On Tuesday, the National Basketball League will start its season and one of the teams playing in the evening’s doubleheader has a new sponsor. The Houston Rockets, along with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, have each partnered with ZTE. The Chinese telecommunications company is the official smartphone sponsor for those three teams. The sponsorship entails involvement in local communities with each team and its charities.
This is just adds to the plethora of NBA sponsors, past and present, from the wireless industry. For the entire league, companies like Samsung and Sprint are sponsors. On a team-by-team basis, just about everyone has a sponsorship somewhere.
ZTE now Official Smartphone Sponsor of New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors
ZTE announces its big-three NBA partners, tripling its commitment in the US smartphone market
New York, NY, October 27, 2014—ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S.*, today announced it will become the official smartphone sponsor of the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Following a successful sponsorship season with the Houston Rockets, ZTE is continuing its partnership with the Rockets and teaming up with the Knicks and Warriors for the 2014 – 2015 NBA season. As part of the partnership, ZTE will increase its commitment to local communities by supporting charitable initiatives such as the Rocket’s Season of Giving, the Knick’s Garden of Dreams, and the Warriors Community Phone Drive, where fans are encouraged to bring their old phones to donate to the Warriors’ charity benefiting underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“This announcement reinforces our commitment to building the ZTE brand in the United States and highlights our commitment to investing in the communities in which we live and work,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “These three teams are a perfect match as strategic partners for ZTE’s corporate sponsorship in the U.S., and combined, ZTE and all three global brands bring powerful lineups that will excite both sports and tech enthusiasts across the country. We look forward to building on our already 16-year track record of bringing robust, yet affordable premium smartphone to U.S. carriers and consumers alike.”
“ZTE is a leading global smartphone brand and a great addition to the Knicks’ roster of world-class partners,” said Mr. Smith. “As the Official Smartphone of the Knicks, ZTE will be synonymous with a world-class franchise and will have a powerful platform to showcase its brand to Knicks fans throughout the tri-state area.”
“We’re excited to announce ZTE USA as the Official Smartphone of the Golden State Warriors for the coming season and beyond,” said Rick Welts, President and Chief Operating Officer of Golden State Warriors. “With the Bay Area being a hub for all things technology, we have no doubt that this partnership with ZTE USA will resonate well with our fan base.”
“Coming off of a very successful partnership during the 2013-2014 season, we’re happy to announce the continuation of our relationship with ZTE as the Official Smartphone of the Houston Rockets,” said * Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Market Share: Q2 2014
Rockets CEO Tad Brown. “As two Texas-based companies, we share a core value in giving back to the communities in which we operate, and we’re excited to build off of all the great momentum we cultivated last year and take this partnership to the next level.”
In the U.S., ZTE is on its way to greater market awareness as one of the fastest growing handset manufactures in the space. ZTE is the fourth largest smartphone brand in the U.S., second largest in pre-paid and third in Android market share and plans to continue building its presence in the U.S. with more branded devices and investments to become a household name in the United States.
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ZTE has officially launched the ZTE V5 Max which is part of its line of V5 series, budget-oriented smartphones. Although not a top-tier phone, we can see how the whole market is rising by taking a look at some of the specs for this new device. The ZTE V5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 pixels being run by a Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor. Currently the device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat loaded, with ZTE’s Nubia UI running on top of it. With the 64-bit processor included, ZTE should be able to take advantage of Android Lollipop if they decide to go down that path.
Other specs include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device does come with a microSD slot that can handle a 32GB card for additional space. For cameras, the ZTE V5 Max gets a 13 MP rear-facing shooter and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. The smartphone will come with a 3,100mAh battery that is removable.
The ZTE V5 Max will be priced at RMB$999 ($163 USD) when it starts selling in China.
source: GSM Insider
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ZTE have been on a streak recently releasing a ton of solid mid-range devices including the Grand X Max and the ZMax, but for the first time in a long time the budget-friendly manufacturer is preparing to launch a flaghship. With plans to launch on the 23rd (this Thursday), the ZTE Z5 takes some design cues from Nokia’s Lumia devices.
Not much is known about the device but according to ZTE, the Z5 will feature a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a Neovision professional camera interface. According to their press material it is also supposed to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, but considering Google’s Nexus devices haven’t shipped with the new OS, its safe to assume that the Z5 will ship with Android 4.4 and will be updated to 5.0. The company is also expected to launch an NBA variant due to their partnership with the Houston Rockets. Let us know in the comments if ZTE’s upcoming flagship tickles your fancy.
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Looking for a larger than life display on your Cricket Wireless account? Cricket aims to deliver that experience with the ZTE Grand X Max on October 10th. The Grand X Max continues on ZTE’s push for large displays at affordable prices in the US.
The Grand X Max offers up a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1 MP front facing camera, 3,200 mAh battery, a 6-inch HD display and sports Android 4.4 KitKat. As for storage it comes with just *GB, but does offer micro SD card support. The Grand X Max also has the Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 built-in that helps charge the large battery quicker than your usual rates. However, Quick Charge 1.0 is older tech as Qualcomm has since moved to Quick Charge 2.0. That is what you find in the Motorola Turbo Charger that can give you 8 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge. Still, Quick Charge 1.0 is better than nothing.
Pricing is identical to the slightly more powerful T-Mobile variant, ZTE ZMax, at $199.99 and will be available online and in Cricket stores starting October 10th.
Full press release at Cricket Wireless.
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Cricket Wireless on Tuesday announced the upcoming launch of its next smartphone, the ZTE Grand X Max. Scheduled to touch down on Friday, October 10, the handset features a massive 6-inch display and 3200mAh battery. The handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat and packs a 1.2GHz quad-core Snadpdragon processor, 8GB internal storage, and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
Indeed, there’s an awful lot happening here when you consider the price tag is only $200. Per the press release we received this morning, ZTE is now the 2nd largest brand in prepaid, 3rd largest Android manufacturer and 4th largest smartphone brand in the U.S.
Cricket offers a $100 bill credit for anyone who jumps from T-Mobile or MetroPCS before October 19. What’s more, a separate promotion sees the carrier tossing in more data for the money on the Basic, Smart, and Pro Plans.
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Vast swathes of display real estate are hitting the market at lower prices than ever — unlike those glass towers springing up in Brooklyn — and one of the latest in the “phablet” set is ZTE’s ZMAX. This 5.7-inch smartphone boasts an expansive 720p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip and a 3,400mAh battery. If you’re in the market, this solid slab of smartphone arrived at T-Mobile on Wednesday and can be had for just $252 outright (or $10.50 per month over two years). But for two Engadget readers this week, the ZTE ZMAX will cost a whole lot of nothing. Yep, ZTE has handed over a pair of these handsets for a couple of lucky winners, and they’re ready to run at up to 4G LTE speeds on the Uncarrier’s network. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning one of these big-screen devices.
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Whenever people think about getting their hands on a phablet, the thing that stops them is the price tag. Smartphones with huge screens are really expensive, just look at the Note 4. But it seems ZTE has a solution for you. The Chinese giant has decided to release the ZTE ZMAX along with T-Mobile, with a 5.7-inch screen, the smartphone will cost only $252 without any contract.
The huge display features a 1280×720 resolution, other than that, it is running on Android 4.4 KitKat, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with a 1MP front-facing shooter, 16GB of internal memory and a MicroSD card slot, NFC, and a gigantic 3400 mAh battery. The phone has a slim plastic body, and the best thing is that the user interface it is on is really close to the stock Android.
If you want to get the phone through T-Mobile’s installment plan, then it will cost you $10.50 on a 24 month plan. It’s definitely not a bad phone, and it will be a good choice for people looking for a cheap alternative of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It will be available at T-Mobile starting from Wednesday, September 24th.
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Looking for a big screen on a small budget? T-Mobile has you covered with the announcement of the latest device headed to the unpredictable carrier. The ZTE ZMAX will be headed to magenta next week with some interesting specs and price tag.
The ZMAX manages to pull down a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. That isn’t a quad HD screen, but on a 5.7-inch device is it doable for an average consumer who wants size. Under the hood it packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor at 1.2Ghz and is backed with 2GB of RAM. Internal storage locks in at 16GB, with less user storage of course. It does offer an SD card slot along with NFC. For photos the ZMAX packs a modest 8MP rear camera and a paltry 1MP front shooter. The whole device will launch with Android 4.4. Looking at the images of the device, it appears to be a pretty stock looking experience too. That doesn’t always mean anything though, but we will remain hopeful. What is almost impressive about the ZMAX though is the fact that they packed a 3,400 mAh battery inside a shell that is just 0.35-inches. They have the battery rated for 14 hours of talk time and 15 days standby time.
It certainly isn’t the prettiest of devices ever made and whats up with those capacitive keys at the bottom?!?!!? T-Mobile fails to offer up an official price tag, but they do list out the EIP price of $0 down and $10.50 a month for 24 months. Math wise that pans out to $252 full price. That isn’t to shabby considering the specs. It is set to be available September 24th. with a MetroPCS version following later this year.
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RICHARDSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S.*, today introduced the ZTE ZMAX at its launch event in New York City and announced the phone’s exclusive availability with T-Mobile beginning September 24. This beautiful, value priced LTE smartphone with a 5.7 inch HD screen heightens performance and class in the mid-range market, giving T-Mobile customers more choice and exceptional value they’ve come to expect. The phone’s 3400 mAh battery is one of the highest-capacity batteries on the market and, under normal usage, lasts two days on average with a single charge. The ZTE ZMAX has a curved smooth back and slender build that gives the word phablet a whole new feeling.
“The ZMAX is the latest example of ZTE designing devices with the user in mind. It has more battery life, more screen and more style but it does not cost you more,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “When customers see the unique look of ZTE smartphones and the technology, they are surprised our phones are a third of the cost of mainstream brands. We think the ZMAX is going to be a great addition to T-Mobile’s Un-carrier proposition and we are excited to have the ZMAX on their network.”
ZTE ZMAX ships with a nearly-stock version of the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system. The approach to the OS continues into the exterior design of the device, with its square corners, rounded back and semi-matte black finish. Behind its HD 5.7-inch screen is a Qualcomm quad-core processor, Dolby Digital sound and 16GB of storage that is expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card.
Starting September 24, the ZTE ZMAX will be available at participating T-Mobile retail locations and online at T-Mobile.com for $0 down and $10.50 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). MetroPCS will carry the device later this year.
“ZTE’s ZMAX combines the latest technology with distinctive design to give our customers an incredibly affordable large screen smartphone,” said Jason Young, Senior Vice President, Marketing at T-Mobile. “And on T-Mobile’s fastest nationwide LTE network with Wi-Fi Un-leashed and Simple Global, you’ve got worldwide coverage the old carriers can’t begin to match.”
ZTE ZMAX specifications:
- Battery: 3400 mAh
- Dimensions: 6.4” x 3.3” x 0.35”, 6.7 oz.
- Display: 5.7″ TFT LCD HD 1280 x 720
- Memory: 16GB ROM, expandable to 32GB via micro SD
- Network Compatibility: LTE, GSM
- Operating System: Android KitKat 4.4
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 Quad Core with Adreno 305 GPU at 1.2 GHz
- Camera: 8MP rear, 1.6MP front, 1080p video
Via Android Police
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If you like the prospect of a giant smartphone but find even LG’s G Vista too rich for your blood, ZTE might have something that’s more up your alley. It just unveiled the ZMAX, a 5.7-inch device that hopefully won’t crush your bank account. The 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 16GB of expandable storage and 8-megapixel rear camera are nothing special, but you’re getting a lot of battery for the money; the 3,400mAh power pack is estimated to last for two days, or more than enough for a busy weekend. You might also like the not-quite-stock (read: potentially very speedy) Android 4.4 interface. ZTE’s low-cost behemoth will only be available through T-Mobile when it ships on September 24th. However, you’ll only have to pay $10.50 per month over two years to own the ZMAX, or $252 total — not too shabby considering that other phones this big frequently cost two or three times as much.
When I reviewed the original ZTE Open last year, the Firefox OS experience was — to put it modestly — rough around the edges. The device was stripped down even by the standards of low-end phones, while the software was missing features other platforms have had for years. You didn’t even get new email notifications, for crying out loud. Jump ahead a year and it’s another story. The Open C is a much more powerful device, and Firefox OS has received a few vital upgrades. But does that mean Mozilla’s web-based mobile software is finally ready for prime time? I spent two weeks with the Open C to find out if it can hold its own against budget rivals — and to see if I’d be comfortable using it as my only phone.
Hardware-wise, there’s no question it’s a quantum leap over its predecessor. The Open C’s dual-core processor makes a night-and-day difference in how quickly web pages load, and thus how the entire OS feels — you’re no longer left twiddling your thumbs. That extends to 3G data, too. It’s both faster (download speeds hovered around 6 Mbps on Telus’ network) and far more stable. The 4-inch, 800 x 480 display is much easier on the eyes than its smaller, low-resolution ancestor, and even the plastic casing is decidedly nicer to hold. About the only disappointment in the Open C’s hardware is the 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera, which remains as consistently terrible as the 2MP shooter on the first Open.
The software is where it gets complicated. There’s no doubt the OS has grown up in the past year. Besides adding those hoped-for email alerts, it now has a lot of features that made a difference in my day-to-day usage: music control from the lock screen, better graphics technology (you can play Cut the Rope!) and a timer in the clock app. I also liked that Firefox can now organize searches into smart collections that keep things focused; if you want to look for sports-focused web apps, you don’t have to wade through unrelated services. As a rule, there were considerably fewer show-stopping “I can’t do that” moments than the last time around, and I was happy to rely on the Open C for basic tasks.
Of course, I still ran into plenty of challenges when trying to accomplish more than the fundamentals. Simply put, the app ecosystem and feature set aren’t where they need to be. I still couldn’t get mainstays like Instagram, Rdio or Vine, and equivalents to major apps are either tough to find or not as powerful as the real deal. I found a decent Foursquare substitute (Around), for instance, but it’s not going to rival the abilities of an official app like Swarm. Big-name social sites like Facebook and Twitter also don’t integrate with Firefox OS, so there was no way to check for updates without launching associated apps. I had little choice but to carry another smartphone to fill feature gaps, whether they involved tracking Twitter mentions, obtaining turn-by-turn directions or just playing sophisticated games.
As such, the Open C can’t serve as my only phone, at least not in its current state. It’s really a refinement of what I saw in 2013: this is a superb device for its target market of first-time smartphone users in developing regions, but I’d have a hard time recommending it to American or European friends who have plenty of viable alternatives. When the Lumia 520 (which often sells for $59 or less) and Moto E ($129) have both more sophisticated platforms and occasionally better hardware, ZTE’s $100 unlocked phone doesn’t seem like such a bargain. More powerful Firefox phones are coming; the OS either already has or will soon get support for more advanced cameras, NFC pairing and fast LTE data. However, Mozilla absolutely has to work overtime on bolstering software support if it wants to court veterans like me… and, for that matter, to stop people from flocking to ever-cheaper Android gear.