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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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    Sometimes a manufacturer is so fond of its latest hardware that a single launch event isn't enough, and the company wants to swing back around over and over to make sure the world is properly acquainted with its new offerings; we saw ZTE first introduce the Axon Mini and Axon Watch all the way back in July, and today the manufacturer was right back at it, bringing the pair out to show them off again, while also introducing a Premium Edition of the former. And while it was nice to pick up some additional details there, these aren't the only devices ZTE's been talking about, and we also ...

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    You may not remember this, but technically, the Huawei Mate S wasn’t the world’s first phone to go official with a type of Force Touch or 3D Touch-similar technology. Back in July, ZTE expanded the Axon from US to China, also taking the wraps off the Axon Watch, plus the pressure-sensitive screen-equipped Axon mini. In the meantime, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus started their global invasion, so we predictably forgot all about the diminutive Android handheld ZTE refused to specify upon its formal announcement. Now, at long last, the Axon mini is (nearly) ready for primetime, ...

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    Many Chinese device producers have been accused of shamelessly imitating the external appearance of popular Western gadgets to trick inexperienced consumers, or simply score free publicity and awareness for otherwise lackluster smartphones. But one-on-one replicas of iPhones or Samsung Galaxy S-series flagships are never manufactured by reputable local companies like Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, or Meizu. Still, we can easily remember instances when all names on that list were implicated in scandals pertaining to subtler inspiration from industry veterans. Huawei finds itself in the midst of such ...

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    No need to be jealous, you northern Americans. While there's been just as much spec-hype about the Axon Elite as there has been for the Axon Pro, we're looking at a device with lesser capabilities in this case (though if you want to get mad about something, there are some enticing permutations of the Axon for China to beat out both of them). The Snapdragon 810-powered Axon Elite that we saw at IFA 2015 is now on the French, Italian, Spanish, UK and global sites (excluding the US and Canada) for eBay with prices coming to either 419.99 EUR, 299.99 GBP or 469.99 USD. If you're from those ...

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    This year's brought us more reasons to be excited about ZTE smartphones than ever before, with the launch of high-profile devices aimed at new markets like the Axon here in the States. In addition to higher-end handsets like that, we also see ZTE soldier on with more super-affordable options, like the Zmax 2 we just learned is coming to AT&T. So while ZTE may have its phone game covered, what about form factors like tablets? So far there haven't been a ton of models to consider, and those we've seen – models like the old Optik – didn't have a ton going for them in the spec ...

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    The recently launched Axon might be ZTE’s most serious attempt yet at cracking the high-end US smartphone market, but as far as entry-level, budget-friendly handhelds go, the Chinese manufacturer has left its mark on the American mobile landscape numerous times in past years. Much like neighbor and arch-rival Huawei, ZTE tends to enter exclusive partnerships with US carriers, often renouncing its branding for AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint to make the solid low-cost propositions their own. Last fall, T-Mobile was the only operator to pick up the gigantic Zmax, and after just roughly seven ...

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    The highly ingenious dual-screened YotaPhone, and especially the YotaPhone 2 made quite a splash at various technology expos and trade fairs, but outside of that closed circuit, it was unfortunately very difficult for actual mobile enthusiasts to get their hands on the unique Androids. Crowdfunded for a long overdue US bow earlier this year, the YotaPhone 2 never broke the Asian and European barriers, despite first showing up on stage at MWC in February 2014. It’s obviously too late now for the second-gen to pursue its American dream, even if its Russian makers were to find local ...

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    Cars these days are available loaded with more tech than ever before, as we see through growing support for interfaces like Android Auto and Apple Car Play. But for those of us still making do with older vehicles, getting access to modern tech means add-ons: GPS receivers, phone mounts, dash cams, and all manner of other devices, including cell-connected WiFi hotspots. The problem's been that hooking all these gadgets up can quickly leave your car looking like a mess of tangled wires, all fighting for limited access to never-quite-convenient cigarette-lighter power outlets (or maybe USB if ...

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    It might as well have been a bar. Or a dance club. Full of EDM, feathers and psychotic playhouses. Really, when you walk into the Messe Berlin around this time of year, you should expect and receive everything. Buzzed-about wearables from Huawei and Samsung made their ways to the fray. Sony wore its Xperia lineage with its sixth coat of paint. ZTE splashed more of its truer colors onto the newest Axon smartphone. And then the trunk of the show irreparably branches into something else. We'll enjoy the climb as we head inside Mobilegeeks.de's tech.lounge at IFA 2015 and join hosts Sascha ...

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    The ZTE Axon may represent the company's big effort to make a name for itself in the US market, but despite the manufacturer's custom-made-for-the-US claims, it quickly became apparent that ZTE had international ambitions for this hardware. First we saw China get its own version of the Axon, and this week at IFA ZTE introduced the new Axon Elite, getting ready to come to markets around the globe. The Axon Elite isn't quite the same Axon we saw launch in the US, and like that Chinese edition, ZTE makes a few hardware changes. Those include a more conservative screen resolution and cuts to ...

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    It’s ZTE’s turn to shine at IFA 2015 in Berlin, and as expected, the Chinese device manufacturer has traveled to one of Europe’s biggest consumer electronics trade shows with some distinctly familiar gear. The Axon, or Axon Pro phone is up for grabs in the OEM’s homeland, plus the US already, and starting September 24, it shall further spread its wings on the old continent. This time branded Axon Elite, the premium 5.5-inch Android is actually less “elite” than the American and especially Chinese versions. Granted, it offers no less than three different biometric authentication ...

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    After trying (and mostly succeeding) to win the hearts of US Android power users with the relatively inexpensive Axon phone, China-based gadget manufacturer ZTE is reportedly prepping a big push for European mobile consumers. According to official company statements, “devices from the four product lines that we will be focusing on globally” are to be showcased at the IFA trade show next week in Berlin. The four families of course include the Axon and Nubia, but also the slightly lesser known Blade and outright rare Spro. It’s going to be interesting to see which Axon variant shall ...

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    If the launch of the ZTE Blade S6 passed you by without managing to grab your attention, we wouldn't necessarily blame you: the 5.0-inch Android landed with some pretty typical mid-range specs (later joined by a 5.5-inch phablet-sized "Plus" option), though it did manage to arrive with a budget-friendly price tag. So why are we bringing this guy back up today? ZTE is in the middle of delivering a software update to the Blade S6 that give the phone a next-gen feature that's so far been lacking from even much more premium handsets, letting users unlock their phones with an iris scan. The ZTE ...

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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    Do you know where your smartphone's been? Actually, maybe you know all too well, having left your handset on all manner of grimy tables, sticky counters, or other surfaces of questionable character. Or maybe you turn your back for just a moment and your cousin's four-year-old suddenly has his unwashed playground hands all over your unattended phone. But now you can take comfort knowing that even if your smartphone's been in some gross situations, you won't be suffering as a result, as we get word of the first handset protected by new antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. Beyond offering the usual ...

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    Back in the early days of 2014, ZTE introduced its Boost Max Android smartphone for – who else – Boost Mobile. The mid-ranger wasn't the most affordable phone we'd ever seen, nor the best-equipped, but it did stand out thanks to one key feature: a killer battery life thanks to marrying those middle-of-the-road specs with a phablet-sized 3200mAh battery. These days the Axon may be ZTE's big bet in the States, but it's not done with the Boost Max family just yet, and today introduces the follow-up Boost Max+. The specs are a bit of a mixed bag, some taking bigger steps forward than ...

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    Last week we saw ZTE introduce its Axon phone, a smartphone launch notable not just for the hardware it brought to market, but for the way the manufacturer went about doing so: rather then tackle US smartphone sales with some re-hash of an existing model, ZTE elected to give America its own phone, and a big part of its Axon launch was emphasizing the “designed in the US, for the US” aspect of it. That may well be true, but a recent entry over at China's TENAA (more or less the country's FCC) reveals that the nation sure appears to be getting its own edition of the Axon, and one that ...

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    ZTE isn't messing around when it comes to the US smartphone market, and earlier this week the manufacturer made its battle plan official, announcing the all-new Axon handset. With top-shelf specs ranging from its quad HD screen, to Snapdragon 810 SoC, to all the RAM you could possibly hope to use, there's a lot to love here, and that's just on the hardware side. ZTE also makes some smart calls with software, not bogging the phone down with a bloated skin. Understandably, we're looking forward to the Axon's retail debut later this month. You can pre-order the Axon now for just about $450, ...

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    Update: Warning - peaking audio levels at the beginning and end of this podcast. Enjoy! Yo dudes. This week was gnar, dudes. First we get word from Commodore that they're (sorta) back and they've got a fleshtone phone to prove it. Then we hear that some kind of modern-day Iron Man is building a phone out of a material called "liquidmorphium." Then we go hands-on with an all-metal, super-stylized ZTE phone, before hearing that Samsung's new smartwatch is gonna have a digital crown and a rotating bezel control. And that's not even half of the geekgasm that was this week in mobile tech. All ...

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    Is that brand-new Axon not giving you the ZTE smartphone fix you're looking for? Well, ZTE may have something else you'd find yourself interested in. The company has announced today a new mid-range offering, the ZTE Blade D6. The Blade D6, unlike the Axon, is destined for more than just a US launch. It'll be positioned as a phone ready to go international, especially since it's likely going to be a fairly affordable device, too (ZTE Blade devices are usually very mid-range and affordable – but we have no way of knowing about this particular phone since pricing details aren't available ...

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    Anyone accusing modern smartphones of being dull probably needs his eyes examined. With phones like the extravagant Galaxy S6 edge, the curvaceous LG G4 and the precision-machined HTC One M9 on store shelves, we seem in the midst of a golden age of Android smartphone design. But here's the thing: all of those are mainstream smartphones. Big-name manufacturers on big-deal wireless carriers, covered to death by big-time publications. You see these phones on the street, on the bus, and dangling from your friends' pockets and purses. They're great, sure, but they're so damn commonplace. ...

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    From what we already knew leading up to today's launch event, the Axon phone was sure promising to be an intriguing piece of hardware, but we didn't have the full picture on just what to expect from this new ZTE US flagship until a few hours ago. What we learned proved to only have the handset become that much more appealing, matching some top-tier specs with a price that any smartphone fan can appreciate. But the Axon is more than just a quad HD screen, Snapdragon 810 SoC, and the sort of 4GB RAM capacity that practically demands, “throw ALL your apps at me.” ZTE has also given the ...

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    ZTE's brand new Axon phone isn't just the company's first flagship smartphone designed with the US market in mind: it's also a nice piece of hardware in its own right, one made all the more attractive by its relatively affordable $450 off-contract price tag. While a number of the phone's technical details were released in advance of today's launch event - components like the dual-rear-camera design that allows the Axon to quickly focus and shoot 4K video at 30fps - the complete picture is only now being revealed. With a fast Snapdragon 810 SoC, tons of RAM, and a big high-res screen, ...

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