You don’t get to be the largest wireless service provider in the United States by sitting around and doing nothing, which is why we were expecting Verizon for a while to reveal its plans for this fall. But before Big Red got a chance to officially tell us something other than the Droid Razr HD and Maxx HD are coming “soon” and other “surprises” are to be expected, a Phone Arena tipster went on and shattered the mystery.
The ZTE Anthem 4G has been announced and it is headed for MetroPCS. It will be the smart phone maker’s first LTE-enabled device and despite some mid-range specification, it could be a big hit with the smaller carrier.
Despite promising us Android-based quad-core treats way back at the MWC in February, ZTE still doesn’t seem keen to leave its comfy low-end to mid-range niche for the riskier high-end world.
It usually takes a leaked phone some time to see the light of day, but when the specs aren’t great, manufacturers and carriers skip a few hype-building marketing steps. Therefore, we should not be too surprised to see Boost Mobile’s pretty modest ZTE Warp Sequent handheld already up for grabs, just ten days after its first online leaked appearance.
China’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, ZTE, and Mozilla, developers of the Firefox web browser, are planning to introduce and new mobile operating system this year. This is part of ZTE’s plan to “create a better balance of products using various operating systems,” according to spokesman David Dai Shu.
ZTE, one of the two Chinese handset makers we pay attention to here at Android Authority, the other one being Huawei, has just announced a new phone called the Grand Era U985. It’s got a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 under the hood, it has a 4.5 inch 720p display, an 8 megapixel backside illuminated camera, and it has an “average thickness” of 8.6 mm. Is it awesome or should we ignore it?
Up-and-coming prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless seems to really be on a roll. On top the launch of Cricket-powered RadioShack Wireless last week, Cricket has also launched its own version of the HTC One V, which has now become the most powerful Android smartphone in its portfolio. That doesn’t seem to be enough for Cricket though, and another enticing Android mid-ranger is heading to the nation’s eighth largest carrier. We first spotted the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 back in May at the CTIA, and, just as we suspected, this will be a Cricket exclusive phone.
The ZTE Grand X IN is supposed to hit Europe any day now, while rumors say that the 4.3-incher will never see the light of day in the USA. However, a fresh new leak claims that the phone will in fact come to the States, albeit in a slightly tweaked form.The ZTE Warp Sequent is the name of this rehashed device, and, according to an evleaks tweet, it will be made available by Boost Mobile on September 17.
Let’s face it, when it comes to the mobile world, ARM is king. Sure, other competing standards exist, but none come close to ARM. Despite that, Intel seems quite dedicated to ensuring that x86 processors stay relevant in an increasingly mobile-oriented world.
While there hasn’t been tons of Intel-powered Android devices yet, recently Russian carrier, Megafon announced it was introducing its own Intel-based device. Today ZTE also joins in with its own Intel-based smartphone, the ZTE Grand X IN.
As of yesterday, a new competitor has entered the cheap smartphone race to the bottom. T-Mobile announced the availability of the Concord, a no-nonsense 3.5-inch device running Android 2.3. Made by ZTE, the $100 no-contract Concord offers very little worth mentioning in terms of specs. Will clients like it?