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Originally announced several months earlier, the ZTE Blade Q Mini has arrived for those in the UK market. The handset has entered the entry-level lineup by way of Virgin Mobile UK. Specs include a 4-inch (800 x 480) display and dual-core processor, however the price should make up for anything lacking in the hardware.
As for the processor, that is from MediaTek and clocks in at 1.3GHz. Other key specs for the Blade Q Mini include 4G of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 1500 mAh battery. The handset is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and also sporting a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.
Of course, the basics such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS are included, as well, the handset has support for HSPA+ connectivity. Those curious, or looking to make a purchase will be able to find the Blade Q Mini direct with Virgin Mobile. The handset will be available for use with their pay-as-you-go plans and will set you back £60.
Aside from grabbing the handset directly from Virgin Mobile, it will also be available with retailers to include Argos and Sainsbury’s. Bottom line here, if you want an off-contract Android handset that is also low priced, this one may be one to consider as long as you can live with the not-so-high-end specs.
ZTE already dropped a bit of a teaser in terms of what can be expected during CES, however it looks like another handset has surfaced. This latest is called the ZTE Blade G LTE and judging from the pictures included in the FCC filing — this one will be heading towards AT&T. We obviously need an official announcement for the compete picture, however the filing did include the user manual which gave some of the basics.
The details revealed from the FCC filing include the handset having a microSD card slot, 2070 mAh battery and 5 megapixel camera on the back. There will also be WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. There wasn’t any mention of which version of Android, however speculation suggests it will arrive with Jelly Bean.
As suggested by the name — the handset will also have support for the AT&T LTE network. Otherwise, some of the finer points such as display size, processor and internal storage remain a mystery. As seen in the pictures, the handset is your basic touchscreen Android handset with the three capacitive navigation buttons along the bottom. The backside has the camera and flash sitting centered towards the top and what appears to be a speaker towards the bottom.
Aside from the Blade G LTE, ZTE recently teased how they were planning to unveil a “wide array” of devices during CES. This includes smartphones and tablets along with hotspots, phablets and other devices, which we learned meant a smartwatch. The ZTE smartwatch is going to be called the Blue Watch and from the description, it appears like it will be a cross between a smartwatch and activity tracker.
The ZTE phablet will bring a 5.7-inch display as well as wireless charging, Gorilla Glass and Dolby Digital Sound. Otherwise, without mentioning this Blade G LTE, there was mention of some AT&T devices. That said, we will be keeping an eye on ZTE as we move through CES 2014.
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ZTE has announced the latest Blade branded handsets. Or in this case, the ZTE Blade Q lineup, which include three different models. There is the Blade Q Mini, Blade Q and Blade Q Maxi which will be arriving with a 4-inch, 4.5-inch and 5.0-inch display respectively. For now, it looks like these will be heading to Europe, however the release details remain on the lighter side.
So far ZTE has said the Blade Q range will be joining the other Blade series devices, which are “already available in 23 countries in the region.” We suspect ZTE will be offering further confirmation in the not to distant future, but for now — there are plenty of details in terms of the specs.
Beginning first with the display. Aside from the size, the Mini will have a 480 x 800 resolution with the regular and Maxi model both coming in with 480 x 854. Otherwise, many of the specs are the same across the three models. For example, they will all be running Android 4.2 and powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz MTK processor.
They will all also have 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage along with GPS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and flash. The regular and Maxi model will also add in a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will vary between each with the Mini at 1500, the regular at 1800 and the Maxi at 2000 mAh.
Otherwise, connectivity will be in the form of GSM 900/1800/1900MHz and UMTS 900,2100MHz. And lastly, aside from running Jelly Bean, ZTE has said the Blade Q lineup will all come pre-loaded with “an array of must-have Google services” as well as some other apps to include Evernote and Dropbox.
SOURCE: Business Wire
ZTE is launching one of the cheapest smartphones in the UK on Virgin Mobile in a few days and unlike other budget feature phones, the new ZTE Blade V will come as a mid-range offering smartphone with an incredibly cheap price.
Specs are on the budget-end side, the ZTE Blade V will have a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 203 GPU. The phone will have a dismal 4GB of internal storage, but there is a microSD slot and cloud storage is becoming a more intriguing option.
The ZTE Blade V has a 4-inch 800 x 480 IPS display, not the 1080p or even 720p we are used to seeing from high-end smartphones and to be honest a real sour stripe if the user wants to watch videos or look at photos.
Also coming on the ZTE Blade V is a front and rear camera, the latter being a 5MP shooter with flash. The 1720mAh battery may seem a little small, but for a 480p display it is likely to run a full day with no issues.
Android 4.1.2 will come pre-loaded on the ZTE Blade V, with ZTE’s rather odd UI skin. The phone will have WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, but we do not think it will come with NFC, there is also no details on whether the WiFi will have ac protocol.
Virgin Mobile will offer the ZTE Blade V for £13 per month or £89 on a pay-as-you-go contract. Virgin Mobile customers will be able to get the phone for £71.
Our friends in the UK will gain access to another budget smartphone option on September 4 when Virgin Media begins offering the ZTE Blade V. Though this handset is on the lower end of mid-range devices, buyers will be able to grab it for less than a bill, with both on-contract and off options available.
The handset offers a 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8225Q quad-core Cortex A5 processor, with graphics coming by way of an Adreno 203 GPU. There’s 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space. The display, meanwhile, is a 4-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 800 x 480. There are both front and rear cameras, with the one around back have a 5-megapixel sensor and flash.
The battery has a capacity of 1720mAh, though there’s no mention of how long a life span users can expect from that. Software is Android 4.1.2, and connectivity is the standard WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. As we mentioned, the handset is certainly not anything to write home about, but for the price it is a solid — perhaps easily disposable — budget offering.
Those interested will be able to grab the ZTE Blade V for down to £13 monthly for a contract option, or for £89.99 for pay-as-you-go customers. Buyers who already have Virgin Media broadband, television, or a phone contract can get it for £71.99 instead, a drop of 20-percent. A purchase requires buying a minimum of £10 in top-up as well.
Remember last January when ZTE released the Grand S as the then world’s slimmest smartphone (6.9 mm)? The 5 inch flagship device had one flaw and that was it came with a non-removable 1,780 mAh battery. This was used to power up its quad core processor and Full HD display which quickly drained the battery.
ZTE is planning to correct this flaw by releasing the ZTE Grand S Flex which offers the same specifications and features as the Grand S but this time around will come with a 2300 mAh capacity battery. Of course the increase in battery capacity also means that this upcoming device will have a much thicker body. Reports indicate that this new model will be first released in France this coming September.
ZTE Grand S Flex Specifications (based on the Grand S)
- Display: 5-inch HD LCD (1920 x 1080)
- 4G LTE / Wi-Fi
- 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (Quad-core)
- OS: Android 4.1
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 2MP front-facing camera (1080p video)
- 13MP rear-camera w/ LED flash & AF (1080p video)
- 3.5mm audio port
- Micro-USB port
Also expected to launch later this year is the ZTE Blade G. This will become the latest model in the Blade series. The Blade series of smartphones is known for the amount of features they offer at an affordable price. The upcoming ZTE Blade G will sport a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854. It will be using a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual core processor and have 5 12 MB of RAM. It uses a 2000mAh battery and is expected to hit the market this summer.
The company will also be releasing the ZTE Grand X2 In this September in France. No pricing details have been released so far.
ZTE is a Chinese company that is considered as the world’s fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer since 2012. The company is also the fifth largest telecom equipment maker since 2011.
Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (or ZTE) is the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, and they have some pretty nice phones out there in the market. They’ve got some famous Android phones like the ZTE Blade and the company was in the news recently for a phone called ZTE Athena which when launched would supposedly be the thinnest smartphone in the world. They also make some good Windows Phone devices, and one such modest device from them is the ZTE Render. The Render was launched back in February and is also called as ZTE Orbit.
For all the Windows Phone fans on US Cellular, ZTE Render is now available on US Cellular. Yes, the timing seems a bit odd, but U.S. Cellular has always maintained a lean lineup of Windows Phone devices. Customers of U.S. Cellular never really had options when it came to Windows Phone platform because the carrier has been offering just a single Windows Phone handset from HTC. Well, that’s changed now, but it’s a late realization nevertheless.
The device itself is cheap. It will cost $179 on a two year agreement and is coupled with a $100 mail-in rebate, so technically $79 is the effective price. For this price, you will be getting a device which is equipped with 4 inch WVGA screen, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 (MSM7627A) processor, 5MP auto-focus camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and will be booting Windows Phone 7.5 Tango.
Yes, that’s right, it will be running Windows Phone 7.5. It’s perhaps a bad timing for inclusion of such a device when the next gen mobile operating system from Microsoft, the Windows Phone 8, is right around the corner.
Microsoft has already made it clear that current Windows Phone 7.5 devices won’t be receiving upgrade to Windows Phone 8. One main reason behind this move is that with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has moved on from Windows CE architecture to Windows NT kernel, so the new OS will be having many of its components borrowed from Windows 8, which in turn will allow applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. However, ZTE Render will be a good complement for US Cellular’s only other Windows Phone device, the sliding QWERTY HTC 7 Pro by offering a touch-screen only option.
For those who fear that their Windows Phone device will be obsolete when Windows Phone 8 devices start appearing in the market, Microsoft has promised that they will be upgrading all the current devices to Windows Phone 7.8 which will bring certain elements from Windows Phone 8 to older devices, so it’s not like the current devices won’t be supported down the road.
The pricing of ZTE Render is pretty good and affordable, and is a great option for US Cellular customers who are looking for a touchscreen only Windows Phone. What are your thoughts on this device? Would you buy a WP device at this time or rather wait for WP 8 device. Let us know using the comment form below.
If you’re an Android fan, you must have surely heard of ZTE Blade. ZTE Blade is basically a phone manufactured by China’s ZTE Corporation for the Android platform that is extremely popular and is sold under different brand names in different countries. It is available in customized versions with different cameras and touchscreen displays.
The original ZTE Blade makes use of not so powerful Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz and has 512 MB RAM, but at the time of launch, the specs were considered just fine. After the success of ZTE Blade, the company announced a successor called ZTE Blade II in February 2012. The successor of ZTE Blade houses exactly the same 3.5 inches 480 x 800 pixels display, but has seen upgrade in the form of 1 GHz processor and 5 megapixel camera as opposed to 600 MHz processor and 3.5 megapixel camera. Apart from this, it has all the features that an average Android device has, and the phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is like cherry on the top.
ZTE Blade II has been welcomed very well, and the company is already ready with another successor, dubbed as ZTE Blade III. The Blade III has not been announced or revealed by ZTE yet, however, one Finnish retailer, Verkkokauppa.com, who might not have understood the memo regarding secrecy, has revealed promotional images of the phone. Along with the images, the retailer has also published a full spec sheet. The images show a white design and the device looks strikingly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
According to the leaked specs, the device will be powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with 512MB of RAM. Like its predecessor, the 3rd version will also sport a 3.5 inch WVGA TFT display, and a 5MP camera will do its job in the photography department.
The design is just fine, and there’s nothing revolutionary about it. This device will obviously come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. The specs makes it a mid range phone and will cost our European friends €199 a pop. Taking a look at specs sheet, the phone definitely doesn’t seem worth more than its €199 asking price and it looks like it is a redesigned Blade II.
The phone isn’t expected to actually ship over the next few weeks. Blade III doesn’t seem to be that far from release, so we hope to see this device at the IFA show in Berlin next week.
If you wanted to take a look at the specs, below is the full specs sheet:
• GSM frequencies: 900/1800/1900MHz
• 3G frequencies: 900/2100MHz
• CPU: 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
• OS: Google Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
• Screen: 3.5.inch TFT capacitive touch, 56K colors, 480×800 resolution
• Camera: 5.0-megapixel (2592×1944), AF, LED flash, Geo-Tagging, video, front facing camera
• Memory: 200 MB internal flash, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot
• Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), HSUPA, Wlan (b/g/n, Hotspot), Bluetooth v2.1 (A2DP-Bluetooth-stereo), microUSB v2.0
• Other: Internal GPS receiver, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Talk, FM-radio (RDS)
• Battery: Li-Ion
• Size: 115.1 x 57.9 x 10.9 mm
• Weight: 113 g
The particular page at Verkkokauppa.com that sells the ZTE Blade III for €199.90 is still up. On the page, the retailer shows off three pics and the specs appear to be final. Keeping the retailer’s size in mind, they don’t like the ones who would create a product page based on rumors, and hence it would be reasonable to conclude that this leak is indeed legit. According to the retailer, the device should be shipping in 2 to 4 weeks of time. What are your thoughts on ZTE Blade III? Would you buy this device? Connect with us using the comment form below.
ZTE Corporation (Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation) has become pretty much of a household name recently. ZTE is a Chinese company which is also fifth largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world (in terms of revenue) and fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer (in terms of units) on our planet. Some of the notable Android phones from ZTE include ZTE Blade. ZTE was in news recently for ZTE Athena, a phone that when launched will set a record for being thinnest smartphone in world. Current record holder is Oppo Finder, but ZTE Athena will supposedly beat Oppo Finder by 0.3mm, which itself has a thickness of mere 6.2mm. Besides being the thinnest, Athena will also have much powerful internal hardware and is rumored to have Cortex A15 processor on board.
Athena will make into the market soon, but at the same time, ZTE has some nice phones to offer. Images of ZTE Flash, a new high end Android smartphone for Sprint, have leaked into the internets. The phone will be great addition to Sprint’s existing LTE smartphone line up.
The phone boasts pretty healthy specifications. Below is the list that you should be expecting from this device.
• Android 4.0
• 4.5″ HD IPS display (1280×720) with Gorilla Glass front
• 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU (MSM8960)
• 12.6MP main camera with LED flash and autofocus, 1.3 MP front
• NFC support for Android Beam and mobile payment support
• 8GB storage + microSDXC card support
• 1GB RAM
• Bluetooth 4.0
• .38 inches (9.6mm) thick
• Custom ZTE overlay
ZTE Flash will be the first high end Android phone from ZTE to make into Sprint’s device offering. ZTE is famous for low end and mid range phones. The company is aiming October 14th as device’s launch date, which could also mean that carrier ideas to push the phone frequently during holiday sales at the end of the year.
What remains to be seen is if the manufacturer will roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update soon after the launch, as ZTE Flash will be ZTE’s first high end phone on a US carrier, and also ZTE has re-launched many of its smartphone devices in China with Jelly Bean running out of the box in order to capture market shares.
Nevertheless, the specs look great, but there is no correct information on the price tag it will be carrying. We will keep our eyes wide open for any updated information on Flash, so watch this space. Will this device find a slot on your wishlist? Let us know your thoughts using comment form below.
We saw the ZTE Blade V880 make its official outing at MWC in February, and given how quickly sequels to other phones have been coming out this year we’d say it’s ripe for a successor. Enter the ZTE V881, a device that essentially adds a +1 to a few of its parent’s specs: a 3.8-inch touchscreen at WVGA (800 x 480) resolution, a Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. There’s no availability date as of yet, but it appears poised and ready to cost around 1000 yuan (around $160) when that time comes. Head over to our friends at Engadget Chinese for a couple more pics.
ZTE V881 is Blade’s successor, adds modest bumps in specs originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 23:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You all may remember the ZTE Blade, better know as the Orange San Francisco budget phone that was launched late last year. It ended up being more successful than many probably thought and now they have the big brother set to debut. This is the Orange San Francisco II and it should be available late this month.
It should be available on Orange’s pay monthly plans by the end of the month but no specific date was actually given. Along with the details we also have a hands-on video below. The SGII is also known as the ZTE Crescent features a 3.5″ display, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, 5 megapixel camera with VGA front all powered by a single-core 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Here is the video for your viewing pleasure:
San Francisco II
The Orange San Francisco II may not be a powerhouse or sport a dual-core processor, but the price is just as low as those quite decent specs. Coming in at £99 ($155) on an Orange PAYG plan or free with their pay monthly offerings. Either way this is a pretty decent phone for the price but most likely it’ll only be available on Orange UK. So anyone over in San Fran most likely wont be buying this phone any time soon.
[via Orange UK]