ZTE Tempo Go is the first Android Oreo Go Edition phone to be launched in the US

ZTE unveiled three new smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, the Blade V9 and V9 Vita, as well as the Tempo Go. You can see what the first two look like and what they have to offer in our recent story, so let’s take an in-depth look at the third ZTE device unveiled this week – the Tempo Go.

ZTE Tempo Go is most likely the first Android Oreo Go Edition handset to make its debut in the United States. According to ZTE, the smartphone will hit the shelves sometime in March for only $80.

Given the low price, don’t expect a high-end hardware configuration or a mid-range one for …

ZTE Blade X2 Max coming soon to Cricket Wireless

The Blade V9 is not the only smartphone ZTE plans to introduce in the United States this spring, but it might be one of the few high-tier devices coming from the Chinese handset maker.

It appears that a mid-range Android phone that goes by the name of ZTE Blade X2 Max will be available in the US via Cricket Wireless, though details about release date and price remain a mystery.

In fact, aside from a picture of the device that was obtained by AndroidAuthority, no other information about the smartphone was made public. However, we expect this one to be a mid-range phone since it’s …

ZTE Axon 7's Android Oreo update will bring a near-stock UI, improved battery life

ZTE USA today announced that owners of the Axon 7 smartphone can now register to be part of an Android 8 Oreo beta program – in order to test the software update before ZTE can publicly release it.  
Launched as a flagship phone back in 2016, the ZTE Axon 7 initially ran Android 6 Marshmallow, and was updated to Android 7 Nougat in 2017. According to ZTE, following “a request voiced by consumers,” the Android 8 Oreo update will bring a near-stock Android experience to the Axon 7. Apparently, users aren’t too fond of ZTE’s own MiFavor UI that the phone originally …

Budget-friendly ZTE Blade V9 to be unveiled at MWC 2018 before launching in the US

ZTE Blade V9 is kind of an elusive device having already missed launch window early this year. The budget-friendly Android smartphone was supposed to be unveiled in January at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, but for some reason, ZTE has decided to delay the announcement.

It appears that sources familiar with ZTE’s plans claim that Blade V9 will finally be introduced later this month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 trade fair.

Why is the ZTE Blade V9 so important? Well, this could become the cheapest Android smartphone in the US to feature an 18:9 display. Since ZTE inadvertently …

ZTE Blade V9 with Android Oreo and 18:9 display may soon be launched in the US

The Blade V9 is the next Android smartphone ZTE is likely to introduce in the United States. It won’t be the first Blade series handset to go on sale in the US, and most likely not the last, but the phone will certainly mark a premiere. The Blade V9 could be ZTE’s first smartphone powered by Android Oreo to make its debut in the US.

The device was recently spotted at FCC (Federal Communication Commission), which indicates ZTE might ready the Blade V9 for a US release. As far as specs go, this looks like a decent mid-range device.

The phone sports a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 …

Huawei, ZTE heavily reduce lobbying expenditures in the US, but remain sponsors of telecom events

It looks like Huawei and ZTE, the two big Chinese handset makers that are trying to penetrate the US smartphone market, have decided to take a pause stop pouring money into the pockets of US lobbyists.

If Huawei spent no less than $1.2 million back 2012 for lobbying in the US, the company spent just $50,000 last year, down from $348,500 in 2016. That’s quite a huge gap for Huawei, as the company is trying to convince the US government that it’s not a threat to national security.

On the other hand, ZTE usually spent between $130,000 and $240,000 every quarter from 2014 to 2015, for …

ZTE Axon 7 starts getting Android Oreo beta in the US

ZTE announced back in December that the Axon 7 will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo at some point this year. Although the handset maker did not provide customers with a timeline, previous reports claimed the update may hit the Axon 7 as early as April.

We’re happy to report that ZTE might indeed keep its promise since an Android Oreo beta program is now in full swing in the United States. As a matter fact, the first beta build has already been rolled out to some ZTE Axon 7 users in the country who are part of the beta program.

Although we don’t have a full changelog of the first Android …

Mystery ZTE phone gets certified by Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.1 installed; is it the Axon 8?

ZTE is not a brand that dominates the conversation around the dinner table in the states, although its profile might have received a little boost with the release of the ZTE Axon M. The dual-screened folding phone (yeah, we said it) may not offer the form factor that the Samsung Galaxy X will, but these are still early days for this category. We digress. What we want to discuss now is a new mystery model from ZTE that was just certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Carrying the model number Z2321U, the Wi-Fi Alliance lists the device as an LTE/CDMA Multi-Mode Digital Mobile Phone. More interesting …

US bill plans to prevent government from working with firms that use Huawei and ZTE technology

It looks like Chinese smartphones makers will have a hard time selling their products in the United States. After the failed partnership between Huawei and major carrier AT&T, it appears that another Chinese giant, ZTE, will have problems signing agreements with certain firms in the US.

A Republican lawmaker announced earlier this week that it has introduced legislation aimed specifically at Huawei and ZTE. The bill that was made public this Friday is supposed to prevent the federal government from working with companies that use equipment made by Huawei and …

ZTE to release a 5G-ready smartphone in the US by early 2019

ZTE is dead serious about its mobile business in the United States. After pledging to expand its foldable smartphone portfolio in the country, ZTE has just announced another premiere for the company.

ZTE’s chief executive officer, Lixin Cheng recently confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg that his company plans to launch a smartphone with 5G capabilities in the United States at the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

Obviously, ZTE might change these plans depending on how the 5G network coverage and equipment evolve in the coming months. ZTE’s Cheng said that …