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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    While I've only been writing about mobile technology for a year, I've followed the space closely for over a decade. During all that time, the absolute high point of my geek-year has been CES. The international Consumer Electronics Show has a history that stretches all the way back to 1967, but the first one I remember being conscious of was the 2002 show in Las Vegas. It was this CES that, for me, first cemented the concept of "trade show" as "awesome event where cool new gadgets get trotted out." Of course there are other mobile-tech trade shows, some of them much larger and more ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    A couple months back, they didn't even exist, but now with the 2013 CES in full-swing, we're finding ourselves positively inundated with 1080p smartphones. The most recent to get announced is ZTE's second-such handset (following the Nubia Z5), its Grand S. We got a chance to try it out ourselves, and see just how well it performs. While the Grand S is going to make its debut abroad, plans are for it to eventually make its way to the West later in 2013. The phone runs a 1.7GHz quad-core SoC, arrives running Jelly Bean, and ZTE has customized it with some of its own UI tweaks. There's a lot ...

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    Since late last month, we've been expecting ZTE to bring its Grand S Android to display at the CES. There hasn't been any real secret about the phone's debut – ZTE even calls the phone out by name in the title for its CES press event, set to get started in just a few minutes. That may explain why we're not even waiting until then to bring you news on the Grand S, as ZTE has already let the cat out of the bag with this 1080p smartphone. Like so many of these other first wave 1080p handsets, the ZTE Grand has a five-inch display. The phone's powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon, packs ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers have seriously fallen in love with jumbo-sized screens on their phones as of late. Samsung may have gotten the ball rolling with the first Galaxy Note, but after it pushed the limited with the 5.5-inch Note II, all bets were off. Huawei has really taken the idea and run with it, giving us the almost preposterously-large Ascend Mate. If Huawei's 6.1 inches is just a bit much for your tastes, ZTE might have just the thing for you, now that a render of its 5.7-inch Android has leaked. So far known just as model P945, this 5.7-inch ZTE model could be one of the first ...

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    Huawei will not be the only Chinese phone-maker to bring new devices to CES, with the recent leaks of the Ascend D2 and previous rumors of W1 and possible W2 Windows Phones. After we've seen the full HD Nubia Z5 become official we're now hearing about the Grand S, in a CES 2013 context, straight from the horse's mouth. The (also) five-incher will apparently be thinner than other thin phones on the market, at 6.9mm. Aside from the 13-megapixel main camera we should also expect to see a (so far just rumored) quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC aided by 2GB of RAM. Pricing and exact specs are ...

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    Paying even a cursory amount of attention to the smartphone gossip that's been accumulating over the past several months should have clued you in that the latest feature everyone's got to have for their top-shelf Android is a full HD, 1080p display. After HTC started the party with its Butterfly/Droid DNA, pretty much every other major smartphone manufacturer has been rumored to be working on a similar handset. What remains to be seen now is who will be able to one-up HTC's effort (something we've even heard that HTC itself is working towards). We've already talked before about ZTE's 1080p ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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