ZTE may replace the Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign with an improved handset

ZTE may replace the Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign with an improved handset
ZTE's Hawkeye - formerly known as Project CSX - has certainly seen better days. ZTE announced at CES 2017 earlier this month that they'd finally be bringing Hawkeye (the fan-designed concept phone with eye-tracking and a self-aheseive back) to the masses. The phone has been up on Kickstarter since the beginning of January with an end goal of $500,000, and at the time of this writing only $36,056 has been pledged by 190 backers with just 19 days to go. ZTE's VP of Technology Planning and Partnerships, Jeff Yee, commented on the Hawkeye's poor Kickstarter performance a couple of weeks ago - saying that "we [ZTE] lost sight of what many of you submitted and voted upon as competing submissions."

MobileSyrup recently conducted an interview with Jeff Yee, and one of the questions the site asked was whether or not the company would cancel the current Kickstarter campaign for Hawkeye and replace it with another one. Yee responded to this question with the following -



There are a couple different ways to look at this, but from our perspective, pulling down the current Kickstarter campaign and replacing it with a handset that's an improvement over the Hawkeye's current iteration would be a step in the right direction. ZTE's current concept for the Hawkeye features an arguably bland design and ho-hum specifications, and this drastic departure from Project CSX's initial conceptualization is what's caused for a lot of disappointment in Hawkeye's current form. However, if and when we do get an improved version of the Hawkeye to replace the current Kickstarter campaign, don't expect it to be a completely new piece of hardware. At best, we'll likely see a slight increase in the phone's included processor or battery (or both). A spec bump would certainly be much appreciated, but will that be enough to finally get people interested in ZTE's Hawkeye phone and what it has to offer? Only time will tell.

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5 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Not surprised one bit. I and a few other submitted a phone that even Nexus enthusiasts would be proud of. For some reason, this design that no one would take seriously in the smartphone market made it to the end. Dunno what happened. All ZTE had to do was create a phone with stock Android, stereo speakers, a fp scanner, decent camera, large battery, 4GB/64GB minimum RAM/ROM plus microSD, and an asking price of no more than $500. But no, they couldn't do that.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you just describe ZTE Axon 7? it have almost stock android, FFS speaker, FPscanner, 3250mAh, good enough camera, microSD, SD820, and exactly 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM... all for $450 (probably less by now)

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

No, the software is not nearly as stock as you'd think. Also, the battery size is a smidge little for the size of the phone (OnePlus 3T is 150mAh bigger in a thinner chassis), and the camera performance declines precipitously as light drops. It's also inconsistent. The screen is also sub 400 nits. We wanted a phone that would be the Axon 7, while improving the problems they worked into it.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2368; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Besides the adhesive back, which we don't know the longevity of, the rest of the features were not new. We've had eye-tracking software for a while now in Samsung devices tracing back to the S5. I even commented saying I don't think it's going to sell well and it looks like I was onto something. Why not offer something people might actually be interested in like a dual-boot OS, a robust camera that can really bring more SLR capabilities to the smartphone realm, or a quad-speaker device?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

quad speaker for something as big as smartphone won't be that great I guess :-/ but something special that's related with it's name will be better, like triple back camera, 1 ultrawide, 1 normal camera with huge pixel size, 1 for tele-photo

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