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ZTE Highlights LTE Products at PT/EXPO COMM China 2011
ZTE displayed several of its LTE terminals at PT/EXPO COMM China 2011. The EXPO was held in Beijing from September 26 to 30.
ZTE showcased a new product that is yet to be released: the first global FDD-CDMA dual-mode dual-core smartphone. The phone has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3, and can support 4G and 3G networks, FDD-LTE, and EV-DO/CDMA simultaneously.
The ZTE booth also featured the first global TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/GSM multimode dual standby smart terminal—the ZTE V2 TD-LTE smartphone—which made its debut at the Universiade 2011 Shenzhen games.
Two ZTE LTE tablet PCs were also showcased—V66 and V68. Both products support LTE EV-DO/CDMA Internet, and have 7-inch and 10-inch high-resolution capacitive touch panels. The tablets use a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and run on Android 3.2. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 26)
ZTE Unveils Windows Phone 7.5
ZTE displayed its first Windows Phone, the ZTE Tania, at PT/EXPO COMM China 2011 in Beijing.
The Tania supports HSPA+, has a multipoint touch 800 × 480 WVGA resolution 4.3-inch TFT screen, and a 1 GHz processor with 3D acceleration. It also has a 512MB cache, 4GB of flash memory, an autofocus 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. The device comes pre-loaded with Mango and will be launched later this year in a number of European countries.
ZTE is the sole strategic partner for Microsoft in China and plans to introduce additional smartphone devices based on the Windows Phone platform in the future. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 27)
ZTE Joins SoftBank Mobile’s Tour with New Smartphone V881
Japan’s third largest mobile operator, SoftBank Mobile, organized a seminar tour for major mobile phone vendors to promote their products to dealers. The seminar toured to 21 cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and ran from August 22 to September 7. ZTE is a major supplier to SoftBank Mobile and participated in the tour, showcasing its newly released smartphone, V881 (SoftBank 008Z).
ZTE staff demonstrated V881’s excellent performance and informed dealers about the development of ZTE smart terminals. Dealers showed great interest in the simple device. From August 17, V881 became available from major electronics chain stores such as Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki as well as 2,600 SoftBank Mobile shops across the country. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 15)
E-Plus to Offer BASE Lutea 2 Smartphone
Following the successful launch of its first smartphone, BASE Lutea, mobile operator E-Plus will deliver BASE Lutea 2 at the end of October.
The newly-launched BASE Lutea 2 offers customers very good value for money. Users can casually surf the Internet and pay a flat-rate data fee or, for only 17 € a month, have unlimited Internet. The hardware for the smartphone is provided by ZTE. ZTE has worked successfully with E-Plus Group since early 2010, helping E-Plus expand its network infrastructure to become a high-speed 4G data network. (Source: ZTE Corporation, October 10)
ZTE Blade Tops 5 M Sales
ZTE announced on September 26 that sales of its top smartphone, Blade, topped 5 million units after it won an order for 2 million units from China Unicom, the country’s second largest mobile operator.
Blade uses a Google Android platform and has been a key model that has increased ZTE’s presence in the lucrative smartphone market.
“ZTE has been at the forefront of Android’s growth in entry-level smartphones and has had a significant role in driving Android price erosion,” said analyst Geoff Blaber from CCS Insight. (Source: Reuters, September 26)
ZTE Plans to Roll out 4G Phones in Q2 2012
Ding Ning, general manager of ZTE's GSM and UMTS handset products, said ZTE plans to launch 4G handsets in Q2 2012, aiming to grab more market share by expanding its product range.
“We will be releasing 4G phones in advanced countries first. We are talking to more than one overseas network carrier now,” said Ding.
With popular products such as Blade, ZTE has been acquiring market share from more well-known global names.
Ding said the company had seen good sales in emerging markets, such as Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, and was unfazed by economic doldrums in the United States and Europe. "It creates an opportunity for us, as network carriers need to control their budgets and we provide products that can help them do that," he said. (Source: Reuters, September 22)
AT&T Announces Avail from ZTE
AT&T announced the AT&T Avail from ZTE which falls into AT&T’s GoPhone Pre-paid services.
The AT&T Avail is an Android-based smartphone that provides multitasking capabilities, an intuitive, tactile interface and a compact size. The handset was designed with seven customizable home screens to provide quick and easy access to the widgets used the most.
The AT&T Avail is the latest offering in the GoPhone prepaid device portfolio. Customers have access to a smartphone with no long term contract and the flexibility of AT&T’s prepaid rate plans. (Source: androidnerds, October 11)
ZTE Brings International Mobile Hotspot to Sprint Customers
ZTE announced the Sprint International Mobile Hotspot. The device is the first international hotspot available from Sprint.
The Sprint International Mobile Hotspot by ZTE allows users to access the Internet through as many as five Wi-Fi enabled devices, including laptops and music players. Casual customers can increase their access to information and entertainment, and business users can improve working efficiency while away from the office. The solution is particularly beneficial for customers who travel internationally because the hotspot provides Internet access via both GSM and CDMA networks and includes adapters for different countries. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 14)
ZTE Makes Brand Debut in UK
ZTE launched ZTE Skate and ZTE Libra in the UK on September 28.
The Skate and Libra are the first ZTE branded Android smartphones to be released in the UK. Both devices are now available at Amazon.co.uk, eXpansys, Clove, and DPC.
ZTE Skate is already available in Spain, Brazil and Hong Kong. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 800 MHz processor, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera.
ZTE Libra runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 28)
Cricket Launches ZTE Score Smartphone
Cricket Communications and ZTE announced on September 22 the release of ZTE Score, the seventh smartphone to be included in Cricket’s dynamic line of phone offerings. Cricket was the first carrier to launch ZTE Score, which was made available from September 25 in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations across the US.
ZTE Score with Android 2.3 has processing speed of 600MHz and a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch display. It also includes the innovative Muve Music service. With the Muve Music smartphone plan, Cricket Wireless customers can enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones as well as unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance. (Source: ZTE Corporation, September 23)