Chinese-produced Grand S3 checks users vein pattern in eyes before unlocking
ZTE's latest flagship launching outside of China uses the owner's eyes to unlock the device, rather than codes or fingerprints. The latest in the Grand range, the ZTE Grand S3 uses EyeVerify's Eyeprint ID system to scan the eyes as a biometric authentication, instead of a fingerprint-based system used by some flagship devices, with Eyeprint ID keeping track of unique vein patterns on the eye itself.
Mid-ranged $250 ZTE smartphone triggers apps by gestures
Chinese device producer ZTE has introduced a new mid-ranged smartphone in its Blade series, this time with an octa-core processor. The Blade S6 uses the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and an Adreno 405 GPU, all packed behind a 5-inch HD IPS In-cell display within a 7.7mm-thick body.
Entry-level specifications, 1.2GHz processors in new ZTE smartphones
Two new budget-targeted ZTE smartphones have launched in the United States, heading to two different carriers. The ZTE Speed for Boost Mobile and the ZTE Zinger for T-Mobile are prepaid mobile devices, with each offering entry-level specification lists and running Android 4.4, both being backed by a still-respectable 1.2GHz processor.
Mid-range specifications, 13MP camera included in US ZTE smartphone
ZTE has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone it will be shipping to the United States. The Nubia 5S mini LTE, originally launched in China late last year, offers a 4.7-inch 720p IGZO display, backed by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with microSD expansion also available.
LivePro projector can act as LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices
Sprint is launching a new device on its network later this week that combines three items in one. The ZTE-produced Sprint LivePro is a miniature portable projector, which aside from being able to project an image between 10 inches and 10 feet in size, also functions as an LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and is capable of charging up a smartphone or tablet using its 5,000mAh battery.
ZTE Nubia Z7 equals majority of LG G3 specifications
ZTE has launched three Android smartphones as successors to the Nubia Z5S and Z5S mini. The main Nubia Z7 is a device similar to the LG G3 in terms of specification, complete with a 1440x2560 5.5-inch display, the Nubia Z7 Max is a slightly lower-specification device with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and the Z7 mini has a slightly smaller 5-inch Full HD screen.
Budget-specification ZTE Concord II has 4-inch 480x800 display
The ZTE Concord II budget-ranged smartphone is arriving on T-Mobile and MetroPCS, the carriers have revealed. The device, running Android 4.3, uses a 4-inch, 480x800-resolution display with Gorilla Glass 2, backed by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage.
ZTE Open C goes on sale in US, Europe via eBay
ZTE has launched its latest in the Blade series of Android smartphones, the Blade L2, in parts of Europe. At the same time as the budget-oriented Blade L2, the phone manufacturer has finally made the Firefox OS-based smartphone it launched at Mobile World Congress, the ZTE Open C, available to buy in the United States and other countries, though through eBay rather than a retailer.
ZTE Firefox OS device is massive improvement from last year
At last year's Mobile World Congress, ZTE launched its first attempt at a smartphone running Firefox OS. This year, the company is following up on the ZTE Open with the ZTE Open C, a similarly-styled device that is also aimed at emerging markets. This time, the smartphone arrives with a fair number of improvements over its debut. Electronista took the budget Firefox OS device for a spin to see what's new.
ZTE adds larger screen, minor improvements to Grand Memo design
ZTE launched an updated version of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress, one year after it revealed the original. The Grand Memo II LTE upgrades the original's 5.7-inch display to a six-inch model -- as rumored last week -- along with a number of other performance improvements. Electronista paid a visit to the company to see how far the phablet has improved on its predecessor.
ZTE outlines two upgraded versions of smartphones it launched the same time last year
ZTE has detailed two new smartphones it will be launching at Mobile World Congress next week, among other possible unveilings from the company. The Firefox OS-based ZTE Open C will be shown alongside the Grand Memo II LTE, both following up on the ZTE Open and the ZTE Grand Memo the manufacturer revealed at the same event last year.
ZTE Optik 2 3G tablet available online through Sprint
Sprint has revealed the 3G tablet ZTE Optik 2, now available online for purchase. The tablet has a 7-inch touchscreen display, and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage, the Optik 2 possesses a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, video recording and flash, and a front-facing camera that enables video chat.
Major components in individual modules combine into smartphone
ZTE demonstrated its own concept for a modular smartphone at CES, one which lets users easily upgrade specific parts of the device. In a similar way to Motorola's Project Ara, the Eco-Mobius has a number of modular sections relating to various functions, allowing for a level of internal customization based on what the user prioritizes in importance and is able to afford.
Chinese manufacturer's smartwatch will be limited
ZTE's own forthcoming smartwatch device will only work with ZTE smartphones when it launches early next year, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese smartphone maker already confirmed that it has smartwatch devices in the works for the second quarter of 2014, but this new word is the first that those devices will be limited in their smartphone compatibility. The limitations on device compatibility may help to ensure a larger feature set for ZTE's devices, but it will also almost certainly limit their attractiveness in the consumer electronics market.
ZTE to continue making Windows Phones, launch smartwatch
Chinese mobile device maker ZTE says it will launch a smartwatch device in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report. He Shiyou, executive vice president and head of ZTE's handset business, told The Financial Times on Sunday that the firm will enter the burgeoning wearable technology market next quarter with a smartwatch, and he hinted that ZTE is also looking into connected eyewear like Google's Glass device. The ZTE exec also reaffirmed his company's commitment to making phones running Windows Phone 8 operating system, despite the fact that Microsoft has entered the phone hardware market with its purchase of Nokia's mobile operations.
Both ZTE Nubia Z5S devices have 13-megapixel camera, LTE options
ZTE has launched a pair of updates to last year's Nubia Z5, with both smartphones to shop with LTE and 3G options, depending on carrier and region. The Nubia Z5S will have a five-inch 1080p IGZO display, while the smaller Nubia Z5S mini opts for a lower-resolution 720o, 4.7-inch display, and a drop in specification when compared to its full-sized counterpart.
New ZTE processors to be shown in late September at Chinese event
ZTE is working on developing its own applications processor for smartphones, according to a report. The Chinese smartphone producer is alleged to be developing a chip for its future mobile devices, with the processor design said to use ARM cores and include support for 4G LTE connections, though no other major details have been revealed by the company.
Auction site to be first sales venue for Firefox OS smartphone in US
ZTE is putting its Firefox OS smartphone on sale in the United States and the United Kingdom, though not through retail stores for the moment. The ZTE Open will be available to purchase through eBay, with customers able to get the budget handset via "Buy it now" for $80 in the US and £60 ($93) in the UK.
ZTE Open on sale in Spain for 69 euros, new Firefox OS simulator due July 11th
Firefox OS smartphones have gone on sale to the general public, with the first batch of devices being sold through Telefonica. The launch in Spain of the ZTE Open, delayed until today following last week's announcement, is accompanied by news that Mozilla has turned on the Firefox OS payment systems, allowing developers to earn through app sales and in-app purchases.
Alcatel One Touch Fire, ZTE Open to initially launch in limited markets
The first two smartphones running on Firefox OS will soon be available to purchase by end users, with customers of Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica being among the first to get the devices. The ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, both running Mozilla's open-source mobile operating system, will go on sale in Spain later this week, with the ZTE Open being sold by Telefonica for 69 euro ($90) tomorrow.
Sprint Vital uses 1.5GHz processor, 8GB storage, 13MP camera
Sprint has formally unveiled its budget ZTE smartphone, following its appearance at the FCC over the weekend. The Sprint Vital has a five-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 and a "break-resistant LCD," is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor with 1GB of RAM, and will be released by the carrier by the end of this week.
Windows Phone, Android smartphones could be priced under $100 on-contract
Two more phones destined for Sprint have been revealed in separate FTC filings. The HTC Tiara with Windows Phone 8 and the ZTE Vital appear in filings with LTE connectivity for Sprint's network, suggesting that the two devices will receive some form of official announcement from the carrier in the coming months.
Second China research report this month suggests 6.1M iOS sales
Samsung has sold more than 10 million smartphones in China within a single quarter for the first time, according to a research firm. The same report based on data from US research firm Strategy Analytics also claims that Apple resides in sixth place in the country's smartphone marketplace, one place below a similar report earlier this month that placed the iPhone in fifth place.
First Clover Trail+ offering from ZTE clocked at 2GHz
ZTE has debuted its first Android smartphone using the Intel 32nm Atom processor platform at the Spring Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The unfortunately-named ZTE Geek houses the Clover Trail+ processor running at 2GHz, housed inside a device that appears to be inspired by the company's Grand S LTE offering.
Ruling first of three court proceedings between the pair in two weeks
The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany has ruled in an LTE patent suit brought by Huawei against ZTE, with Huawei has winning an injunction in the country against ZTE. The ruling prevents it from selling LTE base stations in Germany. Despite the injunction, a minor victory was won by ZTE, as it is still allowed to sell USB "4G" modems. The devices were deemed to be not infringing, and cleared by the court.
ZTE and Alcatel target emerging markets
High-end smartphones typically dominate the news at Mobile World Congress, leaving us surprised by the amount of attention garnered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. Earlier this week we checked out Alcatel's One Touch Fire, and today we had a chance to try out ZTE's Open. Both are geared for emerging markets, focusing on maximum features from basic hardware via an operating system built from web standards.
ZTE's new Android flagship
ZTE has continued its upmarket push with its new Android flagship, the Grand Memo, which will be one of the first devices to arrive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor. We stopped by ZTE's Mobile World Congress booth ahead of the company's press conference to handle the new device ahead of its public launch.
Samsung, Nokia, ZTE, Huawei devices potentially infringing
As expected, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced that it is launching its investigation into InterDigital's patent complaint against mobile phone manufacturers Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, and ZTE. Non-practicing entity InterDigital Communications complained to the ITC that the four manufacturers were violating patents related to CDMA, and LTE communications. InterDigitial is seeking "permanent injunction and compensatory damages in an amount to be determined, as well as enhanced damages based on willful infringement" of the company's patents.
Shares physical design aspects with Grand S LTE
ZTE will be releasing a five-inch budget-ranged smartphone in China, according to a database operated by Chinese regulator TENAA. The V987 has a similar appearance to the recently-revealed Grand S LTE, though its internal specifications have been reduced in search of a cheaper price, while its physical design appears to be much thicker than the Grand S.
ZTE brings its Grand S LTE phone to CES touting 1080p, 5-inch screen
We stopped by the ZTE booth to check out a new smartphone the company hopes to bring into a number of new markets. The high-end device hasn't been confirmed for the US market yet, however. Its specs are certainly impressive, however, with a five-inch, 1080p resolution touchscreen and a fast 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with four cores paired with 2GB of RAM.
P945 device leaked in pictures, likely 720p display
Images of an unannounced "phablet" device from ZTE have leaked to the Internet, signaling that the Chinese manufacturer is likely preparing to enter the large handset market alongside Huawei and segment leader Samsung. Currently, the device is only known as the P945, but it appears to sport a 5.7-inch display, placing it between the 5.5-inch display of Samsung's Galaxy Note and the 6.1-inch display of Huawei's Ascend Mate. Currently, the device is said to be scheduled only for release in the Chinese market.
'Patent troll' renews legal hostilities against four manufacturers
Following the announcement of an extension of its patent license agreement with Research In Motion which added "coverage for 4G, LTE, and LTE-Advanced products," non-practicing entity InterDigital announced a new United Stated International Trade Commission (USITC) complaint against Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, and ZTE. InterDigitial is seeking "permanent injunction and compensatory damages in an amount to be determined, as well as enhanced damages based on willful infringement" of the company's patents.
Huawei said to have offered 1.3 million euros of embargoed tech
Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei will likely see increased scrutiny from US regulators, as a report from Reuters found that the company offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed computer equipment to the largest mobile phone operator in Iran two years ago. The report cites documents in which Huawei and a closely-tied Iranian affiliate proposed providing Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran (MCI) with Hewlett-Packard servers, disk arrays, and switches. The revelation is the second in as many months that has seen a major Huawei partner in Iran accused of violating technology embargoes.
Five-inch Android smartphone goes on sale in January
ZTE has officially revealed its flagship Nubia Z5 Android smartphone in China, the first of the company's high-end Nubia range of devices. The smartphone announcement, almost a week later than it was rumored to, sees Chinese customers being able to preorder the five-inch handset ahead of its January release.
Rumor claims Nubia Z5 to reach China on December 21st
Images and specifications of a new low-resolution 5-inch phone-tablet from ZTE has been leaked. The budget-level phablet comes at the same time as rumors that ZTE's Nubia Z5 will be released in China on December 21st, as well as an official announcement of the company's first dual-mode Grand Era LTE smartphone in Hong Kong.
ZTE, China Development Bank agree to $20B loan
ZTE, the world's fifth-largest telecom equipment maker, announced today that it had entered into a $20 billion financing agreement with China Development Bank. The funds are meant to cover "financing facilities for the company's overseas projects and credit facilities for the company," according to a statement ZTE released today. The agreement will shore up the finances of the Chinese tech firm, which has seen significant losses this year, but it will likely raise concerns among ZTE's international competitors and regulators in the west, who are suspicious of the firm's ties to the Chinese government.
Samsung grows lead on Apple in smartphone sales
Android devices now represent 72.4 percent of the cellphone market, according to new third-quarter research data by Gartner. The figure represents a major boost over Q3 2011, when Android had a 52.5 percent share. Some of that ground appears to have come from the platform's closest rival, iOS, which has slipped from 15 to 13.9 percent. Also down are Research in Motion's BlackBerry phones, shifting from 11 to 5.3 percent, and Symbian, shrinking from 16.9 percent to just 2.6.
Nubia Z5 will be thinner than iPhone's 5
The first live image of ZTE's Nubia Z5 flagship smartphone introduced at the end of October has now been offered, thanks to China's CNMO. Along with the image, the source got some information about the handset, including that it will ship in Asia in December. The phone's body was reportedly styled in Italy, and a side-by-side comparison to Apple's iPhone 5 reveals it is slightly thinner.
Communist party officials reiterate denials of espionage charges
During China's 18th Party Congress Communist party meeting, China's commerce minister decried US fears that Huawei posed a security risk. The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee warned art month that the Chinese government could be using Huawei and ZTE-made equipment for espionage purposes. The report claimed that the presence of a Communist party cell in the management of both companies was the primary reason for the concern.
Nubia Z5 smartphone due to arrive in China in December
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE at a recent conference introduced a new smartphone brand and the first handset to come from it. The Nubia name will apply to high-end devices from ZTE and the first phone to headline the range will be called the Z5, Weibo revealed. Nubia translates to cloudy from Latin.
RIM replaces Nokia in top 5 for global sales
Third-quarter figures from IDC suggest that Samsung and Apple account for almost half of smartphones shipped. While HTC and ZTE continue to appear in the top five smartphone vendors worldwide, Nokia has dropped from the rankings and been replaced by Research in Motion.
Huawei says it's done a poor job of communicating
Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has offered to open up access to the software powering its products in an effort to allay fears in the west that it is relaying information back to China. John Lord, chairman of Huawei's Australian arm, says that the company has been ineffective in communicating with regulators in the west, and that it must do a better job of that in the future. Lord has said that Huawei would be open to sharing its code in a controlled security environment in order to assure western legislators and companies that they have nothing to fear from its products.
ZTEsec sale to completed in September
Amid ongoing scrutiny from US legislators and regulators, Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE divested itself of a subsidiary that sells surveillance systems. In September of this year, ZTE completed the sale of ZTE Special Equipment Co, also known as ZTEsec, while congressional investigators looked into the cyber security implications of US companies doing business with ZTE. The company, the second largest telecommunications manufacturer in China and the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is believed by some to be too closely tied to the Chinese government.
Slowing economy doesn't help phone maker under scrutiny
Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE will report a loss as large as $279.2 million for the first nine months of 2012. This according to a preliminary results announcement ZTE made on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Sunday. ZTE's revenues have been hurt by a soft economy, and the company's fortunes have not been helped by its ongoing troubles with legislators and regulators in both the United States and the European Union.
New allegations come in wake of House committee report
Following the release of a report from the House Intelligence Committee, the panel investigating possible security concerns stemming from Huawei and ZTE equipment use now claims to have received "dozens and dozens" of calls from former employees and customers of the two companies. These calls, according to Reuters allege suspicious equipment behavior, especially on the part of Huawei's equipment. The development is likely to result in intensified scrutiny of the two Chinese companies' dealings, further hampering their efforts to make gains in the US telecom market.
Congress asks US firms to stop fueling expansion of Huawei, ZTE
A draft Congress report due today argues that leading Chinese telecoms producers Huawei and ZTE should be locked out of the U.S. market over security concerns, reports Reuters. The US House of Representativesí Intelligence Committee argues that the two companies are subject to the influence of the Chinese government. After 11-months of research, the committee believes that it is in the best interests of U.S. firms and the country to avoid purchasing products from either Huawei or ZTE.
US committee report scheduled to be released on October 8
Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. Ruppersberger (D-MD) are preparing to issue a report October 8 on a year-long investigation of smartphone and equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE Corp. The US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has been examining whether the companies' expansion in the US market enables Chinese governmental espionage and endangers the telecommunications infrastructure of North America.
Blade III confirmed in Finland, Sweden, other Euro countries before year's end
ZTE's upcoming flagship phone, the Blade III that was leaked about a month ago is now official. As the original report noted, the phone will come to Finland's Verkkokauppa first, later in September, before arriving in Sweden sometime in October. It will be available in white at the former and black at the latter.
ZTE, Huawei links to Chinese government probed
China's ZTE has agreed to participate in US congressional inquiries into the companies alleged ties to the Chinese government and any potential espionage threats arising from those ties. ZTE, along with Huawei, is under investigation by the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over subsidies the company receives from the Chinese government, as well as any potential threats to the American telecommunications infrastructure arising from ZTE's relations with assorted Chinese governmental entities. Sources familiar with the congressional proceedings tell Reuters that the hearings could begin as early as the second week of September, though negotiations are still ongoing as to which ZTE executives will appear before the committee.
ZTE Grand X is the first with an Atom Z2460 CPU from the Chinese company
At IFA, ZTE unveiled a refreshed Grand X smartphone that sports a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor, which is a first for the Chinese phonemaker. The preloaded OS is Android 4.0. The other technical specs carry over from the original phone, including its 4.3-inch, 960x540 touchscreen and eight-megapixel rear camera capable of recording 1080p videos.