list of vendors is largely made up of Chinese and Indian ...

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    Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days' worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous. We've got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware. There's ...

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    MWC 2014 is already upon us, with Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera hitting the ground in Barcelona just as this podcast goes under the mic, and we're here to bring you mobile mavens all the pre-show rumor and speculation that you've come to expect. But there's also plenty of news of the non-Mobile World Congress variety, from the endless leaks focusing on the "All-New HTC One" to speculation surrounding the Galaxy S 5 launch date - and we'll be spending plenty of time on that, too. Plus, Taylor Martin has finally spent enough time with his suitcase-coddled Lumia Icon to develop some ...

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    ZTE has never been a strong smartphone competitor here in the States, but it aims to change that in 2014. Our own Jaime Rivera reviewed the Nubia 5 back in December, and he was rather smitten with the unlocked device from ZTE. The real question is: can ZTE keep building the momentum with quality devices for the US market? That's at least the plan with the Boost MAX on the Sprint MVNO Boost Mobile. It wants to provide a sufficient competitor to oversized devices like the Galaxy Note 3 for substantially less. With the exception of Samsung's Galaxy Mega series, every so-called phablet to date ...

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    ZTE showed up to CES 2014 with a nice selection of devices in tow, including the Grand S II and Iconic Phablet (which we later looked at as the Boost MAX). We knew a lot about what to expect back then, thanks to the company announcing much of its hardware the week before CES got started. With MWC getting underway next week, ZTE is back to its old habits, and today reveals just what sort of spread it intends to put out for us. The highlight sounds like it might be the Grand Memo II LTE, another six-inch phablet with an “ultra slim” design; you might recall that we got to check out the ...

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    So much of our Tizen coverage is focused on Samsung that's it's easy to forget that this is not some one-man show. Up front, we've got Samsung and Intel in the lead, but there are a number of other companies involved as members and partners of the Tizen Association. Those include OEMs like Huawei, as well as carriers and software firms. This week, a whole bunch of new names join the effort, including a couple you should recognize. Out of the 15 new Tizen Association members, the most interesting may be ZTE. Along with Huawei, it represents one of the more prominent OEMs to get involved ...

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    At launch, the Moto G was groundbreaking. It's an Android-powered budget phone that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out and punch innocent, living beings. And today, alongside the Lumia 520, it's one of the best bargains in the mobile space. Period. However, as per the norm, competitors will come along. The first to do so in the budget phablet space is ZTE. The Iconic Phablet we saw at CES has manifested as the Boost MAX for Boost Mobile here in the United States. For $299 with a ridiculously cheap prepaid plan (only $35 per month with the current promotion), it's not quite a cheap ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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