With Mobile World Congress going on this week, it's no surprise that
loads and loads of new cellphones were introduced. But this is a
surprise in its own right: ZTE
will be bringing an Android
phone to the
world. In recent years, ZTE has been a company focused primarily on
Asia, and not really on higher-end smartphones. But with the boom that's
happening in the smartphone universe, the company has decided to go
all-in at the year's biggest mobile event.
ZTE has announced that their flagship Android phone, "Skate," will
eventually end up rivaling those made by LG, Samsung, HTC and Acer.
It'll use a 4.3" touch screen, Android 2.3, an 800MHz CPU and the Adreno
200 graphics unit. There's also a 5MP camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS, a
G-Sensor and a hardware compass. The company's throwing in Wi-Fi as well
as GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900MHz and HSDPA/UMTS at 900/2100MHz support, but there's no indication that it will ever reach U.S. shores.
Hopefully it'll have success wherever it launches; there are plenty of Android options here, but more's always better!
ZTE Unveils Skate Smartphone at GSMA Mobile World Congress
Featuring a large 4.3-inch screen and Android 2.3 operating system
14 February 2011, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today launched its flagship Android Smartphone, the ZTE Skate, at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. The company also announced its new "Light Your Smart World" strategy, under which ZTE will promote its entire range of signature smart products, including tablet devices, internet boxes and Smartphones.
Inspired by the skateboard, the ZTE Skate is fashionably thin and lightweight at only 120g, featuring a large 4.3-inch screen to provide an optimal web surfing experience to consumers. It uses the Android 2.3 operating system, an 800MHz processor and the Adreno 200 graphics processing unit (GPU) to support the widescreen, high-definition display. In addition, the ZTE Skate also incorporates a 5MP camera, multimedia Bluetooth extension, A-GPS capability, hardware compass, and G-sensor.
The open Android operating system ensures that the Skate can run an extensive range of apps, meeting not only the in-depth customisation needs of operators, but also providing a user-friendly user interface (UI), and convenient and powerful multimedia features. The Skate supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900MHz and HSDPA/UMTS at 900/2100MHz, as well as WiFi internet access.
The ZTE Skate is expected to be available from May 2011 in markets worldwide. The Smartphone launch also kicks off ZTE's "Light Your Smart World" smart product strategy. At GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011, ZTE is showcasing a range of smart terminals including its Android-based Amigo slide phone designed for young and fashionable users, the highly successful Blade Android Smartphone, and the F952 handset running Brew MP and supporting the WAC (Wholesale Applications Community).
An IDC report shows that ZTE has become one of the world's top five handset makers – in 2010 the company's global shipment of handsets reached 60 million units and terminal products over 90 million units. Signature models such as the ZTE Blade and ZTE Light became bestsellers across multiple markets, achieving outstanding sales records in more than 30 countries including Europe and Japan, within a very short period of time. The ZTE Blade was also frequently referred to as the "Most Valuable Smartphone" by media in these markets.