Back in February at Mobile World Congress, ZTE showed the first signs that it is willing to push more products to Western markets, when it unveiled a couple of smartphones, among which the high-end Skate stood out. This was a 4.3-incher running Android, and having an (arguably mid-tier by now) 800 MHz processor. In the meantime, we’ve heard that the Skate will become available in the UK this summer, and that ZTE is also working on a few tablet designs, all meant to run Android as well.
Fast forward to today, and news is in that ZTE will launch a high-end Android-powered smartphone in the US sometime during the second half of this year. This device is being prospectively called ZTE Style S, and it looks like it’s a rehashed Skate. Also note that the “S” is becoming viral. Samsung introduced it to the mobile world with the Galaxy S, HTC switfly applied it to its entire early 2011 smartphone lineup, and it looks like ZTE wants to cash in on some of that “S” love. Why one particular letter suffixed to a brand name makes manufacturers think their devices will become more appealing is unclear.
It’s also not certain if this device will ever see the light of day bearing that name, as it may be rebranded by one or more carriers. The Style S will have the same 4.3-inch screen as the Skate, and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread supposedly. It will have a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera, and a 1350 mAh battery.
ZTE also plans to launch an LTE-capable 10-inch tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will sport a 1280×800 capacitive touchscreen, two cameras, a 6800 mAh battery, and a 1.2 GHz processor (not known as of yet whether single or dual-core).
Those are all the details we have right now, but it clearly looks like ZTE is willing to amp up its presence outside Asia this year, and that can only be good for consumers, as they’ll receive more choice at (hopefully) lower price points.
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