New ZTE handset certified by TENAA lacks a camera

New ZTE handset certified by TENAA lacks a camera
Some BlackBerry handsets have been offered by the manufacturer without a camera, in order to protect businesses that purchased them for employees. But ZTE isn't known for selling to the enterprise like BlackBerry is, making the new ZTE S3003 seem a bit odd. The handset has been certified by Chinese regulator TENAA, and there is no camera on the back or on the front of the phone.

This could have been done by ZTE in order to bring the pricing down, but how much more would a camera module add to the cost of an entry-level handset? The difference could be about $10. Since the start of the selfie craze, it is hard to find someone who has never used the camera on their phone. Besides, having a smartphone with a camera can come in handy even if you don't normally take many photos.

The ZTE S3003 features a 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 294ppi. A quad-core 1.5GHz CPU is inside, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The handset isn't too thick, measuring a trim 7.4mm thin, and weighs only 117g. The handset supports TD-LTE connectivity. We don't expect to see this model touch down in the states.

You can check out all of the information about the ZTE S3003 from TENAA, by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: TENAA (translated) via Mobipicker



1. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

It might be for people who aren't allowed to bring cameras into the workplace

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

People like me :)

14. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

What is your job? CIA? FBI? What is people that can't bring camera phone doing in PhoneArena?

11. J3amos

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 05, 2015

and me!

15. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

What is your job? CIA? FBI? What is people that can't bring camera phone doing in PhoneArena?

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Bringing back the past in the future! I miss seeing phones with no cameras at the back... Heck I don't remember any smartphone without a camera! Atleast, this phone won't have to worry about processing images and videos. One less thing for the soc to worry about.

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

May be its a basic phone made like a smartphone . Spec says no Operating System , no Camera . Just like a Basic phone . I think its a Modern basic phone , which can only make calls and SMS .

4. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

No camera? DOA

9. carlemillward unregistered

I think it is perfect for people who feel the urge to take pictures with a rattlesnake. They be like: "Oh a rattlesnake, let me take a picture with it." *Pulls out phone* "Oh snap, it doesn't have a camera!" Walks away unharmed.

5. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Huawei P6+P7 together ?

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it could be a dirt cheap phone for maybe 30$ or less

8. carlemillward unregistered

Seemingly borrows the Huawei P6 Design. I was actually disappointed that Huawei ditched the C-curve it bragged about.

10. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

This might turn out to be the cheapest phone on the planet

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just because they remove camera? nope, this phone still have HD screen, quad-core, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage.. this phone would not go lower than $65

13. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Nice looking phone as well.

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