ZTE is crowdsourcing a mobile device and wants your ideas (cash prizes are involved)

ZTE today announced that it's accepting idea submissions for a crowdsourced mobile device that it's planning to release sometime next year. Currently called Project CSX, this upcoming device will be built based on the best ideas that regular users - pretty much anyone - can submit.

The new ZTE device could be a smartphone, but not necessarily. According to ZTE, the only rules that apply here are the following: the device "must be a mobile product, the technology must be realistically possible by 2017, and the final product must be affordable for the general population."

Project CSX will have to stages: submitting ideas, and voting them. Folks who submit the best ideas can receive "small cash prizes throughout the process", while also getting the chance to win trips to CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

You can find out more about ZTE's Project CSX (and start submitting ideas) at the source links below. Needless to say, ZTE is the first major smartphone maker to do such a thing, so we're really curious to see if this pans out. Could this crowdsourced smartphone / mobile device be better than what companies are usually releasing? We'll just have to wait and find out.

Last year, ZTE made a splash with its Axon family of smartphones, including the Axon Pro - pictured above - which was released in the US as a high-end flagship at a very attractive price (and this year's Axon 7 followed in its footsteps). Right now, ZTE is the fourth largest smartphone maker in the US, and it certainly wants to do better in the future.

sources: ZTE (login required - Google and Facebook logins available), Press release



1. Fona13A unregistered

I would add dual boot, on top of everything else. Loading Tizen or Windows Mobile on an up-to-date Android handset would be my go-to device.

2. PapaJi

Posts: 60; Member since: May 15, 2016

I think every OEMs sholud ask users like this.... Atleast for their one smartphone...


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I'm definitely submitting an idea. I have the perfect idea for a developer's phone that'll put OnePlus and the Nexus phones to shame!

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Oneplus3 + dual camera +more battery =420 dollars!

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Processor : nitrogen liquid cooling. Camera : hubble telescope. Screen : 8k with built in projector. Battery : nuclear reactor. Speakers : concert hall quality. Design : 100% full Metal without antenna lines. Water proof - shock proof - fire proof - bullet proof - proof proof - you name it Price : 200$ no ifs no buts.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I know you're being sarcastic, but having a nuclear reactor where your hand sits all the time will most DEFINITELY give you cancer lol.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

That's why I said "proof proof".

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Laser canon to break your legs

6. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Wonderful a company who wants to give it customers what they actually want other OEM can learn a thing or two from this

8. Oh_Juu_Eh

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 10, 2016

Thin phone but with huge batteries and all day long lifetime


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Thin phone...... Huge battery...... Really.

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Its possible. Because it would be wider than your biggest table.

11. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

QHD Super AMOLED bezel less display Latest Snapdragon or Exynos processor Dual front facing speakers 6gb RAM 21mp Camera with dual pixel technology and bigger pixels for better low light performance Full metal design with chamfered edges like HTC 10 4000 mAh Battery Water proof Shock resistant USB type-C Attachable mods like the moto z Stock android 7.0 Nougat 128gb Storage with Micro SD And finally Dash charge support

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