Jan 02 AT 5:27 PM Nick Gray 7 Comments

ZTE announces five Android smartphones and its first smartwatch


ZTE is set to grab some serious attention this year at CES, announcing five new Android phones and the company’s very first smartwatch – the ZTE BlueWatch. The announcement from ZTE is more of a tease for what’s to come at CES, but we were given a few details regarding the features that ZTE’s new devices will offer.

ZTE Grand S II Listed as ZTE’s latest high-end Android phone, the ZTE Grand S II is the first device to offer ZTE’s very own voice control technology, enabling voice recognition unlocking and “voice-to-phone photography.” ZTE did note that the grand S II will feature triple-MIC noise reduction for improved voice calling, but they failed to mention the size of the display and processor.

ZTE nubia 5S and nubia 5S mini Both devices come with “screaming-fast” quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and “professional-grade” camera hardware. The ZTE nubia 5S is highlighted with a 5-inch Sharp 1080p FHD display, 13 megapixel camera with a Sony RS sensor and 4K video capture. The ZTE nubia 5S mini is slightly smaller with a 4.7-inch Sharp IGZO display and hopes to capture the hearts of consumers with its vast array of color options.

ZTE Sonata 4G ZTE’s partnership with Aio Wireless gets a boost with a new 4G LTE phone. The ZTE Sonata 4G comes packed with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, 4-inch display and a 1780mAh battery.

ZTE Iconic Phablet Powered by a dual-core processor, ZTE’s phablet (isn’t it nice that the word in now official?) sports a 5.7-inch HD display protected with Gorilla Glass, wireless charging, multi-windows support and Dolby Digital Sound.

ZTE BlueWatch Like many other smartphone makers, ZTE is also testing out the wearables market by introducing a smartwatch, which acts as a pedometer, remote camera controller, caller ID and access to Facebook and Twitter.

Most consumers in Europe and the US still struggle to recognize ZTE as a trusted brand, but that may change in 2014. Do you think ZTE will be able to compete in the high-end Android segment with Samsung, LG, HTC Sony and Motorola? Or is the company destined to scrape the bottom of the barrel for another year or two?

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ZTE is More Than Smartphones; Company Debuts a Wide Array of High-Tech Devices at CES 2014

2014 International CES

LAS VEGAS–()–ZTE, one of the top global handset manufacturers, will unveil a range of high-performance smartphones and consumer electronics products to meet the needs of today’s consumers. ZTE’s newest devices include a variety of solutions, including the Grand S II flagship smartphone with cutting edge voice control technology, a mobile hotspot with a built-in projector, a new smart watch and a phablet with dual screen functionality, among others.

“ZTE has been developing a portfolio of fantastic consumer electronics on top of the smartphones for which we’ve become well known”

“ZTE has been developing a portfolio of fantastic consumer electronics on top of the smartphones for which we’ve become well known,” said Mr. Zeng Xuezhong, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “This year, we will be focusing on pairing unique designs with unparalleled technology in order to offer customers the best possible experience at an affordable price.”

World-class Smartphones

The second-generation flagship smartphone Grand S II is the latest evolution in ZTE’s high-end Grand Series line. As ZTE’s first high-precision voice phone, the Grand S II features the latest intelligent voice control technology, enabling voice recognition unlocking and voice-to-phone photography. The Grand S II also offers a host of high-precision audio features, including triple-MIC noise reduction for more natural and clearer voice calls.

ZTE further expands its flagship line of handsets with the nubia 5S and nubia 5S mini, the next generation in its nubia series. Both devices feature screaming-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processors, and professional-grade photography hardware and software characteristic of the nubia series. The larger nubia 5S features a five-inch Sharp 1080p FHD display, a 13 MP camera with a Sony RS sensor, F2,0 aperture, DSLR-like photo options, and 4K Ultra HD video capture, while the nubia 5S mini features a 4.7-inch Sharp IGZO display and comes in an array of colorful finishes.

ZTE is also bringing a new, blazing-fast, 4G smartphone to market in partnership with Aio Wireless. The ZTE Sonata 4Gâ„¢ comes packed with a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ 400 processor with 1.4 GHz Dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM for quick browsing and multi-tasking. The ZTE Sonata is also fitted with a 5 MP camera with flash, capable of 720p video capture, a vivid 4” display, and a 1780mAh battery.

Phablets, Hotspots and Other Devices

On the larger-format side of the spectrum, ZTE is debuting its very first Iconic Phablet. This device features a smart viewer that allows two applications to be simultaneously displayed on the screen, and it’s equipped with a Quad-core processor, and a 5.7” HD screen complete with Gorilla Glass, Dolby Digital Sound and a wireless charging feature.

ZTE has also developed a mini projector and Wi-Fi hotspot all-in-one, the Projector Hotspot. This device is great for streaming and sharing visual content whether you’re in the office, at home (inside or outside) or in the classroom. With its compact size, the unit can provide 4G access for up to eight clients simultaneously.

ZTE is also introducing its first smart watch, the BlueWatch, which features a built-in pedometer, and records and analyzes data around the clock, giving users access to interesting “quantified self” information like body fat percentage. The watch tethers to a smartphone via Bluetooth, enabling on-wrist control of calls, content, photography, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Lastly, ZTE is working with AT&T to develop the AT&T Wireless Home Base device, which allows users to connect their home telephone to the AT&T wireless network, and enjoy unlimited local and long distance calling for $20 per month. No telephone jack is required; plug your home phone into ZTE’s device in the kitchen, bedroom, on vacation or anywhere there’s an electrical outlet.

ZTE’s latest technology will be on display at ZTE’s booth at CES 2014, located at South Hall 4, booth 31431. More information is also available at http://www.cesweb.org.

About ZTE Mobile Devices

ZTE Mobile Devices is a division of ZTE Corporation, a global telecommunications equipment, networks and mobile devices company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. ZTE is a publicly traded company listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. ZTE is one of the Top 5 mobile handset and smartphone manufacturers in the world, according to global industry analyst IDC. The company produces a complete range of mobile devices, including mobile phones, tablets, mobile broadband modems and hotspots and family desktop integration terminals. A global leader, ZTE has partnerships with more than 230 major carriers and distributors in over 160 countries and regions around the globe. It also has strategic partnerships with 47 of the world’s top 50 carriers.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • hurracayne

    is this a pre press release before CES? or will it be more

  • aranea

    If the price and features are right I’d consider ZTE

  • eating rice

    the chinese are coming!!!!!!!!!

  • Kate Shaeffer

    The new SMART Q Z-WATCH ($155) rivals the Samsung Galaxy watch at nearly half the price — Tab l e t Sp r i nt — is one of the first U.S. resellers and also adds in premium earphones and an extra watch band strap as part of an introductory promotion.

    Smart Devices introduced the world’s first tablet with a built-in DLP projector – winning a prestigious 2013 CTIA E-Tech Award; and now its Smart Q Z-watch is gaining notice for its features and design.

    • Kate Shaeffer

      TabletSprint — also features five new Android tablet models to launch in January… worth checking out.

  • rr2009

    How about the price?

  • donger

    Didn’t work…