Posts Tagged ‘ZTE’

Boost Mobile today announced the ZTE Max, a large-screened Android smartphone that costs $299.99. The Max features a 5.7-inch HD display and it is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The Max includes an 8-megapixel main camera and a 1-megapixel user-facing camera. The phone supports 3G/4G LTE, and has Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi, and GPS on board. The Max runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with ZTE’s SmartView technology, which allows owners to use any two applications at the same time. The ZTE Max also comes with Boost Mobile apps, such as Boost Zone and Mobile ID. The ZTE Max is available online and in stores beginning today. Boost Mobile does not require contracts.

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ZTE today said that it plans to show off a number of new devices at the Consumer Electronics Trade show in Las Vegas next week. Several of the gadgets had not been announced before today.

  • Grand S II: This follow-up to last year’s flagship Android smartphone is what ZTE calls a “high-precision voice phone” able to act on commands, such as unlocking and picture-taking. It also features three mics to help improve the clarity of voice calls.
  • Nubia 5S / 5S Mini: The larger Nubia 5S has a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, 13-megapixel Sony RS camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and 4K Ultra HD video capture. The 5S Mini has a 4.7-inch IGZO display from Sharp and comes in different colors. Both devices are powered by quad-core Qualcomm processors.
  • Sonata 4G: This Android smartphone is headed to AT&T’s Aio Wireless prepaid service. It includes a 4-inch screen, 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, and 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture.
  • Phablet: ZTE teased the release of its first phablet device at CES, which it says will have a 5.7-inch HD screen with Gorilla Glass, quad-core processor, Dolby Digital, and wireless charging. The unnamed device will be able to run two apps on the screen at the same time, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
  • Projector Hotspot: ZTE has created a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot that also includes a projector. ZTE says the Projector Hotspot will be ideal for sharing video content anywhere, while also supporting LTE access for up to eight devices.
  • BlueWatch: ZTE’s first smartwatch is called the BlueWatch. The device includes a pedometer and can record and analyze user movement data at all times. The BlueWatch connects to smartphones via Bluetooth and enables access to calls, social media updates, and photos.
  • AT&T Wireless Home Base: ZTE is prepared to offer its own AT&T Wireless Home Base device. The home base will let people use AT&T’s wireless network, rather than copper or fiber, for their home-based voice services.

ZTE said more details about all these products will be made available during CES.

Google has filed a patent lawsuit against Rockstar, the company formed by Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry to manage major communications patents bought from Nortel. Google accuses Rockstar of being a patent troll targeting the whole mobile industry. Google is asking the court to specifically declare that its Nexus devices do not infringe, which could set precedent in favor of all manufacturers of Android devices. Rockstar has made patent claims against most major Android players, including Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC, Pantech, and Asus. Rockstar bought the patents in 2012 for $4.5 billion, with $2.5 billion contributed by Apple.

Mozilla today released Firefox OS version 1.1. The newest rendition of its smartphone platform adds a wide range of new features and capabilities. The update enables push notifications in the platform, as well as adds support for MMS, and adaptive app search. The platform received contact management improvements that let users sync their Google and Hotmail contacts in addition to Facebook and SIM card contacts. It is also easier to edit contacts that are already saved on the phone. The phone app now offers suggested contacts when users begin to type phone numbers, and the Firefox browser lets users save images, audio, and video directly to the handset. The email application has been improved with the ability to save drafts offline, download audio and video attachments, as well as send photo attachments. Other functions that have been improved include the music player, calendar, and keyboard. Mozilla said the update will be made available to developers with Firefox OS phones in the near future. Several handset makers, including LG and ZTE, have committed to releasing Firefox-based smartphones.

ZTE today announced that it will offers its Open Firefox OS phone to U.S. consumers via its official eBay store. The phone, which is based on open web standards, will be sold unlocked for $79.99. The ZTE open offers most of the same features found on today’s smartphones, including integration with social networks, GPS and navigation through Nokia’ HERE maps, and an app store from which to download applications. According to ZTE, the Firefox Marketplace already has a handful of apps from eBay, Kayak, The Weather Channel, SoundCloud, AOL, Wikipedia, and others.

StraightTalk LTE Phones

Two new smartphones, one from Huawei and one from LG have been confirmed to be the next Android smartphones to support LTE access following the release of the Sprint-powered Samsung Galaxy S III within the last two months on StraightTalk and Net10. The LG Optimus Quest and Huawei Magna will be released within the next three months with the following specifications:

LG Optimus Quest

Features:
5 MP Camera/Video Recorder
7 Home Screens
Alarm Clock
Android 4.1
Bluetooth
Calculator
Calendar
Call Waiting
Caller ID
Color Screen
Email
GPS Enabled
HAC Compatible
Instant Messaging
MP-3 Player
Multitasking
Text/Multimedia Messaging
Vibration Alert
Voice Recorder
Voicemail
Web
Wi-Fi

Size    4.6 x 2.4 x 0.4
Standby time    Up to 10 days
Talk time    Up to 12 hours
Weight    3.9 (ounces)
2G/3G/4G LTE

Included Accessories:
4GB microSD Card
AC Adapter
Battery

Huawei Magna LTE

Features:
2G/3G/4G LTE/Wi-Fi Connectivity
5 Home Screens
5 MP Camera/Video Recorder
Alarm Clock
Android 4.1
Bluetooth
Call Waiting
Caller ID
E-mail
FM Radio
GPS Enabled
Gravity/Proximity Sensor
HAC Compatible
Handsfree Speaker
Instant Messaging
MP3 Player
Multitasking
Text/Multimedia Messaging
Touch Screen
Vibration Alert
Voicemail
Web

Included Battery    Lithium-ion
Size    4.9 x 2.5 x 0.5
Standby time    Up to 7 days
Talk time    Up to 13 hours
Weight    4.9 (ounces)

Included Accessories:
AC Adapter
Battery