ZTE Star 2 launched with system-wide voice control and high-end specs

Earlier today, ZTE took to China's tallest building, the Canton Towers in Guangzhou, to announce its latest high-end smartphone, the Star 2. Beyond the flagship-worthy hardware packed within the Star 2, ZTE has also included system-wide voice control, allowing you to use the phone essentially hands-free.

Indeed, actions such as placing a call, controlling the camera, or even unlocking the device, can all be carried out with just your voice – a bit like Motorola's Moto Voice, though ZTE claims its own solution is better than what competitors have to offer. According to CNET, even though the feature was built with Mandarin Chinese in mind, the Android 4.4 KitKat-touting Star 2 also understands English, but not as well just yet. In its PR statement, ZTE claims that the Star 2 makes use of some 1,000 different patents, 158 of which related to voice control. Furthermore, the company claims that its implementation has 90% success rate even in "abnormal noise conditions", and has a response rate of just 1.2 seconds.

Going back to the hardware, we're looking at a 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution display (or 441 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with four cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in, expandable storage. The rear camera on board is a 13-megapixel Sony sensor with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.2 aperture and 88-degree wide-angled lens taking the front. The device is encased within an aluminum alloy frame and has pretty small (0.05 in / 1.18 mm) bezels. It is also quite thin, at 0.27 in (6.9 mm), though that does come at the expense of battery capacity – the 2,300 mAh juicer isn't what we expect from a 2015 flagship.

The ZTE Star 2 is already available to buy online in China for ¥2,499, or the equivalent of $402. ZTE is keeping mum on which markets are to follow, though it is planning on showcasing the flagship in January at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.



1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Ascend P7 had a love child with a Z3 how cute.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

True that. Still looks sexy as hell.

4. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

no no no, this is p7 mini, with iphone 4s' back LOL, but kudos to zte, this is sexy looking device, i love it, :)

3. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Talk about cartoonish software LOL

5. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

look like arya z2

6. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Looks more like a Z2's Twin cousin.

7. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I like Sony way more as a brand but nah... don't see the resemblance. Not a major fan of Chinese phones too but I gotta give a bug two thumbs to ZTE for the effort to break from the iPhone mould.

8. mewmew unregistered

Voice control... what a waste gimmic..

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