ZTE announces Anthem 4G for MetroPCS, Blade III for Europe
ZTE and MetroPCS have unveiled the Anthem 4G, which is ZTE’s first LTE-capable Android smartphone in the US.
The handset will be available at MetroPCS starting the coming weeks for “$219 plus tax after mail-in-rebate.” It features a 4.3 inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Dolby Surround Audio, HDMI, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. Sadly, the Anthem 4G will be launched running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
ZTE has also confirmed the existence of the Blade III – first seen last month thanks to a Finnish online retailer. The Blade III follows the footsteps of the Blade and Blade II, being an affordable smartphone.
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ZTE Blade III offers a 4 inch WVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5MP rear camera, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of user-accessible memory, and MicroSD card support. The new Blade is launching this month in Finland for about €176. Starting October, the handset will make it to other European markets, including Sweden.