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January 03, 2014

CES 2014 is Platform for ZTE to Debut Various High Tech Devices

It is that time of year again. Next week is the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES (News - Alert)) 2014. We can expect to see a lot of exciting new products, and certain products such as the TV will definitely get bigger. Wearable technology will see more smartwatches and smartglasses, and let us not forget new smartphones and tablets.

ZTE (News - Alert) Mobile Devices is a division of ZTE Corporation, which was once known as Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation. It is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company. Its headquarters are in Shenzhen, China, and it is considered to be the world's fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer and the world's fifth largest telecommunications equipment maker.

ZTE will have a lot more to display than just a new smartphone. In fact, I believe that the count is four new Android (News - Alert) smartphones, its first smartwatch and a phablet. If that is not enough to pique your interest, what if I add a projector that doubles as a hotspot to the list?

ZTE has developed a mini projector and Wi-Fi hotspot all-in-one. It is called the Projector Hotspot. According to a ZTE statement, “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.”

BlueWatch is ZTE’s first foray into the world of wearable technology with a smartwatch. It will feature a built-in pedometer. The device can record and analyze data on a 24 hour basis. This will give users access to possibly some interesting “quantified self” information like body fat percentage. Don’t know if I want to know around the clock!

The watch will be able to connect to a smartphone through a Bluetooth connection. This will give the user the ability to control calls, content, photography and social media platforms like Facebook (News - Alert) and Twitter on their wrist.

Unfortunately, until it is unveiled at CES 2014 I have not images as to what these devices will look like, and that includes the new Iconic Phablet. I can tell you that it has power behind it as it runs on a quad-core processor. This allows you to multitask.

By multitasking, I mean that by using the smart viewer feature, you can create a split screen on the 5.7 inch HD display. This in effect allows you to run two applications at the same time on the screen. Other features include Gorilla Glass, Dolby Digital Sound as well as a wireless charging feature.

In terms of the four smartphones that ZTE plans to unveil at CES 2014, we have the following:

  • ZTE Grand S II; this is listed as ZTE’s latest high-end Android smartphone. The ZTE Grand S II is the first device to offer ZTE’s very own voice control technology. This enables 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 of these devices come with what is being called, “screaming-fast” quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and “professional-grade” camera hardware. The ZTE nubia 5S is highlighted with a five 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 has a vast array of color options
  • ZTE Sonata 4G; this is a partnership between ZTE and Aio Wireless. The ZTE Sonata 4G comes packed with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM (News - Alert), five megapixel camera, four inch display and a 1780mAh battery

I believe that the last thing that ZTE will be showcasing is the AT&T Wireless Home Base. This device has ZTE working with AT&T, and it will allow users to connect their home telephone to the AT&T wireless network. For $20 per month they will receive unlimited local and long distance calling. No telephone jack is required. You basically plug your home phone into ZTE’s device and you are good to go, even on the go. All that you need is an electrical outlet and your phone.

ZTE is definitely one company that is ready to show the world that it is moving forward in this mobile world. These are just eight devices that it is prepared to debut, but it shows a variety that can only get better.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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