ZTE Skates Into the Gingerbread Age

by: Darcy LaCouveeFebruary 15, 2011

One of the hottest icebreakers at the 2011 Mobile World Congress is whether or not we’ve entered the Gingerbread Age.

Following on the heels of the Optimus 2X and the Galaxy S II, ZTE unveiled its skateboard-inspired, Android 2.3-running “Skate.”

The Skate packs a 4.3-inch screen, 5-megapixel NSDPA camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and a G-sensor into 4.2 ounce shell.

Its only noteworthy tradeoff is its 800MHz CPU.  This is a step behind higher-end models, but its Adreno 200 graphics processing unit and distinct silhouette—with an expected price point below $200 for North American customers—make it a very attractive option for Android newcomers.

It will be available worldwide in May 2011.