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Back in late April 2019, the Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone launched with some pretty stout specifications -- for the time -- including a Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12GB of RAM, a large 5000 mAh battery and a 90Hz display. Now, ZTE is back with its 2020 edition gaming phone: the Nubia Red Magic 5G. As you might expect from a flagship smartphone released in 2020, the Red Magic 5G is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC, which means that it also features the Snapdragon X55 5G modem (hence the "5G" in its name). There are a number of RAM configurations available including 8GB, 12GB, and a staggering 16GB (a spec that we've seen recently with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra). To keep... Read more...
The United States and People’s Republic of China have been engaged in a trade war for the last few years. The US is reportedly about to take this battle to the next level. President Trump will likely sign an executive order this week that would prohibit telecommunications companies from using equipment from companies such as Huawei. Three anonymous officials insisted that an upcoming executive order would ban telecommunications providers from using products from other companies that have been deemed a threat to national security. It is no secret that the United States believes that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is a threat. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently confirmed... Read more...
The United States government and Chinese telecommunications company Huawei have a strained relationship. The US Department of Justice and various member of Congress have accused Huawei of spying on behalf of the Chinese government and committing a variety of crimes, while Huawei has accused the US government of launching a smear campaign. Now the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has thrown its hat into the ring. The CIA claims that Huawei is directly funded by the Chinese government. The National Defense Authorization Act prohibits American government agencies from using products from Huawei and their smaller competitor ZTE. Huawei has been accused of spying on behalf of the Chinese... Read more...
Smartphone makers are starting to crank out purpose-built gaming phones, and the latest to join the fray is Nubia, a sub-brand of ZTE, one of China's leading telecom equipment manufacturers. Nubia's new Red Magic Mars is a high-end handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 10GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the Razer Phone 2 and ASUS ROG Phone. The 10GB model is paired with 256GB of onboard storage. There are two other SKUs, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All three models boast a 6-inch display with a 2160x1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio) and 2.5D curved glass, dual SIM support, and a rear fingerprint sensor.... Read more...
It looks as though ZTE will live to see another day. After facing a near-certain death earlier this year when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross imposed crippling sanctions on the company for violating an agreement with the U.S. government, a deal brokered in part by President Donald Trump has saved the Chinese company. As part of the new agreement, which was signed off [again] by Secretary Ross, ZTE has been given 30 days to replace its entire board of directors and senior leadership. It also has to pay a $1 billion fine and hold another $400 million in escrow. These hefty monetary fines are in addition to the $892 million fine that ZTE already paid for its original transgressions,... Read more...
The Trump administration recently announced that it has reached a deal with Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corporation. This deal would reduce the sanctions placed on the corporation and eventually allow American companies to provide exports to ZTE. However, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress believe that this deal could potentially compromise national security. President Trump tweeted about the recent deal, “Senator Schumer and Obama Administration let phone company ZTE flourish with no security checks. I closed it down then let it reopen with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase U.S. parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine. Dems do nothing...”... Read more...
It appears that the United States is backtracking on its decision to pummel Chinese electronics company ZTE into submission. In a tweet over the weekend, President Donald Trump revealed that he is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to give ZTE some assistance in regaining the ability to purchase components from U.S. manufacturers. In his tweet, Trump specifically calls attention to the fact that many jobs in China will be lost and that the company should have the ability to restart its operations as soon as possible. On the first front, ZTE employees around 70,000 people, mostly in China. On the second front, ZTE announced last week that it shuttered "major business operations" as... Read more...
China's second largest manufacturer of telecom equipment and the number four smartphone maker in the United States, ZTE, is on its way to shutting down after the US government banned the company from doing business with American component suppliers, including chipmakers Qualcomm and Intel, both of which it relied heavily on for parts used its smartphones. The company's future may now depend on an appeal to modify or reverse the 7-year ban. For the time being, ZTE says it has enough funds to avoid going completely under, but has ceased "major operating activities." In essence, the company is on borrowed time. "As of now, the Company maintains sufficient cash and strictly adheres to its commercial... Read more...
Huawei has long been a target of the U.S. government over its business practices and ties to the Chinese government. The NSA, FBI And CIA have all warned Americans not to buy Huawei hardware over spying concerns; Best Buy has ceased selling Huawei smartphones; and major wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon have refused to sell the smartphones. Now, it's being reported that Huawei is currently under criminal investigation for its business dealings with Iran. This news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, and it is unknown how far along the U.S. Justice Department is in its investigation. However, if it is found that Huawei did violate the law, its... Read more...
The hits keep coming for Chinese telecom giant ZTE. Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that ZTE would be banned from buying components from U.S. companies for a period of 7 years due to its blatant disregard for a plea agreement to atone for previous transgressions.  Now, a major Chinese regulator is coming down hard on ZTE, and is blaming the company for making the country look bad. China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), which regulates domestic enterprises, said that ZTE's actions were simply "stupid and passive". SASAC went on to add that not only do the actions (and sometimesinaction) taken by ZTE harm its own business... Read more...
When it comes to gaming on the PC side of things, RGB lighting is all the rage. RGB lighting on cases, fans, keyboards, motherboards and video cards are commonplace, and oftentimes expected. In the relatively new space of Android gaming phones, RGB lighting effects haven’t really been deployed... until now. Enter Nubia's Red Magic gaming phone. Nubia is a division of ZTE, and the Red Magic is a sleek smartphone with a black anodized aluminum unibody chassis. On the back is where the "magic" happens, with a vertical RGB strip that runs down the center of the phone below the fingerprint reader. The strip is capable of displaying 16 million colors and comes with four lighting modes to... Read more...
Chinese hardware OEM ZTE has just been hit hard by the U.S. Department of Commerce after the company pled guilty to illegally providing telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea and lying about its actions. ZTE agreed to pay nearly $1.2 billion in civic and criminal penalties for shipping the goods, making false statements, and obstructing justice. While the financial penalties were no doubt significant, the Department of Commerce has an even stiffer penalty for the company that was announced today (terms of which ZTE agreed to comply with as part of the original plea agreement). American companies like Qualcomm will now be unable to export components to ZTE for a period of up to seven... Read more...
If you're looking for one of the cheapest smartphones you can purchase with no strings attached, ZTE just pulled the wraps off the first Android Go phone to launch in the United States: the Tempo Go. The headlining "feature" of the smartphone will no doubt be its $79.99 price tag, which should make it attractive to consumers on a strict budget. We should note that the low price of entry also means that you won't get a specs powerhouse by any means. In fact, the specs look like something that you would have seen on an entry-level Android smartphone from a few years ago. Power comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. There's just 8GB of internal storage available,... Read more...
US Intelligence officials have determined that phones and services provided by Huawei, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer in China, and Chinese telecom ZTE pose a security risk to Americans, and that consumers should avoid both companies altogether. The determination was made known by half a dozen US intelligence chiefs, each of which told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that Americans should steer clear of both companies. Among the six top intelligence chiefs were the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA), along with the director of national intelligence. At first, they all indicated a lack of trust... Read more...
Given how cutthroat the smartphone market is these days, manufactures are looking for new ways to get an edge on the competition. Xiaomi was one of the first to start the bezel-free display trend with the original Mi MIX, and now ZTE is looking to turn heads with the Axon M. The centerpiece of the Axon M are its dual 5.2-inch displays, which both feature a resolution of 1920x1080. Now, this isn't something that you see every day in the smartphone world, so the first question on your mind is probably how is this beneficial in real life usage scenarios? For starters, ZTE says that with Dual Mode, you can run two apps at a time, with one screen dedicated to each. This brings an immediate boost to... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones, not everyone needs a $700+ flagship like the Galaxy S8. While it may look amazing and have excellent all-around performance, most consumers can just get by with an affordable smartphone that will allow them to surf the web, send texts, and perhaps even make a phone call — yes, people still talk on their phones. That’s where ZTE comes into focus with its latest budget smartphone: the Max XL. While it likely won’t win any performance benchmarks, the Max XL packs in a lot of features and aggressive pricing. First and foremost, the Max XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You’ll find a stingy 16GB of internal storage, but you can... Read more...
If you’re looking for a bargain basement Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch to pair with your Android smartphone (or iPhone if you’re a glutton for punishment), ZTE has a new offering that might be right up your alley. The ZTE Quartz is packed with plenty of features and it won’t demolish your wallet in the process. The Quartz is a run-of-the mill Android Wear device, which means that there aren’t too many surprises when it comes to specs: 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor768MB RAM4GB Storage1.4-inch 400x400 display covered in Gorilla Glass500 mAh battery with 2 days of standby timeBuilt-in speaker and microphone for callingIP67 rating802.11n wirelessBluetoothGPS and cellular connectivity... Read more...
Most smartphone manufacturers usually work on their latest creations under highly secretive conditions.  ZTE is taking a different approach with an upcoming product, however, and turned to the public for opinions and design ideas. The end result is a smartphone unlike anything currently on the market.  Right off the bat, there are some obvious differences between ZTE's concept device and those we see on the market today. Instead of a "Home" button below the screen, for example, there is a camera. That camera doesn't replace the one typically located above the screen on most of today's smartphones though, because the goal is to integrate reliable eye tracking. ZTE wants users... Read more...
Sometimes it feels like the premium smartphone market is largely a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung. It's actually a bit more crowded than that, and one of the more interesting options is ZTE's forthcoming Axon 7 handset, a high-end smartphone supporting Google's Daydream VR platform and costing just $399.ZTE is another Chinese brand looking to expand its smartphone empire to the U.S. with a strategy of undercutting established players in the premium sector. It's a strategy that worked for Huawei, which caught the attention of Google and scored a contract to build the company's Nexus 6P handsets, and also Xiaomi, which routinely pumps out high-end phones at a fraction of what many flagships... Read more...
We must say, Chinese OEMs are really firing on all cylinders when it comes to delivering flagship-quality smartphones at attractive price points. Google was so impressed with Huawei that it let the company take the lead on last year’s Nexus flagship, the Nexus 6P, which launched to rave reviews (read the HotHardware review right here). Now ZTE is taking another shot at delivering flagship-quality hardware at price that undercuts big name competitors by hundreds of dollars. The ZTE Axon 7 makes a good first impression with its clean unibody chassis that’s the product of the Chinese OEM’s collaboration with BMW DesignWorks. It may look a bit too much like the HTC One M8 to our eyes, but we can’t... Read more...
The past year has seen a number of high-end smartphones launch with 2GB of RAM, and with 64-bit SoCs to make a big splash in the future, it's sure to become a lot more common - even trickling down to lower-end models at some point. Of course, as is the way with technology, 2GB of RAM is going to feel small in the future, and to help kick-start that feeling is Chinese phone maker ZTE. It's being rumored that ZTE's next flagship, a revision of the recently-released Grand S II, will feature 4GB of RAM. Being that the Snapdragon 800/801 SoC used is 32-bit in design, 4GB of RAM is the effective cap; to go higher, vendors will need to adopt 64-bit chips, such as the upcoming Snapdragon 610 or 615.... Read more...
One of the tricky parts about CES is that while everything is eye candy, some things you see are exciting new products that you can buy immediately while others are merely half-baked, or simply an intriguing prototype, or (the big let-down)--a design concept. That’s what ZTE did to everyone with its Eco-Mobius modular smartphone concept phone, which looks amazing but is still just a shell. However, the Eco-Mobius does point to the future of mobile devices, and although at another point in time this design idea might have warranted little more than a passing nod of interest (which is all it got earlier this year), because of what’s happening in the industry right now, it’s far... Read more...
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