We press our noses against the glass to look at ZTE's crowdsourced Project CSX "Hawkeye" smartphone

We press our noses against the glass to look at ZTE's crowdsourced Project CSX
At last year’s CES, ZTE kicked off Project CSX, an initiative to completely crowdsource a mobile device, from physical design, to feature set, to spec sheet. To funnel all that input, ZTE also created the Z-Community, an online forum for ZTE users and enthusiasts to share information, experiences, and find support.

The Z-Community was also the hub for developing Project CSX over the past year. One of the last big things to do was come up with a name for this smartphone. This past October, after receiving over 500 name submissions from users in over 170 countries, the winning name was selected.

This is Hawkeye. That is literally all we know about it and this is as close as we could get to it since it is still a just a non-working build. Aside from the name, and general appearance of the device, we don’t yet know what camera or processing bits will be used, nor have there been any decisions about battery or screen resolution. Headphone jack? Maybe, maybe not.

Two “winning” features for Hawkeye from the crowdsourced consumers are a “self-adhesive” ability – being able to stick the phone to a variety of surfaces and an eye tracking feature, the ability to scroll through content by just using your eyes hands free.

This would cause many to declare all this vaporware, and to be honest, it is. But, ZTE is committed to building this phone, and in keeping with the crowdsourced nature of the project, it has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cross the finish line. Just $199 will get you Hawkeye by September, before anyone else. Go to kickstarter.zteusa.com to place your order and support the project.

Keep checking back for our continuing coverage at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.



1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

This looks completely different to the winning design, and the spec is also very specific which ZTE have also changed (2 front cameras and no capacitive buttons), instead has capacitive buttons and dual rear cameras, which the device doesn't even have. ZTE also have the $$$ to make the phone themselves but they don't have the balls to fully fund the winning design from their own competition.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No dual camera and it probably won't even have stock android like it is suppose to. SMH I am disappointed. I won't say the phone sucks or anything like that because we don't yet no but I have a feeling it will.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Umm PA that link does not take you to the kickstarter page, just saying.

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

5. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

That's a fake

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's a photoshopped S7 Edge.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2360; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't Samsung devices had an eye detection scrolling/reading feature for some time? I believe it was introduced way back in the S4. I'm sure this system is more advanced, but really that's what people wanted in a ZTE device? An eye-scrolling feature?? Think about this for a second: ZTE crowd-sourced everyone asking what would you want to see in a mobile device and they give you a phone that can stick to any surface (the longevity of this remains to be seen) and an eye detection scrolling system. I'm sorry, but given the looks of this I don't see that many people buying it. Not to mention, I don't see those crowd-sourced features (besides maybe the sticking to various surfaces) as something people are going to really care about on a daily basis.

9. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yes you're right. My old Galaxy Note 3 had the Smart Scroll feature. Didn't really work that great but it was there along with Smart Stay and other useless gimmicks.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Useless gimmicks? I hope you're aware that it's subjective, and it depends on each individual. I've still got my Galaxy S4 and I find those Smart features cool.

11. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Subjective indeed. I used to disable all of them to increase battery life. At that time, TouchWiz was not as optimized as it is today, so I had a bunch of features disabled.

8. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I'm still trying to understand the "sticky" aspect. How did that even make it into the running for a 'desirable feature'? I can't actually think of a single instance where that might be useful to me.

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