ZTE Showcases New Android Handsets at MWC 2011: Amigo, Skate

ZTE just wrapped up its press conference here at MWC 2011 and introduced us to 2 new Android handsets, the side-slider Amigo and the slate-style Skate. The Blade was also featured.

The ZTE Skate is a 4.3-inch Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset that runs on a 800 MHz CPU with Adrena 200 GPU, 5 MP camera and supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900MHz and HSDPA/UMTS at 900/2100MHz. It weighs 120g (4.23 oz). Expected to launch in May 2011 worldwide, it will kick off ZTE’s new “Light your smart world” product strategy for 2011 which will include both smartphones and tablets.



Also with that new product strategy comes the ZTE Amigo. This one is an Android 2.2 Froyo handset with horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard and a smaller screen and 3.2 MP camera.

We’ll have some hands-on soon at MWC.

Press Release

14 February 2011, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today launched its flagship Android Smartphone, the ZTE Skate, at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. The company also announced its new “Light Your Smart World” strategy, under which ZTE will promote its entire range of signature smart products, including tablet devices, internet boxes and Smartphones.

Inspired by the skateboard, the ZTE Skate is fashionably thin and lightweight at only 120g, featuring a large 4.3-inch screen to provide an optimal web surfing experience to consumers. It uses the Android 2.3 operating system, an 800MHz processor and the Adreno 200 graphics processing unit (GPU) to support the widescreen, high-definition display. In addition, the ZTE Skate also incorporates a 5MP camera, multimedia Bluetooth extension, A-GPS capability, hardware compass, and G-sensor.

The open Android operating system ensures that the Skate can run an extensive range of apps, meeting not only the in-depth customisation needs of operators, but also providing a user-friendly user interface (UI), and convenient and powerful multimedia features. The Skate supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900MHz and HSDPA/UMTS at 900/2100MHz, as well as WiFi internet access.

The ZTE Skate is expected to be available from May 2011 in markets worldwide. The Smartphone launch also kicks off ZTE’s “Light Your Smart World” smart product strategy. At GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011, ZTE is showcasing a range of smart terminals including its Android-based Amigo slide phone designed for young and fashionable users, the highly successful Blade Android Smartphone, and the F952 handset running Brew MP and supporting the WAC (Wholesale Applications Community).

An IDC report shows that ZTE has become one of the world’s top five handset makers – in 2010 the company’s global shipment of handsets reached 60 million units and terminal products over 90 million units. Signature models such as the ZTE Blade and ZTE Light became bestsellers across multiple markets, achieving outstanding sales records in more than 30 countries including Europe and Japan, within a very short period of time. The ZTE Blade was also frequently referred to as the “Most Valuable Smartphone” by media in these markets.

Author: Brad Molen

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