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ZTE announces its CES 2014 lineup: Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch, Nubia Z5S and more

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ZTE announces its CES 2014 lineup: Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch, Nubia Z5S and more
In the last few years, ZTE released quite a few Android smartphones via US mobile carriers, but nothing to leave us impressed. Now, in 2014, the company announced that it would bring some really interesting handsets at CES in Las Vegas next week.

First of all, ZTE will showcase its Nubia Z5S and Nubia Z5S Mini, both running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The two devices are available in China since Christmas, and it’s been reported that more than 2.5 million customers already ordered them. The Nubia Z5S - which costs as low as $330 unlocked - features a 5-inch 1080p Sharp IGZO display, a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP rear camera with OIS and 4K video recording, 5MP front-facing camera, and 2GB of RAM. The Z5S Mini is smaller, offering a 4.7 inch 720p screen (also using Sharp’s IGZO technology), 2GB of RAM, and a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.

Next we have the Grand S II - a new smartphone from ZTE’s relatively successful Grand Series. The S II will be “ZTE’s first high-precision voice phone”, offering capabilities like "voice recognition unlocking", voice-to-phone photography, and triple-MIC noise reduction. The handset will run Android, but we don’t know which version yet.

A ZTE smartphone for Aio Wireless will be showcased at CES 2014, too. It’s called Sonata 4G, and features: a 4-inch display, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera, and a 1,780 mAh battery.

ZTE won’t be all about smartphones at CES 2014. The Chinese manufacturer also announced its first smartwatch, a phablet, a Wireless Home Base for AT&T, and a device that combines a mini projector and a Wi-Fi hotspot - all coming to Vegas.

The smartwatch is called ZTE BlueWatch. There aren’t too many details about it, but we know it can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing users to control calls, photography, and access Facebook or Twitter. The BlueWatch even has a built-in pedometer.

As for the phablet mentioned above, this is called Iconic Phablet. Reportedly, it features a 5.7 inch 720p display, quad-core processor, Dolby Digital Sound, wireless charging capabilities, and a “smart viewer that allows two applications to be simultaneously displayed on the screen.”

Unfortunately, ZTE did not reveal images of its new products yet, so all we can show you now are the already-released Nubia Z5S and Z5S Mini:

ZTE announces its CES 2014 lineup: Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch, Nubia Z5S and more
ZTE announces its CES 2014 lineup: Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch, Nubia Z5S and more

We’ll check out all the new devices that ZTE announced for CES 2014 and report back when we know more about them.

source: Business Wire

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posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:21

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


lol pedometer...

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:24 1

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Great to see ZTE develop. At start I was looking at them skeptically, but now I would even consider buying a device from them. Device, Nubia Z5S, must say, is pretty impressive, although, those are only specs on the paper.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:56 5

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 217; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Has anyone owned a ZTE, how are their phone?

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 18:03 2

5. Sauce (unregistered)


I second this. Looking for some insight.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 02:25

9. Chris.P (Posts: 247; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Think Lenovo, Huawei. Pretty much on par.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 17:03

4. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


First Lenovo and now ZTE giving their phablet screens sub par treatment in 2014, anything less than 1080p at this size is a no no.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 18:45

6. AJtheAndroid (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Bought my girlfriend a zte flash on sprint (zte attempt at copying galaxy nexus except with 12.6 mp camera) Was okay for a while but now it only gives her problems. Granted it's not the same line up of phones it is the same OEM

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:20

7. mike2959 (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


ZTE...isn't that the company that the US says spies for China or something? Kinda like those damn red light camera's at the intersection watching me.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 21:12 1

8. TOTjoe (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Right....just like u know..every iphone has a backdoor for the US authorities to enter...and sure...US has every right to accuse ZTE after what it's done to their own people. ZTE is currently ranked number 5 in the world. higher than HTC, LG, Nokia. I think that says alot.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 03:31

10. mas39 (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


so still nothing to get excited about

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