Posts tagged with: ZTE
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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    It’s hard enough to tell the difference between first-generation ZTE Axon, Axon Pro, Elite and Max editions without a sequel thrown in the mix, but by the looks of things, there’s only one second-gen model decidedly around the corner. While this is hardly a revolutionary device in terms of design, smoothening the original’s lines out, picking up a circular rear-fitted fingerprint scanner, and replacing the gimmicky 13 + 2MP Dual camera arrangement with a single 20-megapixel shooter, it also touts a major under-the-hood upgrade. Namely, a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a quad-core Kryo CPU ...

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    In case you haven’t checked your calendar… apps lately, April 19 came and went without so much as a hint regarding the rumored ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 Max announcements. The Nubia Z11 and Z11 Max are themselves oddly kept on the sidelines, with just the diminutive derivation unveiled, plus two new low-key Blade-series mid-rangers. But perhaps the X8 "delays" are for the best, allowing ZTE to polish and perfect at least three 6.4-inch models, including one that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Yes, we’re hearing whispers of a Nubia X8 or X8 Max “Ultimate” configuration now, ...

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    You can probably count the top 20 smartphone manufacturers that are yet to launch a flagship model this year on one hand, but ZTE is still in no rush to upgrade the Nubia Z9 and Z9 Max or refresh the Axon lineup. Instead, the Chinese OEM remains 100 percent focused on the low-cost, mid-range segment, where the Blade V7 Max and Blade A910 today follow in the footsteps of the very recently unveiled Nubia Z11 mini. With a 5.5-inch Full HD display, undetailed 1.8 GHz octa-core processor, and 3,000 mAh battery, the ZTE Blade V7 Max doesn’t immediately strike us as special or particularly ...

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    It’s not exactly customary for a diminutive derivation of a new flagship phone to go official before the “full-sized” model does, and several major Android OEMs have altogether renounced mini-hero devices. Not ZTE, though, or rather the Chinese company’s Nubia sub-brand, which proves big things can indeed come in small packages today, as promised. The Z11 mini foreshadows both the standard Z11 and Z11 max, unfortunately rehashing a number of Z9 mini specifications it couldn’t possibly upgrade at its sub-$250 price point. Nor can you justifiably show discontent over upper ...

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    While ZTE’s precise product release plans for the next few months remain decidedly under wraps, we know for sure at least a couple Nubia-branded Android phones are slated to go official in Beijing in exactly five days. One of these is likely a mini-flagship, which made us assume sequels for last year’s standard and diminutive Z9 were coming. But it’s also possible long overdue follow-ups for the 2014-launched Nubia X6 are in the works, with 5.5 and 6-inch screens in tow. Given the Tenaa-revealed footprints and display diagonals, we’re guessing the names will be ZTE Nubia X8 and X8 ...

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    ZTE seems to be doing with its Nubia sub-brand basically what Huawei’s been doing for Honor-labeled devices, as we patiently await the oft-rumored announcement and subsequent global launch of a Z11 trio. You may notice the most recent hint regarding an approaching Nubia Z11 presentation in Beijing contains no reference to the ZTE name, just a date, venue and tagline that roughly translates “Small world, big wonders.” Clearly, Nubia is alluding to the April 19 unveiling of both a small and big phone, as well as an even bigger one, we presume, dubbed Z11 Max. Or perhaps it’s only the ...

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    When will device manufacturers and mobile operators learn there are only two ways to go in terms of the operating system a phone has to use to become commercially successful? It’s either iOS, which of course isn’t an option for anyone but Apple, or Android. Down the line, Windows could be a decent alternative too… if Microsoft ever decides to take the platform seriously. Meanwhile, Samsung tried and tried and tried to get Tizen off the ground, BlackBerry should probably throw in the towel as far as its proprietary OS is concerned, and Sailfish and Firefox OS never stood a chance. ...

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    AnTuTu is a benchmarking tool that’s likely equal parts popular and controversial. Known to have been faked and duped more than once in the past, the mobile device performance-measuring app is still widely used by consumers, reviewers and sometimes manufacturers eager to prove their babies are the best of the best. Unfortunately, its latest update, to version 6.0, seems to have again made way for score manipulation or at least erratic and inconsistent results across very similar phones. The Xiaomi Mi 5, for instance, was reported to yield anywhere between 130,000 and 180K points, the ...

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    There are Pro and non-Pro ZTE Axon configurations available nowadays both stateside and elsewhere, some of which have recently received OTA Android Marshmallow updates. Then there’s the purported next generation of fairly inexpensive flagships, likely powered by Snapdragon 820 processors. But if you’re keener on saving a buck (or a couple hundred) than owning the absolute best phone in the world, waiting is futile. You will never encounter a better ZTE Axon deal than the one currently live on eBay. Once upon a time listed at $330, and sold by the manufacturer itself for $250 these ...

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    Who are the biggest smartphone companies around? Samsung? Absolutely. Apple? Here in the US, sure. But move just a few more rungs further down that ladder, and you start running into some surprising names. Chinese firms have been steadily increasing their presence in multiple markets, and in the States we've seen ZTE rise to an impressive fourth-place showing. While that's had things looking up for the manufacturer's mobile stature, earlier this month ZTE's fortunes hit a speed bump as the Commerce Department slapped the company with export restrictions due to allegations of working to ...

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    Despite the "A2017" moniker, we should expect ZTE to produce this phone well before next year comes to pass. At least, if business continues on the way it has been. While we have seen the Axon Pro listed as the A1P, ZTE has also named a China-destined Axon with a fingerprint sensor the A2015. The Axon Elite that came out during the fall was marked down as the A2016. But those two phone weren't exactly intended for the US market, so it leaves us wondering if we'll have to catch a different codename for that business. But "ZTE A2017" is going to be the name we have to work with as we find ...

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    American sanctions may have lightened up on Iran as the country continues to wind off nuclear production of potentially fissile material, but the Commerce Department is ready to tack on a major penalty to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. The department plans on beginning export restrictions on all of ZTE's global suppliers which will make it nearly impossible for them to ship any US-made parts to the Shenzhen-based manufacturer, according to documents as obtained by Reuters. The company can appeal the decision which will go in effect on Tuesday. ZTE was made aware of the ...

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    As one of China’s most respected mobile device manufacturers, ZTE should have probably gathered the courage to properly tackle the US smartphone market years ago. Better late than never, though, as starting last summer, American Android power users on a tight budget were treated to the Axon Pro. Initially priced at $400 unlocked, and currently available for as little as $330 on Amazon, the Quad HD/Snapdragon 810/4GB RAM beast needed just one more thing to become truly irresistible. And now, that very thing can be easily downloaded and installed over-the-air. We mean of course 6.0 ...

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    Normally, the modifier "Lite" denotes that a device lacks something the original version of the device has. Be it in dimensions or in features, the Lite version just doesn't have it — a Lite version doesn't normally add features. ZTE cut the trend at MWC with the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite. Take a look at the table below and you'll notice some funny differences going on. [table] Component,Blade V7,Blade V7 Lite Screen size,5.2 inches,5 inches Screen type,LCD,LCD Resolution,1920 x 1080,1280 x 720 Pixel density,424 ppi,294 ppi SoC,MediaTek MT6753,MediaTek MT6735P ...

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    Jaime Rivera praised the ZTE Spro 2, an Android device that had an on-board screen as well as a auto keystoning projector. It looks like the product line was compelling enough to customers — up to 500,000 of them between the first two models — and to the company to update it with the Spro Plus. The comparatively larger and more "professional" device sports an 8.4-inch quad HD AMOLED on-body display, two four-watt speakers enhanced with Harman Sound with Dolby, microphones that can register voice input from 5 meters away and has Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, GPS and (if you elect for the right ...

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    This coming Sunday is going to be one heck of a busy day. Still one day before Mobile World Congress 2016 officially gets started, it's the day we're looking forward to for some of the biggest hardware launches of the season. That means announcements from Samsung, LG, and as we shared with you earlier this week, ZTE. But while we have a pretty solid grasp on what to expect from Samsung and LG, it's been much more difficult to piece together exactly what ZTE plans to show off. We're still in search of details, but the company's latest MWC teaser at least helps us confirm what was previously ...

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    If you had hoped Android Pay would bring harmony and ubiquity in an otherwise deeply fragmented mobile ecosystem, there’s bad news to report out of China, with the nation’s leading smartphone manufacturers purportedly intent on taking Apple and Samsung on as far as digital wallet platforms are concerned. It’s unclear whether the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE will join forces to provide a single alternative for rapidly rising Apple Pay and Samsung Pay services, as well as established local solutions from WeChat and Alibaba, or each go their own way and flood the market with a bunch ...

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    Are you a smartphone manufacturer coming to MWC in Barcelona next week? Do you want to get your new product out in the public eye before it's lost in the noise of the week's ongoing showcase? What you want to do, see, is throw yourself a press event a press event the day before MWC 2016 formally gets started on next Monday, February 22. That's why we've seen some of the biggest players in the business lining up to beat the crowds with February 21 announcements: LG, Samsung, and now ZTE, as the Chinese firm gears up for some MWC news of its own. ZTE hasn't been shying away from early-year ...

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    With MWC just over a week away, and new flagship models perched up on the horizon, carriers are about to start seeing a lot of new faces joining their smartphone lineups. But even before all those new players arrive, we're seeing some fresh handsets joining the ranks at carriers like T-Mobile, which earlier today we learned is picking up the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10 Mobile. That's not the only affordable new phone landing in the company's stores, as word arrives that it's being joined by the similarly budget-priced LG K7, as well as a new wireless hotspot offering from ...

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    The net neutrality controversy surrounding the recently launched Binge On service is far from over, and some of you may understandably be opposed to the way T-Mobile is advertising its service at the expense of the competition. But everybody likes free money, and that’s what the “Uncarrier” is currently offering its new prepaid clients to make amends for any false moves. Technically, free phones is what you’re looking at, but outside T-Mo’s promo, they’re worth a little dough, so it’s like you’re getting free money. All you need to do is join a Simply Prepaid plan starting ...

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    CES 2016 may not have given us much in the way of high-end, really appealing flagship devices, but for manufacturers looking to flesh out their lineups with some new affordable options, there were plenty of opportunities to showcase new gear. ZTE did just that with some of its new offerings, bringing out both the Avid Plus and Grand X 3. Today we're taking a closer look at the latter as Cricket begins sales. When we checked in with the Grand X 3 back at CES, official carrier pricing wasn't final, but today we can confirm that Cricket is selling the handset for just about $130. For that ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    ZTE-subsidiary Nubia has a brand new global website featuring a very puzzling smartphone called "My Prague." It was imaged upon the Czech capital's preponderance of creativity that's renowned throughout circles of high culture. Nubia is introducing its sequel to its My Prague handset, but this time around, there's no Prague for you. It's just the Prague S now. While the Prague S can be pegged as one of the mid-ranger class in 2016 with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, it does sport a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. Storage comes in at 64GB with 3GB of RAM. The small 2,200mAh ...

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    It'll take a bit of time before we see that Nubia Z11 that everyone seems to be looking forward to this year. But until we get a little more something something than just the front panel, we're not really up for it just yet. But as ZTE subsidiary Nubia wants to keep the counter up on devices, it'll be doing just that next week. Specifically, we're looking forward to what might be known in English as the My Prague S, a step up from last August's My Prague phone. The capital of the Czech Republic, being one of the art capitals of the world, has been exploited for branding the My Prague as a ...

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