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

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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.

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posted on 18 Dec 2014, 10:03 1

1. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 10:12

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

True that. Still looks sexy as hell.

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 16:54

4. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 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, :)

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 13:09

3. EgyDroid (Posts: 111; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Talk about cartoonish software LOL

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 22:27

5. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 151; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

look like arya z2

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 23:34

6. RajRicardo (Posts: 455; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)

Looks more like a Z2's Twin cousin.

posted on 19 Dec 2014, 10:07 1

7. Chuck007 (Posts: 1302; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 20 Dec 2014, 20:13

8. mewmew (unregistered)

Voice control... what a waste gimmic..

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