ZTE Grand S Ext appears in leaked renders
Mar11

ZTE Grand S Ext appears in leaked renders

What comes next in ZTE’s Grand S line, after the original Grand S from last year and the Grand S II that was announced this January? Well, it may be the Grand S Ext. No, really, that’s its name – and if we ‘eat’ one space, it becomes the Grand Sext. ZTE sure likes to put stupid names on some of its phones – see the Iconic Phablet, which so far has thankfully only been launched as the Boost Max. So maybe the Sext won’t be the Sext either when it gets to the stores. When that will happen, by the way, is anyone’s guess. In fact, we don’t know much about it yet, but thanks to a leak from a design directory we can show it to you. Here it is: It certainly looks nice in those renders. Apparently the Grand S Ext will be the first smartphone to use something called Nano Molding Technology, or NMT. That essentially means it’s made out of both metal and plastic, injected together into the mold. That sounds interesting, and it’s said to result in a cheaper shell than if only metal was used, while at the same time ‘feeling’ premium, metal-y in the hand – even though it’s half-plastic. The Grand S Ext will have wireless charging support, with a wireless charger pictured above standing below it. It’s also got quite the chamfer, and 100% unknown specs at the moment. It should come out at some point this year, though, so that’s reassuring. Via Android Police...

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ZTE Nubia X6 coming soon, official teaser reveals
Mar04

ZTE Nubia X6 coming soon, official teaser reveals

ZTE is clearly working on at least one new device to add to its Nubia line. That much is certain. Everything else about it or them, though, is confusing because of multiple conflicting rumors we’ve heard in the past. See, we’ve been led to believe that there was a Nubia Z7 coming. Then a Nubia X. Are those the same handset, though? It’s impossible to tell right now. To complicate things even further, ZTE itself has revealed a teaser for a new Nubia that will be called Nubia X6. So maybe this is the rumored Nubia X, right? OK. Then what ever happened to the Z7? Or are all three of these the same device? Questions, questions. And not many answers. According to GizChina, the Nubia X6 will become official by the end of March, and it will come with the thin aluminium unibody design you can see above. Because only one SIM slot can be seen in the image, it’s unlikely that this smartphone will feature dual-SIM support. The Nubia X6 could also sport a 6-inch 2,560×1,440 (“2K” or QHD) touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. Hopefully we’ll see a few more leaks about this new Nubia soon, so at least some things have the opportunity to be cleared up before...

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ZTE Nubia X 6-inch phablet supposedly leaked via spy shot
Feb25

ZTE Nubia X 6-inch phablet supposedly leaked via spy shot

ZTE’s Nubia sub-brand currently maxes out at the 5-inch Z5S that was unveiled back in November. That may soon change, though. In these times in which phablets seem to be all the rage (and especially in Asia), ZTE can’t afford to miss out. So, on one hand, there’s the upcoming Grand Memo II that we talked about yesterday, but something big is cooking for Nubia too. Last year we thought that the first Nubia phablet would be called Z7, but it may in fact be out as the Nubia X. ZTE itself has been teasing this name, so we at least know there’s a Nubia in the making bearing that name. Whether or not this will in fact be the first Nubia phablet remains to be seen. In the meantime, though, you can feast your eyes upon the leaked image above, which is said to show the upcoming ZTE Nubia X. This photo shows us a very different design to the one portrayed by the previously leaked Z7, so either the Chinese company has changed things up, or one of these is fake. However, while the Nubia Z7 was rumored to come with a 6.44-inch touchscreen, the Nubia X will apparently settle for a 6-inch panel, which, if true, may mean that there are in fact two Nubia phablets in the making. We’ll let you know when we find out more about this situation. Via...

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ZTE Grand Memo II LTE announced as a midrange phablet coming with Android 4.4 KitKat
Feb24

ZTE Grand Memo II LTE announced as a midrange phablet coming with Android 4.4 KitKat

ZTE is obviously at MWC too, and it’s announcing a new device too, unsurprisingly. We’re talking about the Grand Memo II LTE, the successor to the ZTE Grand Memo that was unveiled at last year’s MWC. This is a midrange phablet, that nicely comes running Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, however. It has a 6-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 161.5x83x7.2 mm, which means it’s extremely thin. ZTE’s MiFavor 2.3 UI is sprinkled on top of Android. ZTE will release the Grand Memo II LTE first in China in April, then in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific at some later point. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we obviously expect this to be rather cheap, given ZTE’s ambitions for making a bigger dent in the mobile world – and also given the specs at work here. The Grand Memo II does look nice, and its maker claims that the screen takes up 80% of the front – putting it at the forefront of the ‘less and less bezels’ movement that’s rapidly taking shape in...

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ZTE’s Iconic Phablet becomes Boost Mobile’s first phablet, now out as the Boost Max
Jan28

ZTE’s Iconic Phablet becomes Boost Mobile’s first phablet, now out as the Boost Max

Remember the ZTE Iconic Phablet from CES? The most award-worthy handset at the well known electronics shindig has already become available. At Boost Mobile, no less. Sans contract, yes. And, thankfully, with a different name. Apparently “Iconic Phablet” may have been a “placeholder name” according to Engadget, which is very, very good to hear. How such a stupid name made it to even “placeholder” status is a question for another time. Anyway, the Iconic Phablet has become the Boost Max, offered by Boost Mobile starting today for $299.99 without any contract signing requirement. The Boost Max can be paired with Boost Mobile’s $55 per month unlimited plan – that becomes ever cheaper the more on-time payments you make. It’s got unlimited nationwide talk and text, and 2.5 GB of high-speed data each month. The Boost Max has a 5.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, unfortunately, which means it’s three versions behind at the moment – and unlikely to ever receive a software update. If you’d like to get Boost’s first ever phablet, this is the page you need to go...

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Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet for just $29.99
Jan24

Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet for just $29.99

Sprint has launched the ZTE Optik 2 Android tablet today. This is the successor to the easily forgotten original Optik from two years ago. Interestingly, while it is thankfully cheaper than the first Optik, the Optik 2 doesn’t come with much improved specs. So it seems like the two years that have passed in between these releases have only served to take down the price of Sprint’s cheapest tablet (both now and then) from $99.99 to $29.99. Yes, you only have to pay $29.99 to grab an Optik 2, but that price comes with a two-year contract attached. Still, you’ll probably want a data plan if you’re going to use this thing out and about, though you should know that it doesn’t feature support for 4G LTE. How useful Sprint’s 3G really is in this day and age… that’s for you to decide. The ZTE Optik 2 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8625Q), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. If for some reason you want to get one of these, this is where you need to...

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ZTE gets into the rugged smartphone game with the G601U
Jan23

ZTE gets into the rugged smartphone game with the G601U

Move over, Kyocera, Casio… even Sony! There’s another company that seems to want in the rugged Android smartphone game, and it’s ZTE. The Chinese giant has just received certification for sale in its home country for the G601U, a handset that looks and feels rugged and isn’t ashamed of it. It comes with a design reminiscent of Kyocera’s and Casio’s respective lines of rugged devices, and with equally unimpressive specs. The ZTE G601U (which should hopefully get a more memorable name by the time it launches) sports a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 127.4x66x12 mm, and it weighs 156 grams – so clearly it’s not the most compact or the lightest handset out there with a 4-inch screen. All that added ruggedness must be to blame, though. The battery capacity is a nice surprise for a device with such lowly specs, and it should ensure full-day use without a problem for even the most demanding of owners. Although based on the specs it certainly could, it’s unclear whether the ZTE G601U will ever make it to anywhere outside of China. Even so, it’s at least interesting to see what that particular company’s first rugged offering looks like. Via...

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ZTE Blade Q Mini arrives in the UK, yours for just £59.99
Jan17

ZTE Blade Q Mini arrives in the UK, yours for just £59.99

Following in the footsteps of many other extremely affordable smartphones, the ZTE Blade Q Mini has now made it to the UK. It will be offered exclusively by Virgin Media later today for the incredibly low price of £59.99. It’s apparently already available at Argos, and will also be sold by Sainsbury’s. The Blade Q Mini packs some decent features for this day and age, coming with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It was announced back in October of last year, and is surely one of the best Android smartphone bargains right now. The Blade series has always focused on getting the most out of cheap handsets, and the Blade Q Mini takes that to a whole new level. It’s unclear whether this phone will make it to other retailers and operators in the UK, or, for that matter, if we’ll see it in other countries. But for now, if you’re in the UK and want one of the cheapest Android devices around, yet don’t want any sacrifices in terms of user experience, the Blade Q Mini looks like it’s the one to get. Via T3 and...

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ZTE Iconic Phablet presented at CES, deserves an award
Jan08

ZTE Iconic Phablet presented at CES, deserves an award

Ladies and gentlemen, here we have ZTE’s award-worthy new device presented at CES 2014! So you’re thinking about the Grand S II which was unveiled yesterday? Well no, that’s not it. We’re talking about the product named ZTE Iconic Phablet. Without any hint of all this being a joke. This then is already ZTE’s most award-worthy handset of the year – an award for the most idiotic name, that is. How can you call a run of the mill midranger with a bad back (design) “Iconic”? As for “phablet”, OK. It is a phablet. And the iPhone is a phone, and contains the entirety of that word in its name. Fine. But then why isn’t the Grand S II called the Grand S II Phablet? Consistency, people. If you’re desperately trying to take the ZTE Iconic Phablet seriously, here are some specs for you. It has a 5.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1 MP front camera, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a beefy 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, in a mostly stock iteration though with some additions. One of those is a multi window implementation that resembles Samsung’s but can apparently work with any app, be it native or third party. The model showcased at CES comes with 4G LTE and CDMA support, and it’s apparently likely to launch on a carrier in the US. In that case, don’t think AT&T or T-Mobile, since neither of those has a CDMA network to support it on. Pricing and availability are both still in the mystery stage at this point. But it must be cheap in order to sell even remotely well. Via...

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ZTE Grand S II announced with enhanced voice control features, high-end specs
Jan06

ZTE Grand S II announced with enhanced voice control features, high-end specs

CES is upon us, and so phone makers left and right are rushing to introduce us to their latest wares. Last year ZTE brought us the Grand S, and now it’s time for the Grand S II, it seems. The Grand S looked nice and was really thin, yet it was nothing more than a sick joke with its 1,780 mAh battery – a smartphone best used as a featurephone, then. How does the Grand S II fare? A lot better, we’re happy to report. The batter capacity for the sequel is 3,000 mAh, which is on par with most decent performers of this day and age. Aside from the wildly increased battery life, the Grand S II brings us updated specs all over. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 16 GB of built-in storage. All the usual connectivity options should be in, and Android is obviously powering the show here, though which exact version is being used is unclear. That’s because ZTE’s official introduction of the Grand S II is light on specs and details, and high on praise for the Chinese company’s voice recognition software. This allows you to unlock the phone by voice, take pictures by using your voice, and there’s also a special “My-drive” mode that tweaks things for when you’re in a car and using the handset in hands-free mode. If you’re wondering when the Grand S II will be available, where exactly, and for what price, well, you’ll be left wondering – for now. We’ll let you know when we find out more. Via...

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