Posts tagged with: ZTE
  • by | April 10, 2013 2:40 PM

    Time was, having a smartphone - or before that, a PDA - made you a geek. Attitudes have shifted dramatically over the years, and mobile electronics have seriously taken over the mainstream. In 2013, the geek may no longer be the user carrying around the smartphone, but the phone itself, upon the announcement of the ZTE Geek. A phone calling itself the Geek sure better have some serious hardware under its hood in order to earn its nerd cred. To that end, ZTE has hooked the Geek up with one of Intel's new Clover Trail+ chips, the 2GHz dual-core Intel Z2580. We've been seeing an increase in ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 8:00 PM

    Man, have I ever got a bad feeling about Firefox OS hardware. I've been in this game long enough to know not to be blinded by specs, and appreciate what a difference the platform can make; just look at Windows Phone, which has done admirably well with hardware that's a solid generation behind Android. I can also appreciate that Firefox OS is looking to launch in markets where cost is going to be a big deal, and that's more true than ever when we're talking about a largely unknown, unproven platform. Still, I am all sorts of concerned with the kind of hardware we've been seeing, and worry ...

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  • by | March 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 7:53 PM

    Technically, the Mobile World Congress may finish-up tomorrow, but with all the big smartphone and tablet events over, we're calling it a wrap. We've had a great time the past several days bringing you news of all the new hardware and software companies came to the event to promote, and as we now begin to recuperate and get back to business as usual, we wanted to take a look back on MWC 2013 and everything it brought us. The week leading up to the MWC was filled with rumors, as we should expect, and while some played out, others fell flat on their faces. LG really got things started early, ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 5:57 PM

    We think it's pretty fair to say that MWC 2013 was one part IFA and one part CES: a few stark disappointments peppered among some really amazing stuff. We've seen technology this week ranging from the incredible to the absurd - from the third iteration of ASUS's wild Padfone concept to the improbable debut of a Kyocera Echo lookalike. The big guys have come out to play, too, but they're a little shy this time around: neither Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 nor Nokia's midrange Lumias blew the roof off the joint. Even a few has-beens came out to confuse us with their wares, some of which will be ...

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  • by | February 25, 2013 11:49 AM

    Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the gold standard when it comes to phablets, so of course we had to compare it against ZTE's new 5.7-incher, the Grand Memo. While the Grand Memo's screen isn't that much bigger than the Note II's the handset itself is noticeably taller. ZTE goes with a higher-resolution camera than the Note II's, but you pay for that with a much larger camera bulge. ZTE may get around to releasing a stylus, but even if it does, it won't have the high-precision Wacom digitizer used by the Note II, nor will there be a convenient place to store it on the phone itself.

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  • by | February 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    We've been itching to get our hands on Firefox OS for a while now, and thanks to the ZTE Open at the Mobile World Congress, we finally got a chance to take it for a spin. As shouldn't be that surprising, it feels like a mix of ideas from a lot of mobile platforms. While connection problems kept us from diving too deep into apps, we took a quick walk through the phone's home screen, checking out notifications and its universal search feature. We'll be spending more time with Firefox OS in the future, but here's a quick look for now:

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  • by | February 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    Intrigued by ZTE's just-announced Grand Memo, the 5.7-inch phablet we just told you about? We went hands-on with the Android to let you know just what to expect. Again, we're looking at a 720p model with a Snapdragon S4, after hearing about 1080p and a Snapdragon 800 during the announcement itself – clearly, ZTE has its signals crossed somewhere. While it's no Huawei Ascend Mate, the Memo is definitely a handful. Take a look below to get a quick look at ZTE's UI and some of the software.

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  • by | February 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    The cat may be out of the bag for the ZTE Open, the company's first Firefox OS smartphone, but that's not the only thing ZTE came to the Mobile World Congress to show off. To get the full scoop on the Open, as well as learn about the company’s other new hardware, our attention turns to the company's MWC press event this morning. First up, ZTE announced the Grand Memo, its new Android phablet. While earlier reports from the MWC gave the Grand Memo a 5.7-inch 720p screen, just a tad larger than the Note II or Optimus G Pro, the company is now saying it will be a 1080p display; perhaps ...

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  • by | February 24, 2013 1:21 PM

    Recently, all of our Firefox OS news has looked at the first hardware on which the platform will be available, but at today's MWC event, Mozilla had some time to more broadly talk about its operating system, the philosophy behind it, and what we can expect as it starts its global roll-out. We just mentioned the European launch, but initial availability will also include Central and South America; all told, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela will be included in the first wave. We've heard about ZTE's and Alcatel's Firefox OS offerings, and ...

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  • by | February 23, 2013 2:24 PM

    Last month we got word of the first two smartphones announced for the upcoming Firefox OS, a pair of low-end models from GeeksPhone. Today at the MWC, a new Firefox phone has been revealed, and this time from a bit more well-known of a manufacturer. The ZTE Open will be the company's first Firefox OS model, but like those GeeksPhone handsets, it's definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. While it can be difficult to get excited about models like this, we're still intrigued to be seeing a new platform arrive, and if ZTE can manage to make this phone super-cheap in the process, it might ...

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  • by | February 21, 2013 6:44 PM

    Earlier this month, we heard that NVIDIA was running into problems getting companies interested in using its new Tegra 4 chips in their smartphones and tablets. More recently, we learned that the first of these SoCs would be made available to interested manufacturers in Q2 2013, but still didn't have a solid read on just who (besides NVIDIA itself) was interested in using them. We heard that ASUS might be a possibility, but today we get our first real confirmed OEM, with ZTE announcing plans to create phones built around Tegra 4 chips. These quad-core A15-based phones could be out even ...

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  • by | February 1, 2013 3:22 PM

    One man returns from a mission to Canada, and is greeted by friends. Friends with questions, observations, and inflammatory declarations about the future of a very special smartphone. A smartphone called BlackBerry. Yes, it's a special edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, covering all the ups, downs, and all-arounds of the new Research in Motion BlackBerry smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the sleek black slab of potential it's riding on, the Z10. Join us as we welcome an old friend back into the smartphone space by discussing things like Peeking, Balance, Hub, and even ...

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  • by | January 31, 2013 3:37 AM

    At this year's CES in Las Vegas Huawei brought the huge, 6.1-inch, Ascend Mate. After taking a closer look at this device, and comparing it to the already established Samsung Galaxy Note II, we've concluded that the Huawei phone was not a Note-killer. At least not this phablet, but the ZTE Grand Memo, leaked previously, could be! It will officially be unveiled next month at MWC in Barcelona despite being showed off at a ZTE event in Hong Kong the other day. It has a 5.7-inch screen with 720p resolution and packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocking at 1.7GHz, 13-megapixel ...

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  • by | January 15, 2013 3:27 PM

    Yesterday, we told you about Huawei's efforts to introduce a quad-core Android handset that would sell off-contract for just $225. That's a fantastic price, but we weren't quite sure how many sacrifices were being made to deliver the phone so afford ably, not knowing important details like the screen's resolution. Today, we're learning about a very similar-sounding phone, this time from ZTE, and now sporting a 720p display. The ZTE U956 will supposedly be going up for sale for what works out to just about $240. Specifically, the U956 should have a five-inch 720p screen, an eight-megapixel ...

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