The iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4. The HTC One. The BlackBerry Z10. These are the smartphones that we’ve been reading about obsessively for the past several months and are some of the American smartphone market’s heavyweight fighters. But while these big-name vendors have been rolling out their premier devices, Chinese smartphone vendor ZTE has been quietly flooding the U.S. market with low-cost smartphones that have now made it one of the five biggest smartphone vendors in the United States, Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Shah says. More →
ZTE has come to an agreement with Microsoft to license the company’s technology that is being borrowed in the Android and Chrome operating systems. Microsoft has signed licensing deals with more than 20 other manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and LG. In fact, the company claims that 80% of Android smartphones sold in the U.S. and a majority of those sold throughout the world are now covered under its various agreements. Of course, there are still some companies — most notably, Google’s Motorola Mobility — that have not yet come to terms with Microsoft. More →
The new ZTE (0763) Open is perhaps more significant for what it’s not than what it is. The handset does not run Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 or Tizen. In a world dominated by just a few established major players, the introduction of Firefox’s new mobile OS, alongside handsets such as the Open, is pretty big news. Banking on the untapped demand in emerging markets yet to see the explosion of smartphone growth that has swept the rest of the planet, Firefox and ZTE are hoping to make headway with their own unique offering. More →
One thing is quite clear: Samsung’s (005930) gamble on the 5-inch handset market is catching fire. Manufacturers seem to be scrambling to concoct their very own iteration of the “phablet,” clearly attempting to capitalize on the newly forged market space created by the world’s largest Android manufacturer. Unfortunately, where Samsung led with innovation and foresight, most of these other companies seem to be playing a rather embarrassing game of catch up. Case in point is ZTE (0763). More →
ZTE (0763) has big plans for 2013. The Chinese manufacturer has previously focused on low-end feature phones and smartphones, however in a move similar to rival Huawei(002502), ZTE is looking to attack the high-end market with a variety of devices. The company recently announced the Grand S smartphone, which is equipped with a 1080p full HD display and quad-core processor, and is scheduled to debut even more devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More →
Research firm IDC released the latest numbers from its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker this week and found that a total of 482.5 million mobile phones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase from 473.4 million in 2011. Smartphones accounted for nearly half, or 45.5%, of all mobile phone shipments, the highest percentage ever. Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL) remained the two top vendors with market shares of 29% and 21.8% respectively. The report did include some surprises, however. More →
ZTE (0763) on Tuesday became the latest company to showcase a full HD “phablet” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Android-powered Grand S smartphone comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The handset is also remarkably thin, measuring in at a mere 6.9 millimeters, and also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Grand S is slated to arrive in China during the first quarter of 2013, but no pricing information was announced and it is unclear if the device will make its way to the U.S. market. ZTE’s press release follows below. More →
InterDigital (IDCC) on Thursday filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Samsung (005930), Nokia (NOK), Huawei (002502), and ZTE (000063) for selling devices that allegedly infringe upon seven of its 3G and 4G wireless patents. The company has asked the ITC to block sales of the infringing products, which incorporate WCDMA, CDMA2000, LTE and Wi-Fi technologies. The ITC has 30 days to decide whether it will launch an investigation into the claims. InterDigital also filed a similar lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, seeking a permanent injunction and damages based on willful infringement. More →
The Nubia Z5 isn’t the only feature-packed smartphone ZTE plans to release. The company is preparing to show off its Grand S, a 6.9-millimeter thick smartphone with a 5-inch full-HD display and a 13-megapixel camera rear camera. ZTE claims the Grand S will be the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone. According to UnwiredView the ZTE Grand S is also rumored to have a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2GB of RAM and a 2,500 mAh battery – slightly larger than the Nubia Z5′s 2,300 mAh battery. ZTE plans to reveal the Grand S’s full specs and price at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. One thing is for sure, the company is embracing large-screened smartphones like no other. Aside from the Nubia Z5 and Grand S, the company also recently teased a monstrous 5.9-inch Windows Phone 8-powered ‘phablet.”
2013 is shaping up to be the year of the “phablet” with virtually ever major handset maker preparing to challenge Samsung’s (005930) impressive Galaxy Note lineup. While there’s no clear definition on how large a phablet is, most tend to have screens that hover in the 5-inch range, though Huawei’s upcoming 6.1-inch smartphone will only push that boundary. ZTE’s newly announced Nubia Z5 packs a 5-inch display with full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, an aluminum case, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear, a 2-megapixel front camera, Dolby sound and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It even edges out HTC’s (2498) slim DROID DNA in terms of size with slightly thinner dimensions and a larger battery: 2,300 mAh versus the DNA’s 2,020 mAh. The only deal-breaker is the Nubia Z5 likely won’t be available in the U.S., but importers drooling over its specs can pick one up in China for about $554.
ZTE may be looking to launch the first Windows Phone “phablet” to compete against the numerous hybrid devices available on the Android platform. Lu Qian Hao, the head of market strategy for ZTE, teased an image of one of the company’s upcoming Windows Phone smartphones on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo. In addition to the image, the executive revealed that the flagship device will carry a 5.9-inch display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and he said it will come equipped with DTS audio technology. There are a few concerns with these claims, however. The smartphone pictured above is still sporting the Windows Phone 7 logo and to make matters worse, Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t announced that Windows Phone 8 will support full HD resolution.
According to a draft report that will be released on Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has decided that the rapid expansion by Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE in the U.S. market is a potential threat to national security. The report based on an 11-month investigation claims Huawei and ZTE could possibly be working with the Chinese government for non-commercial reasons.The report comes as Huawei is reportedly mulling over an IPO. Both Huawei and ZTE have rebutted the report and have called it baseless. More →
Add ZTE (0763) to the list of manufacturers trying to decrease their dependence on Android by diversifying their mobile portfolios. The company’s executive vice president He Shiyou told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that ZTE will launch smartphones with Mozilla’s Firefox OS in the first quarter of 2013, while also confirming that ZTE is planning new Windows Phone 8 smartphones to go on sale later this year. Mozilla revealed plans for its own HTML5-based mobile platform earlier this year and said that initial hardware partners will include ZTE, TCL and Qualcomm (QCOM). More →