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.
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.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
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.