ZTE KIS: A Stylish Entry-Level Smartphone

2012-02-22     Tan Haiyan


Sales of cheaper smartphones are set to grow worldwide as 3G penetration increases. Following the success of ZTE’s budget Android smartphone, Skate, ZTE plans to release another budget phone called KIS. KIS is a stylish smartphone at an affordable price. It has an elegant appearance; it has versatile functions and applications; and it  is good value for money.

A Good-looking Phone with Decent Hardware

The metallic silver frame around the display on the front is complemented by the back cover with a frosted texture. These give the handset a premium, stylish feel. KIS comes with a 3.5-inch screen and is 114.5 mm × 62.5 mm × 11.5 mm. KIS has inherited the successful skateboard-themed design of ZTE Skate. It has a slightly upturned chin that makes the phone more ergonomic and gives it a sophisticated and dynamic look. The KIS design is minimalist, with concise volume control and on/off buttons.

KIS has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen that is very responsive. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz processor, which ensures that applications can be operated smoothly. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera with a flash,  256 MB RAM, and its 200 MB internal storage can be expanded to 32 GB with a MicroSD card.  


 A Versatile Assistant

KIS is an Android phone and has a wide range of built-in applications to meet daily needs. You can communicate with others anytime, anywhere through Gmail and Google Talk. The phone also has full entertainment features. Watching video is a breeze with the built-in YouTube app, and you can listen to music with the in-built FM Radio. With GPS and compass, KIS can help you find your way in strange city or in more remote locations. The 3.2 megapixel camera allows you to record life’s exciting moments. The interesting photo applications available from the Android market also make photographing more fun.

KIS has Android OS v2.3.5 with many applications available for download from the Android Market. Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Facebook and Documents to Go can be downloaded from Android Market. Anyone can download their own favorite applications and make KIS what they want it to be. Thanks to the decent hardware in KIS, these applications can run smoothly without any hiccups.
KIS will be preinstalled with NFC function according to the needs of operators. With this feature, users can easily share music, photos and business cards with friends who also have an NFC-enabled phone. This can be done with just one slight touch rather than by using Internet or email.

It is no exaggeration to call a mobile phone with such rich features a “versatile assistant.”

People have their own standards for choosing a mobile phone, and different mobile phones are favored by different groups. KIS is a great entry-level smartphone that comes with stylish looks and is user friendly. KIS will be popular among 3G beginners as well as young and fashion conscious users.


1The phone inherits the skateboard design, which is both practical and stylish

2The power button and camera have a minimalist design


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