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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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