Lots of technical issues at ZTE's CES press conference, but plenty of magic!

Lots of technical issues at ZTE's CES press conference, but plenty of magic!
Yesterday at ZTE’s press conference at CES, there were numerous technical problems that littered the presentation. From the cramp confines to the over capacity of attendees, there were barely any smiles on the faces of people sitting and standing waiting for the show to begin. From microphone issues to many other things, it seemed as though there wasn’t much fanfare surrounding it – especially when it focused solely on the ZTE Grand S.

In easing the tension, ZTE hired one interesting master magician/illusionist, Jason Michaels, to get the crowd pumped up right from the start. So much so that in between the ZTE executives speaking there, he managed to enthrall the crowd, including us, with his array of tricks. Early on in the press conference, he drew a picture of a bowling ball on a piece of paper, which he then proceeded to drop an actual bowling ball from it – crazy stuff indeed!

Even better, during the second half of the event, he ripped up a newspaper into many small pieces and then crumbled them all up together into a ball. With his almighty powers, he was able to magically put them back together! As for the actual unveiling of the ZTE Grand S, he devised this clever scheme to use a light bulb to shine the handset into existence. All told, we have to say we were most entertained by his tricks – though, we can’t say the same about the speakers there. Then again, the handset at the center of it is still interesting, but the tricks were no doubt the show stealer!

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Grand S
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh



1. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

Who ever though the magician was a good idea should be fired.

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup he stole the handset's thunder!

6. gboo2565

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

CES has been pretty lame so far tho..

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is better to see some "magic" on the stage that a Bill Clinton...

2. chasetorres125

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I second the motion,old trick

3. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

The magician is a good idea. Wonder why it is not. It seems to me like he was the only one doing a good job there.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If not for the magician, ZTE would have been slammed for their bungled presser.

8. d.Sebas

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

How much it will cost? When will be released? Thanks for the information :)

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