ZTE Grand X2 In Announced; Comes With 2 GHz Clover Trail+ Atom Processor

Earlier this week, ZTE unveiled the Intel powered Grand X2 In smartphone at the MedPi conference in Monaco. As the name suggest, this handset is the successor of the popular ZTE Grand X In smartphone. This device packs a 4.5 inch HD display along with Intel’s 2 Ghz dual-core Clover Trail+ Atom processor. ZTE Grand X2 In runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It features a built-in Audio enhancement technology and Wireless Display (WiDi) which enables wireless streaming between connected media devices.

William Chhao, Terminal Director, ZTE France, said,
“We are proud to announce the ZTE Grand X2 In smartphone pursuing our multi-year strategic collaboration with Intel. The ZTE Grand X2 In is set to build on the success of the ZTE Grand X In, our first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside, and further increase ZTE’s growth in the high-performance smartphone market segment.”

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ZTE Grand X2 In features a 4.5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, wireless charging capabilities, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, WiFi Direct and a 2000 mAh battery.

The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer is expecting that this handset will strengthen the company’s smartphone market share and brand awareness with consumers in Europe. ZTE Grand X2 In will be available in Europe from Q3 of 2013. The price of this handset is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more updates!

ZTE Geek Announced; Comes With 2 GHz Intel Clover Trail+ Processor

Earlier this week, ZTE announced the powerful ZTE Geek smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and packs a 5 inch HD display along with Intel’s new Clover Trail+ based Atom Z2580 processor. According to ZTE, this handset is twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics compared to the phones powered by Intel’s previous processor.

Mr. He Shiyou, Head of the Mobile Devices Division, ZTE, said,
“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market. This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”

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ZTE Geek features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, wireless charging capabilities and a 2300 mAh battery.

ZTE has not yet announced the price and release date of this device. ZTE Geek will first go on sale in China, followed by other major markets.

ZTE Unveils The Grand Memo; Powered By Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (Update: NOT)

ZTE has surprised everyone at the Mobile World Congress by announcing the ZTE Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note. The surprising part about the Grand Memo is that it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC running at 1.5GHz. The Snapdragon 800 SoC was initially expected to show up in devices in the second half of this year, but ZTE states that it will be launching the Grand Memo in March in China, and a month after that in Europe.

The 5.7-inch display on the Grand Memo is a disappointment though, as it has 720p resolution compared to 1080p, which is quickly becoming the norm nowadays. The 8.9mm thin phablet sports a 13MP shooter at its back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and a beefy 3200 mAh battery. The Grand Memo runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with ZTE’s own MyFavorite UX on top of it.

ZTE plans to aggressively promote the Grand Memo and have its presence feel outside of China. However, the Chinese OEM does not intend on bringing the Grand Memo to the United States anytime soon.

UPDATE: Either ZTE lied or there was a huge confusion that led to this huge blunder. The ZTE Grand Memo does not sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is instead powered by the S4 Pro (APQ8064) — the same SoC that powers the Nexus 4, DROID DNA and Butterfly.

ZTE Grand S Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM

Last year, the images and specs of the ZTE Grand S was leaked a number of times. Recently, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched its very own 5 inch smartphone, the ZTE Grand S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and it packs a 5 inch 1080p display (similar to the recently launched Xperia Z), 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.

ZTE Grand S is currently the slimmest 5 inch smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. Sadly, this handset comes with a 1780 mAh non-removable battery. We have no idea what the manufacturer was thinking before creating this beast with such a disappointing battery.

Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division, said,
“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands. It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

ZTE Grand S features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1780 mAh non-removable battery.

ZTE Grand S measures 142 x 69 x 6.9 mm and weighs 170 grams. This handset will go on sale in China from Q1 of 2013. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

ZTE Announces The Nubia; Comes With A 5-inch 1080p Display

ZTE today officially announced its much leaked handset – the Nubia. With the Nubia, ZTE joins the race of bringing 1080p resolution touting screens on Android smartphones. Like the DROID DNA and the HTC Butterfly, the Nubia packs in a 5-inch 1080p display made by Sharp, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

At the back of the handset is a 13MP of camera with an LED flash and accompanied by a 2MP camera in the front. Other specs of the handset include 32GB of storage space, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with a skin that inspired the popular MIUI ROM, a 2300mAh battery and the usual connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC inside an impressively thin 7.6mm body.

As of now, ZTE plans on bringing the Nubia only to its homeland, China at a competitive price of around US $550. Rumors do suggest that ZTE will announce the global variant of the Nubia at the upcoming CES 2013.

Via – GSMArena

ZTE N880E Gets The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update

Earlier this month, Google released the much-awaited Nexus 4 smartphone in the US. It is the first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Now, ZTE became the first Chinese vendor to launch an Android smartphone with Android 4.2 OS. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has recently started rolling out latest version of the Android OS to its mid-range ZTE N880E smartphone.

I’m sure most of you might have never heard of this smartphone. The ZTE N880E was originally launched in May this year. It was one of the first handsets to run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This handset comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and so on.

Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division, said,
“This announcement highlights ZTE’s long standing strategic relationship with Google and ZTEs determination to provide consumers with cutting-edge technology and the best smartphone experience. ZTE will introduce more models on Android 4.2 in the future, and will continue to make improvements to equipment performance and stability, ensuring that our handsets meet with the high expectations of today’s consumers.”

The latest update brings the usual Android 4.2 Jelly Bean goodies, including the Photo Sphere camera functionality, Gesture Typing, notification quick controls, improved search capabilities through Google Now and more. We hope other manufacturers should take a lesson and update their smartphones as soon as possible.

ZTE Corporation Loses Cisco Partnership over Illicit Equipment Sales in Iran

Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers are having a hard time worldwide, after the US Government’s crackdown on Huawei. Australia has already banned Huawei from its national broadband network project, and recently, Canada banned Huawei from its Government network setup. Huawei is the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world, and it has taken a hit from all the bad press. However, another Chinese firm ZTE has also been the subject of investigations along with Huawei.

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After Huawei, now ZTE is facing the heat, as it was involved in banned sales of computer equipment from Cisco to Iran’s telecom companies. ZTE is Cisco’s sales partner, and Iran is in the list of Cisco’s embargoed countries. The incident first surfaced back in March and Cisco was quick to launch a probe into the matter. There have been intermittent reports of both Huawei and ZTE facing trouble since around the same time. Cisco found that ZTE was indeed guilty, and this sparked a series of investigations by the US Government, with FBI launching a criminal probe as well. With this, the five-year-old ZTE Cisco partnership comes to an end.

Steve Stecklow at Reuters Canada writes,

The stories sparked internal probes by the companies involved, as well as investigations by the U.S. Commerce Department, a congressional committee, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ZTE’s general counsel at its Texas-based subsidiary alleged that the parent company plotted a cover-up, including possibly shredding documents, after the first Reuters story broke.

The Cisco-ZTE partnership was made for the sole purpose of competing with Huawei. However, ZTE and Cisco teams never got together. While ZTE was successful in selling Cisco equipment in China, Cisco was not too keen on selling ZTE equipment in the US.

Huawei Excluded from Canadian Government Network Plan After Bad Press

Over the last few months, Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE have been the subjects of attack in US Congressional Reports. According to the reports, these companies have grown notorious for suspicious behavior of their equipment, as reported by both employees and customers. The Congressional report urges American companies to stop doing business with Huawei and ZTE, and urges network providers to seek other vendors. Although there are no solid proofs being released here, the Congressional Reports probably suggest possibilities of spying on communication and threats to vital equipment.

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Following the Huawei ban from the US Government, and the Australian Government, recently, the Canadian Government has taken a stern step to exclude Huawei from a national networking project. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman, explained it as,

Canada has invoked a national security exception to let it discriminate, without violating international trade obligations, against companies deemed as too risky to be involved in putting together the network for carrying government phone calls, emails and data center services.

Huawei is the world’s largest manufacturer of telecom equipment, and ZTE is the fifth largest. Both of them have rejected any affiliation with the Chinese Government and the Chinese Government has also rejected these Congressional Report claims as being “groundless accusations”. A sweet cyber-warfare is brewing here, and China is already notorious for its cyber-warfare policy. This entire incident will leave a bad taste in the mouth Huawei customers worldwide which will eventually be bad for their business.

U.S. Intelligence Report Suggests Cutting Ties with Huawei and ZTE

A U.S. House of Representatives intelligence report suggests the U.S. should cut off relations with two of China’s top telecom manufacturers Huwaei and ZTE. It particularly states that neither company should be allowed to merge with any U.S. based telecom company. The recommendation comes after nearly a year long investigation into corporate practices of the Chinese based companies amid concerns of espionage and illegal activity.
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Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, who is also the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, laid out the details accusing Huawei and ZTE of being uncooperative and not forthcoming with requested documentation. According to the report, the investigation into these companies began in February 2011 when Huawei “published an open letter to the U.S. Government denying security concerns with the company or its equipment, and requesting a full investigation into its corporate operations.” By November 2011, the U.S. House acted on that request and began to investigate potential security risks posed by doing business with the Chinese companies. There is growing concern that the Chinese are interested in accessing U.S. infrastructure for the purpose of espionage. Below is a quote from the Executive Summary section of the report that lays out many of the concerns:

Prior to initiating the formal investigation, the Committee performed a preliminary review of the issue, which confirmed significant gaps in available information about the Chinese telecommunications sector, the histories and operations of specific companies operating in the United States, and those companies’ potential ties to the Chinese state. Most importantly, that preliminary review highlighted the potential security threat posed by Chinese telecommunications companies with potential ties to the Chinese government or military. In particular, to the extent these companies are influenced by the state, or provide Chinese intelligence services access to telecommunication networks, the opportunity exists for further economic and foreign espionage by a foreign nation-state already known to be a major perpetrator of cyber espionage.

Huawei’s vice-president, William Plummer, said the latest accusations were “dangerous political distractions”. According to a BBC article, Huawei was started by a former member of the People’s Liberation Army. It also reported that U.S. based Cisco Systems cut ties with ZTE after it allegedly sold U.S. equipment to the Iranians which is a clear breach of U.S. sanctions.

The report outlined several recommendations from not allowing any ZTE or Huawei systems to be used in any government facility to warning U.S. businesses about the unfair businesses practices of these companies, particularly intellectual property. All of this comes about at a time when relations with China are already strained due to the Presidential election. Many Americans feel the government needs to do more about China’s unfair trade practices.

For more information and to see the full report, visit http://intelligence.house.gov/.

ZTE Unveils The Intel Powered Grand X IN Smartphone

Yesterday, Sony and Samsung announced some of the amazing smartphones and tablets at the ongoing IFA 2012 event in Berlin. In other news, Motorola is expected to announce the Intel based Motorola Edge smartphone during mid-September. Now, ZTE went ahead and unveiled their first smartphone powered by the Intel Atom processor Z2460, the ZTE Grand X IN. This ZTE flagship handset is the latest product from the ZTE Grand series.

The specs of this handset is almost similar to the ZTE Grand X. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. ZTE hasn’t revealed any plans to update this device to the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS.

Mr. Ao Wen, Vice President of Europe Operations for ZTE Handsets, said:
“The Grand X IN is ZTE’s first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside and we look forward to building our partnership with Intel. The handsets in the ZTE Grand portfolio are quality devices focused on providing a great level of service and, with the inclusion of Intel’s technology in the Grand X IN, we have provided a handset with enhanced capabilities, reliability and performance.”

ZTE Grand X IN features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor Z2460, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Dolby Sound, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery.

ZTE Grand X IN measures 127 x 65 x 9.9 mm and weighs 140.8 grams. This handset will be launched next month in the Europe. ZTE has not yet announced the availability of this device in other markets. The price of ZTE Grand X IN will be revealed during the launch.