ZTE’s quirky Spro line of 2-in-1 Android projectors has come a long way from a clunky, unfocused first generation, but for some reason, the “professional-grade” 8.4-inch Plus model unveiled back in February isn’t ready for primetime yet.
At least not on T-Mobile, the third major US carrier to sell the 5-inch ZTE Spro 2, a little late and a little expensive. Then again, you can always choose to split the hybrid device’s $500 MSRP at Magenta in 24 affordable monthly payments of $20.84 each.
Meanwhile, as long as Verizon and AT&T don’t launch the larger, slimmer, more capable Spro Plus in the near future, it’s not like T-Mo customers looking for projecting convenience, portability and Android smarts have better alternatives around.
The ZTE Spro 2 is truly a one-of-a-kind product, thanks to full Google Play access, mobile hotspot functionality and the ability to beam 120 inches of 720p content on your wall of choice, at 200 lumens, with auto-focus and auto keystone correction.
The massive 6,300 mAh battery should last you a decent 2.5 hours of cable-free projection time, with HDMI, USB connectivity, microSD card support, Bluetooth and 16GB internal storage in tow for a wide range of streaming possibilities.
Powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, the 19.4 ounces box is unfortunately stuck on KitKat, which is one of the main reasons we were excited about its Marshmallow-running sequel. Still, business consumers will probably not mind the decrepit software when getting so much productivity in such a compact form factor.