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26
Apr

ZTE Spro 2 giveaway!


Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we give away one of the best Android phones or tablets each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the OPPO N3 is Maple A. (Vietnam). Congratulations, Maple, enjoy your new OPPO N3!

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This week we’re giving away a ZTE Spro 2! 

ZTE’s Spro 2 is a portable smart projector with WiFi hotspot capabilities. It beams a 720p image onto whatever you’re pointing at, features auto-keystoning, and is compatible with every Android device, or anything that outputs via HDMI. We gave it an 8.4 out of 10 and had a lot of fun in our review with it.

ZTE Spro 2 Giveaway!

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

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Good luck, everyone!

 

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24
Apr

ZTE at IFA GPC: SPro2, global growth and 2015 targets


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ZTE has announced that the SPro2 smart projector will be going on sale in the USA tomorrow. ZTE’s Senior Director of Technology and Partnerships, Waiman Lam, announced at the company’s IFA GPC power briefing that the SPro2 will be launched in the USA tomorrow and, as we revealed earlier this week, it’s landing on AT&T with a price tag of $400.

The SPro2 is the world’s smartest mobile projector as it runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 5 inch display, Snapdragon 800 processor and a 6300 mAh battery. The Pico-HD projector can output 720p HD images on a screen up to 120 inches which autofocuses with a brightness of 200 lumens. For more on the SPro 2, check out our ZTE SPro 2 review (or look at the video below).

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Alongside the SPro 2 announcement, ZTE revealed the Star 2 is coming to Europe and gave us an overview of their market performance around the world.

The Star 2 is the first smartphone to have system-wide voice control that doesn’t require an internet connection and is backed by over 1000 patents, of which 158 are related to voice control. ZTE is working with the world’s leading voice control companies and partners to deliver an impressive voice control system that is untethered and doesn’t require an internet connection to operate.

2014 saw the company ship a total of 100 million devices with 48 million of these being smartphones and for 2015, the company has predicted a total of 100 million shipments but an increase in smartphone shipments by 25 percent to 60 million.

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In the US, ZTE remains the only Chinese OEM with significant share in the market and at the end of 2014, the company had 7 percent market share and 21 percent of the prepaid market. At the end of 2014, the company was No 4 in the overall device market and expects to grow this significantly in 2015 with more devices shipping with the ZTE logo.

ZTE’s growth is not just limited to the US, with the company revealing performance gains all over the world. In Asia Pacific, the company’s smartphone shipments are up 100% year-on-year (YoY) and LTE smartphone shipments are up 500% YoY. Channel income is up 200% YoY and in Russia alone, there are 10,000 retailers offering ZTE devices to customers.

All across the world, the company is transitioning from being an ODM (Original Device Manufacturer) to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) with 75% of devices in Europe now having the ZTE logo stamped on the back. In the Middle East & Africa, ZTE smartphone shipments are up 400% YoY while in China, the company has continued growth for the past four years.

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Overall, the short 15 minute presentation revealed that ZTE are a Chinese OEM dedicated to delivering growth around the world and the transition to an OEM should help ensure this happens sooner rather than later.



21
Apr

ZTE and AT&T announce Spro 2 availability on April 24


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ZTE and AT&T have announced the two-in-one Spro 2 Smart Projector. The Android-based device has a mobile hotspot with a 5-inch touch screen capable of providing web access directly from itself and connecting up to 10 independent Wi-Fi devices at the same time.

The Spro 2 is similar to other other portable projectors. Additionally, it can stream content from Google Play apps  and from game consoles, USBs, micro SD cards, and other mobile devices.

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21
Apr

ZTE’s Spro 2 Smart Projector is available exclusively via AT&T from April 24th


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Here’s an interesting gadget for you to take a look at, the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector that is offered on a 2-year contract by AT&T. Basically, it’s a projector-slash-hotspot running the Android operating system, giving it access to the Google Play Store and all its goodies. We have more details and a video after the break.

Let’s deal with the software first, the Spro 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and this means you can access your favourite games, content as well as productivity apps. Whether its Plant vs Zombies, Netflix or Google Docs you want to project, you are covered.

On to the hardware, and the device itself has a 5-inch touchscreen display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. A Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz provides the muscle with 2GB of RAM on tap for multi-tasking. 16GB of internal storage is included, and you can add another 64GB courtesy of the MicroSD card slot. A 6,300mAh battery is present, providing up to two and a half hours of projection.

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Connectivity-wise, the Spro 2 appears to cover most bases, thanks to not only offering Dual-band (2.4Ghz & 5GHz) WiFi compatibility but also supporting LTE bands 2/4/5 and 17 thanks to its SIM card slot. You can also use the Spro 2 as a hotspot for up to 10 devices.

The ZTE Spro 2’s main claim to fame is as a projector, and it can project an image or video at a size of up to 120-inches on a flat surface. You can send your content to the Spro 2 via HDMI, USB, MicroSD card or by making us of its Miracast functionality. So it has that going for it. The projector bulb has around 20,000 hours of life and when connected to AC it can output 200 lumens. If running on the battery, the output is limited to 100 Lumens.

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It’s a gadget that is in the same vein as the Samsung Beam smartphone that appeared a while back, interesting but what would you do with it? How often would you actually use the projector? Much like the Samsung Beam, it’s unlikely that the ZTE Spro 2 will ever reach the mainstream. Especially when one considers the price. The Spro 2 Smart Projector will cost you $499 off-contract while AT&T will knock $100 off that price if you take it out on a two-year contract. That seems worth it, doesn’t it? AT&T say it will become available to purchase from April 24th, so not long to wait at all. Let us know what you think of the ZTE Spro 2 Smart projector in the comments below.

 

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21
Apr

Android powered ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector launching exclusively with AT&T on April 24th






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April 24th is going to be a pretty good day for current and would be AT&T customers. Earlier this morning they announced that the LG G Flex 2 would be coming to customers. They also announced that they would be the exclusive carrier to offer the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector.

The ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector bring users a 5-inch touch screen user interface that runs on Android 4.4.4 and is powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm processor. You have access to the Google Play Store to grab apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus or your favorite mobile game to project out up to 120-inches at a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 200 lumens.. The projection can be what is displayed on the screen of the device, anything that can cast through a miracast enabled device or directly hardwired with a HDMI port. Internal battery power is listed at 6,300 mAh, but watch time unplugged is only 2.5 hours. The Spro 2 packs in the usual 16GB of storage, but does offer a micro SD card slot as well as a USB port.


The unit also is Wi-Fi enabled with dual-band access to both 2.4 and 5 GHz. Being that AT&T is offering this smart projector also means it connects to their 4G LTE network for mobile access and it also acts a mobile hotspot device too. That means that there is an outright purchase price and a contracted purchase price. If you buy it outright you will drop $499.99 to own one. If you go with a contract then you are looking at 2-years for $399.99 and a $10 per-month access charge to share your data allotment with it.

Compared to last years ZTE SPro that Sprint had the exclusive on, the Spro 2 is definitely an improvement. Any interest in picking one up on Friday at select retail stores?

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21
Apr

ZTE SPro 2 Review


The Bottom Line

PROS
  • Great build quality
  • Bright projector
  • Ease of use
  • Portable
  • Good battery life
  • Expandable storage
  • HDMI and Miracast support
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Proprietary charger
8.4

The ZTE SPro 2 is a portable and powerful projector that runs Android, and even though the price point may seem quite steep, this device does what it is designed to do extremely well.

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One of the biggest advantages of the open nature of Android is that it allows for its use and application in a variety of product, and has led to a unique line of devices from ZTE. Like its predecessor, the latest iteration of the company’s portable projector and mobile hotspot combo brings to the table some different and useful capabilities, while featuring major improvements in all key aspects when compared to the original. What does an Android-powered device such as this have to offer, and who is the intended target? We find that out, and more, in this comprehensive ZTE SPro 2 review!

Design

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The ZTE SPro 2 retains a lot of the design language of the original, and is basically just a large square with rounded corners and flat sides, and is slightly bigger and thicker than its predecessor, at 1.5-inches thick. The shape will remind of you the Amazon Fire TV, with the SPro 2 of course being much bigger, given the large display, battery, and projector that it features. The build material is mostly metal, with the bottom of the device being the exception, and weighs a little over a pound. That’s hardly what you’d call heavy, and the weight actually makes it feel more substantial in the hand than the previous iteration.

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Taking a look around the device, the buttons to control the volume are found on the left side with the power button placed on top, and all of them are very easy to press and offer a good tactile feel. On the right is a fan to keep things cool, and on the back are the proprietary charging port, HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, and headphone jack, below all of which are the microSIM card and microSD card slots. On the bottom are little rubber feet to keep the projector from sliding around, a standard tripod mount, and a rather small kickstand, the helps you prop the device up at an angle for easier viewing.

Display

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The display on top has been given a nice bump in size and resolution, with it now being a 5-inch panel with a 720p resolution, with a pixel density of 293 ppi. It’s not the highest resolution or pixel density around, but with a device such as this, it doesn’t need to be, as you won’t be using the display much, especially if you use the SPro 2 most of the top as a projector or a Wi-Fi hotspot. It is still nice that ZTE decided to include an HD display though, bringing with it bright, vivid colors and good viewing angles. So if you do decide to use the device to play games, browse the web, or read emails, this display is certainly more than good enough for that.

Performance and Hardware

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It’s somewhat odd to discuss the hardware features of a projector, but under the hood, the ZTE SPro 2 does pack some power, with its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. This processing package may seem a little dated given the current trends in the smartphone and tablet market, but is definitely more than capable of handling the standard aspects of the Android experience that is available on this device. Performance remains smooth during everyday tasks like web browsing, reading mails, and some multi-tasking, and also does very well with everything but the most graphic-intensive of games. Keep in mind though that certain games and applications may be a little awkward to use on this device due to their portrait orientations.

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The ZTE SPro 2 comes with the usual array of connectivity options, including 4G LTE support, and also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows a connection for up to 10 devices. The available 16 GB of on-board storage may not seem like a lot, given the media-centric nature of the device, but expandable storage via microSD card is possible. Also, being that it has a built in USB port, it’s likely that they are intending for this to be used in conjunction with a portable hard drive, which is a nice feature to have.

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For audio, an internal speaker is found at the bottom of the device that does get very loud and with more clarity than expected from a single speaker, but a better option may still be to use headphones or external speakers than can be connected via the headphone jack or Bluetooth.

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On the battery front, the SPro 2 packs a rather large 6,300 mAh unit the ZTE promises will provide up to 3 hours of use as a projector, and 10 hours when functioning as a Wi-Fi hotspot. So far in my testing, ZTE claims have certainly held true, with just above 20% of battery remaining after watching a movie with a duration of two and a half hours, and in some instances, I was able to squeeze past the three hour mark as well. The performance of the battery is definitely a big improvement over its predecessor and its maximum of two hours of use as a projector. As a side note, it has to be mentioned that projector use shows up as screen on time as can be seen in the battery screenshots above.

Projector

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We now take a look at the the projector, something that is essentially the star of the show, and the main reason why anyone would buy this device. It is a DLP projector that comes with a brightness of 200 lumens, doubling what was found with the original, and is capable of outputting a 720p image with a screen size up to 120 inches. The projector is pretty bright and fairly easy to see even in a well lit room, but unfortunately, in order to take advantage of the highest brightness setting, the device has to be plugged into an AC power source.

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The SPro 2 also features keystone correction, which basically means that the image will always maintain a rectangular form even if the projector is not perfectly horizontal, avoiding the trapezoid effect that will otherwise be seen without this feature. The device also doesn’t come with a physical wheel or button to control focus, which is all handled through the software now. Be default, the projector focuses automatically with a few seconds and works extremely well. If you do prefer setting the focus manually though, it is still possible within the projector settings.

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Projected content is made available in three ways, first by streaming or being stored and played locally directly from the device itself, secondly via Miracast, and finally, by connecting another device using the HDMI port. Streaming or playing locally store content directly is definitely the easiest method to use, with no extra wires or additional setups required. Transferring content isn’t always ideal though, and that is where HDMI and Miracast opens things up.

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The HDMI port allows laptops, or any other devices that support HDMI, to be hooked up, which is a great option not just for watching videos, but also viewing webpages or presentations. Miracast allows for any device that supports it, like most smartphones and tablets, to be used to project content. Once connected, any content from your device will be shown through the projector, and it actually works surprisingly well, with very little latency between the connected device and the projector.

Software

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On the software side of things, the ZTE SPro 2 is running Android 4.4 KitKat, but unlike last year’s device that offered a stock experience, the SPro 2 now comes with a custom skin that is definitely more suited to be used with a projector. The interface features large tiles, grids of icons, and individual tabs at the top to easily find what you’re looking for, with additional tabs also easy to create for any applications that you may want to group together. A floating bubble makes it very easy to turn on the projector, regardless of whether you’re using an application or at the homescreen, and is incredibly useful to quickly turn on the projector.

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Pricing and Final Thoughts

The ZTE SPro 2 will be available exclusively from AT&T for $399.99 with a 2-year contract, or $499.99 off-contract, with a $10 monthly fee to add it to a new or existing Mobile Share Value plan. The price is definitely steep to justify a purchase for just casual media consumption, but if you do see its use at work as well, the device could be a good buy.

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So, there you have it – a quick look at the ZTE SPro 2! There’s no denying that this device is a niche product, but it does what it is designed to do extremely well. The SPro 2 addresses a lot of the negatives found with its predecessor, and is certainly a good option for anyone looking for a simple, but powerful, and portable projector, with some additional features, such as its Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities and almost standard Android experience, tacked on.



17
Apr

T-Mobile halts ZTE ZMAX sales as consumers try removing the non-removable battery


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Would you try removing a non-removable battery? Didn’t think so. Some owners that purchased the ZTE ZMAX through T-Mobile, however, disagree. The carrier has been forced to halt sales of the handset as current owners have tried removing the non-removable battery. Removing the back panel to get to the battery is easy because ZTE opted to use clips and not clue to keep it closed. This has caused the ZMAX to be damaged because owners are prying at the battery to remove it.

So until ZTE thinks of a solution, T-Mobile will not be allow customers to purchase the ZMAX.

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Via: PCMag

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15
Apr

Jumping off the hype train: Are flagship smartphones still worth buying?


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A massive HD display. Cameras with a high pixel count. A device loaded with several gigabytes of RAM, and a processor with multiple cores. For several years such attributes have been major talking points when describing flagship smartphones from high-profile electronic makers, but things are starting to change. Although it may not be the most lucrative line of business for some companies, the mobile sector is currently loaded with more hardware manufacturers than ever before.

Each year a handful of high-priced top-shelf devices are announced and treated to huge launch events along with major marketing campaigns. While most of these devices live up to the hype, there are plenty of viable alternatives flying below the radar of power users and casual consumers alike.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet. Spec sheets certainly still play an important part, but these days the playing field is much more leveled. Mid-range gear isn’t so mid-range anymore. And while I’m personally not a fan of OEMs cranking out dozens of smartphones each year, I do recognize the importance of being able to offer consumers budget-friendly handsets.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet.

But are today’s low-price smartphones enough to pull consumers away from the highly acclaimed mobile gear produced by the industry’s biggest players? Let’s talk about the current state of flagships versus mid-range devices.

Mid-rangers worthy of your consideration

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Design and Style

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A few years back, most smartphone makers would release their flagship hardware with unique designs that made them stand out compared to other devices in their catalogs. However, things have changed over the past couple of years. Android heavyweights like Samsung, LG and HTC are now releasing mid-range and low-end handsets with design aesthetics almost identical to their respective annual flagship smartphones. While it’s most likely a cost effective measure, this new trend makes some premium handsets feel a little less chic.

Remember, casual consumers aren’t really looking for much. Believe it or not, a good looking phone with a large display is enough to coax most of them into making a purchase. This new industry trend definitely makes budget-friendly prospects look more appealing.

There’s no Need to Break the Bank

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While a device’s spec sheet and benchmark scores don’t move some people, others are obsessed with a device’s internal hardware before making a purchase. These individuals are always chasing the tech industry’s new hotness and they should also be aware of diamonds in the rough. Case in point: Motorola’s Moto G. While it may not pack the punch the same punch found in flagship phone, its hardware is more than sufficient for most users.

For around $180, you can score a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel shooter and an almost vanilla build of Android. Not too shabby at all. But the former Google company isn’t the only place offering low-cost devices with decent specs. Chinese phone makers like Huawei and ZTE are producing more budget-conscious handsets that won’t put a dent in your bank account. And even though it can be somewhat elusive, OnePlus’ aptly named OnePlus One offers a lot of bang for your buck as well.

A more recent example is the Asus Zenfone 2, a mid-range device that offers a speedy Intel processor and up to 4GB RAM, depending on the configuration. While it is priced aggressively, the Zenfone 2’s performance and even aesthetics are more in-line with what you’d expect from a flagship device. Sure, the phone isn’t perfect, but our very own Lanh Nguyen certainly was impressed by the performance of the handset in his recent review.

Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

While these types of handsets may not be the highly marketed, celebrity endorsed smartphones plastered on billboards around the world, they definitely manage to hold their own. Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

Similar to cars in the auto industry, new top tier smartphones are released each year. Some devices do exceedingly well, but there’s always leftover inventory to clear. For example, the HTC One M9 just recently hit the streets, however it’s not a complete departure from its predecessor. In addition to a reduced price tag, a flagship phone from the previous year will likely be running the latest version of Android, or eventually receive an update to it, making the software experience nearly on par with its successor.

What About Hardware Enthusiasts?

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If your love for gadgets borders obsession and you don’t mind shelling out big bucks or committing to service contracts, there are some benefits to buying a brand new flagship device. While the aforementioned alternatives fit in with most budgets, some of them will lack amenities typically offered by big-ticket handsets. Items such as LTE network connectivity, NFC support and full 1080p or 4K HD video capture are among some of the more common features missing from budget-friendly smartphones — though even this is starting to be less the case. Most of these items can be gained by purchasing an older model flagship phone, however those come with a few drawbacks as well.

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards. For example, Google recently pledged its support for the USB Type-C spec, saying that consumers can expect to see it on Android phones in the near future. Another undeniable benefit of buying a freshly released flagship smartphone is raw performance. A new phone typically means the latest and greatest in terms of hardware optimized for the most recent version of Android. 

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards.

Final Thoughts

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The evolution of Android isn’t just a story of dessert-themed software. Over the last few years, mobile hardware has made numerous advancements, bringing potent components to low-cost devices. On paper, some of today’s mid-range smartphones sound like super phones from just a few short years ago. In some regards, mobile hardware has plateaued a bit and new flagship handsets might not be as appealing to casual consumers.

People who don’t mind service contracts can purchase flagship devices at a discounted rate, with the tradeoff being a 24-month commitment. In a sense, this approach is similar to buying a year old flagship device outright, but at a slightly lower price. This setup should work for most people, but some folks just want more. As for power users who don’t mind parting with extra upfront cash, a new high-end smartphone each year is doable, but certainly not exactly necessary. However, if early tech adoption is your vice, you may want to consider selling your old phone to pick up some of the expenses that come with purchasing a pricey new device outright. Just be sure to take some important precautions before shipping it out or trading it in.

Curious as to some of the best non-flagship devices out there that will deliver an excellent experience without breaking the bank? Be sure to check out our cheap Android phones roundup. 

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Renders of the Nubia Z9 reveal edge-to-edge display


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ZTE has already launched the Nubia Z9 mini and the Nubia Z9 Max, with the standard Nubia Z9 prepping launch. Now, we are having our very first glimpse of the smartphone courtesy of a leak from China. This image which is said to be of the Nubia Z9, reveals yet another bezel-less device like the Oppo R7.

The press render above reveals a mild curve on both sides as well, indicating that this won’t be a conventional smartphone. Bezel-less devices are quickly becoming a trend now and with Chinese manufacturer competing amongst each other in this area, the future certainly looks good.

The image of the Nubia Z9 also reveals a physical home button on the bottom bezel, which will supposedly double as a fingerprint scanner as well. The back is pretty standard with the camera sensor and the dual tone LED flash located on the top left. We should get more details on the hardware of the Nubia Z9 very soon.

Source: Mobile Dad
Via: Gizmo China

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ZTE Nubia Z9 confirmed to have a “borderless” design


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ZTE recently introduced a couple new devices to their Nubia line, the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and the Nubia Z9 Mini. Oddly enough, sitting in the middle as a flagship device, ZTE did not launch the Nubia Z9. ZTE’s general manager for Nubia devices, Ni Fei, took to Weibo today to let users know the company is still working on the Nubia Z9 and it will be launched “soon.” Readers were likely interested in Fei’s statement that the Nubia Z9 will have “no border” as previously hinted at in earlier leaks.

The Nubia Z9 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch display being run by a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. The device should be competitive with other flagship level devices from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. One big question though will be pricing and availability. Although the other new Nubia devices come with attractive price tags, they are only available in Asian markets.

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

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