Last year, ZTE introduced us to the Spro smart projector that eventually came to the states as the LivePro on Sprint. At CES 2015, ZTE has just announced the second generation Spro, aptly named the Spro 2. The Spro 2 is an Android-powered smart projector and mobile hotspot. It can connect to WiFI and 4G LTE and can stream content from Google Play apps, microSD cards, USB storage, HDMI or Wi-Fi connections for devices such as game consoles.
The Spro 2′s projector can beam content at a size of up to 120-inches and features auto-focus for 720p resolution. It has a maximum brightness of 700 lumens and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. As a mobile hotspot, the Spro 2 can allow up to eight devices to connect and use 4G LTE. For specs, the ZTE Spro 2 features a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, 2.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Android 4.4. KitKat, microSDXC support up to 2TB and a 6300mAh battery that equates to about three hours of media streaming and projecting.
ZTE will sell the Spro 2 in coordination with US carriers in early 2015.
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“The Spro 2 is our next generation smart projector with an improved consumer experience that was updated based on consumer insights and product reviews,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO at ZTE USA. “The Spro 2 increases the practicality of purchasing a mobile projector, hotspot or media streaming device and we are excited to continue pioneering this category in 2015.”
The new Spro 2 is the first smart projector to feature auto focus and auto keystone. The projector has an excellent short throw ratio, a native resolution of 1280 x 720 and projects HD images up to 120-inches with a brightness of 200 lumens. As a mobile hotspot, the Spro 2 supports eight devices via 4G LTE networks.
A large 6300 mAh lithium ion battery provides approximately three hours of media streaming. With dimensions of only 5.1 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches the Spro 2 easily fits in a carry all bag, briefcase or backpack.
The Spro 2 is a mobile media streaming device that delivers a unique experience compared to any other product currently available. Imagine the ultimate go anywhere do anything mobile office; gaming wherever and whenever; impromptu outdoor movie nights; or a bedroom ceiling that becomes a second screen.
“The Spro 2 is the only mobile projector powered by the Android platform or to include a mobile hotspot,” said Jeff Yee, Vice President of Technology Planning and Partnerships at ZTE USA. “You can have an impactful presentation or entertainment experience on a big-screen without planning around a destination. Instead, it’s always with you, from the boardroom to the living room or even outdoors.”
Following the smart projector’s debut at CES 2014, it was made commercially available with Sprint in July as the Sprint LivePro. A no-contract version was later made available for purchase online as the ZTE Spro, a Wi-Fi-only version of ZTE’s original smart projector. The Spro 2 will be available with major US wireless carriers in early 2015.