New ZTE Quartz photos reveal circular, metallic design

ZTE is planning to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch sometime later this year. Likely called ZTE Quartz, the wearable device first showed up in a render back in January. Now, Android Police published a set of photos showing the real ZTE Quartz (not renders), confirming some of the device’s features.

The ZTE Quartz (model number ZW10) runs Android Wear 2.0, and sports a circular display of unknown size and pixel resolution. There’s a metal bezel around the screen, plus a small button on the upper right side. It’s unclear if the smartwatch comes with LTE connectivity, but it should …


The first software update for the ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings performance enhancements and more

Following its release just under two months ago, the ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone is now receiving its first official software update. The device is still running Android 6.0.1 with ZTE’s custom interface, and as great as it would have been to get Nougat running on the phone this early on, the new software fixes a lot of little issues that the V8 Pro has had since it launched.

For starters, this over-the-air update squashes the bug that forced the music app to close after being opened for 15 minutes and the one that caused issues with syncing the correct …

The ZTE Z986 has been spotted online; includes Android 7.1.1 and a massive 6-inch screen

Throughout 2016 and even so far in 2017, ZTE has proven to know a thing or two about what it takes to create a quality smartphone that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Last year’s Axon 7 lineup and ZMAX Pro proved to be some of the best smartphones for their price range, and this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is where we were first introduced to the commendable Blade V8 Pro.

ZTE already has some true winners under its belt, but the company is nowhere near to calling it quits. ZTE took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2017 to announce the Blade V8 Mini and V8 Lite, and a new …

ZTE agrees to pay $1.19 billion record fine for selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea

Huawei and ZTE have been banned from selling their products and services to U.S. government back in 2013, but while the ban was lifted for the former, the latter remained under scrutiny.

U.S. government agencies found that telecoms equipment from the Chinese companies posed a national security risk. On top of that, authorities in the United States have been investigating ZTE since 2012 over allegations it sold software and equipment made in the U.S. to Iran.

ZTE won U.S. government’s mercy after a series of talks with Washington officials, and the company was allowed to export …

ZTE is looking into the 5G future with the ZTE Gigabit Phone

The 5G era is not too far away. However, most smartphone manufacturers are in no hurry of exploring it, trying to focus on solid present-day devices, instead of dreaming about the future. But other brands, such as ZTE, are looking to push towards new and exciting technologies, as they try to play with the big boys.

This is probably why ZTE just announced that it will have a “forward-looking” device on display at MWC – the ZTE Gigabit Phone. According to the Chinese company, the handset will be setting new standards for download speeds, at 1 Gbps. This should allow …

ZTE Quartz smartwatch leaks out, circular display and Android Wear 2.0 on board

Last month, during CES 2017, ZTE confirmed that it was working on an Android Wear smartwatch – its very first such device. According to Venture Beat, the smartwatch is called ZTE Quartz, and we can take a look at it in the leaked image above.

Like many other smartwatches currently on the market (not including the Apple Watch, of course), the ZTE Quarts sports a circular display in order to resemble a traditional timepiece.

For now, there aren’t too many details on the features of the ZTE Quartz, but we know that this should come with 3G/LTE connectivity, …

The ZTE BA602 has been outed with a fingerprint sensor, 3GB of RAM, and more

We’re quickly nearing the end of January, and although 2017 is still in its infancy, ZTE has already been off to a fairly solid start. The company had quite a bit to talk about at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, including the unveiling of the ZTE Blade V8 Pro and the announcement that Project CSX (also dubbed as Hawkeye) has officially made its way to the crowdfunding stage for a release later this fall. Following those two handsets, a recent sighting from the TENAA (China’s version of the FCC here in the States) has revealed that yet another ZTE-branded handset …

Yota aims for mass market success after buyout

It’s fair to say that the global launch of Yota Device’s last E-Ink smartphone didn’t quite go to plan. Despite positive reviews and a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Russian startup was forced to scale back its US plans significantly following a manufacturing issue. That sad state of affairs goes a long way to explaining why it’s just accepted an large investment that puts a majority 64.9-percent stake in its company in the hands of Hong Kong-based investment company REX Global.

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Despite the company now being mostly Chinese-owned, Yota Devices will continue to operate out of Russia, where the majority of its 100 employees are based. The 35.1 percent of the company not snapped up by REX is divided between its long-term investors Rostec (25.1 percent) and Yota Management (10 percent).

Vladislav Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, explains to Engadget that his company was looking for “not just a one-time investment, but long-term access to financial resources.” He’s quick to stress that the company “was not in a financial crisis,” and could have continued to profitably exist “as a niche company that sells a product in a few markets.” However, its ambitions lie elsewhere. It’s hoping REX Global will enable it not only to build quality smartphones, but provide the “significant financial resources” required to sell and market those devices globally. Put more simply: it won’t need to work with small manufacturers and scrounge for funding on Indiegogo anymore.

Under the terms of the acquisition, REX has committed to invest an $50 million — the first cash injection but not the last, says Martynov — to help Yota grow. It’s now got a deal in place with ZTE to build its next-generation YotaPhone, which is penciled in for a launch in the first half of next year. The ZTE deal could be a sign of things to come, as Martynov notes that REX’s majority shareholders have strong connections with the Chinese business community and telecoms market. Martynov says the company also has “a pipeline of different products” in planning, and it’ll use this immediate investment “to bring these from the concept phase to the mass market.”

ZTE Elegant Axon Pro phone

As ZTE’s marquee handset, the Axon Pro sports three color options, a metal body and a sharp display. Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE launched its inaugural flagship device today during a New York press conference. Known as the Axon Pro, the handset is available in the US directly to buyers with a $449.98 price tag (£288 or AU$604, converted).

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Three color variants
The handset has a metal back plate and comes in three color variants: silver, gold, and a dark blue with gold accents.

A premium aesthetic
The phone measures 6.06 by 2.9 by 0.37 inches (154 by 75 by 9.3mm). Though it doesn’t look as slim and sleek as some high-end Nubia handsets (which is a subsidiary of the ZTE brand), it still has a solid build quality.

A dash of style
An intricate webbed pattern decorates the Axon Pro near the top and bottom bezels as well as around the rear cameras.

The 1,440p display up close
The 5.5-inch display is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has an ultrasharp 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution. At 534ppi, images and video are crystal clear and text look refined.

Two cameras on the back
The device has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. On the back is a 13-megapixel shooter that can record 4K HD. A second 2-megapixel “Omni Vision” lens, which sits above the standard camera, lets you adjust a photo’s depth of field after you’ve clicked the shutter.

Taking a photo in a snap
Along with a volume rocker, the right edge houses a textured shortcut button below the power key for quick access to the camera.

Snapdragon 810 processor inside
Powering the handset is a 2GHz octo-core Snapdragon 810 processor and an Adreno 450 GPU. A nonremovable 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology from Qualcomm provide its juice.

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ZTE launches marquee handset for the US
The ZTE Axon Pro is a powerful phone with a competitive unlocked price. Though steadily growing, ZTE’s reputation in the US remains relatively small, and the Axon Pro will require aggressive campaigning to gain consumer attention. Click here to learn more about ZTE phones.

ZTE bringing its ‘borderless’ Nubia Z9 smartphone to the US

ZTE’s flagship Nubia Z9, which features a nearly borderless display, is coming to the United States in Q3 of this year. The phone will retail at prices between $564 and $725, depending on how much storage and RAM you prefer. (The high-end $725 “Exclusive” model also adds in a fingerprint sensor, which is actually integrated into the side of the Z9 rather than a home button or other implementations we’ve seen.

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All three feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display and are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, putting the Nubia Z9 on par with flagship phones from more well-known manufacturers here in the US. Those barely-there side bezels allow ZTE to add some unique gesture controls and app shortcuts through what it calls Frame Interactive Technology. If you can get used to some of the quirky gestures, ZTE says they’ll ultimately save you time.

By adopting Nubia’s Frame interactive Technology (FiT), the Nubia Z9 allows users to control their phones by using grip and gesture based controls, such as touching the edge of the screen. For instance, users can quickly launch the camera feature by simply turning the phone sideways and placing four fingertips on the edge of the screen or take a one-handed selfie by squeezing the handset without touching any buttons. With FiT technology, users will reduce the average smartphone process to 2.7 steps as compared to traditional smartphones. In addition, the nubia Z9’s new ergonomic design makes it easier to hold the phone and less likely to drop it.

ZTE announced its coming US launch via a billboard in Times Square, seen above. Rival Huawei just announced that its less sightly P8 Lite is also coming to the US at a cheap, unlocked price of $249.99. It’s by no means what you’d call a flagship, ditching the metal finish from Huawei’s top phones for a plastic construction and running an older version of Android (4.4 versus 5.0, which ships on the Nubia Z9). So it seems ZTE is taking the US market a bit more seriously — or at least doing more to impress the many consumers unfamiliar with its brand. Of course, it’s also priced much higher, and that alone could prove difficult for ZTE to overcome when lined up against Samsung and LG.