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Sprint and ZTE launch the LivePro: a mobile hotspot/projector/power bank with a pinch of Android
First introduced at CES as the Projector Hotspot, the ZTE-made LivePro is a crazy contraption that, Sprint hopes, is more than the sum of its parts. And boy, there are a lot of parts to talk about.
Sprint describes the LivePro as a “easily pocketable multiuse mini projector and mobile hotspot” and hopes to sell it to professionals who need an all-in-one tool for presentations on the go.
- Sprint Spark™, a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak
- wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices
- Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm® Snapdragon® MSM8930 chipset)
- 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously
- Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™
- for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™
- Google Play™ with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies
- Power bank – backup power supply charging for mobile phones
- 1080p resolution input
- Wi-Fi Miracast® to wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Embedded speaker
- 3.5mm stereo headset/speaker jack
Starting with the projecting feature, the 4.7 x 4.7 inches unit features a digital light projector capable of outputting a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080 at up to 100 lumens, for an up to 10 feet image. The DLP can project in 4:3 or 16:9 and features a contrast rate of 1,000 to 1. The LivePro features built-in speakers, microUSB and an HDMI ports, and a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in headphones or speakers, as well as Miracast support.
Powering the LivePro (and any device attached to it via microUSB) is a 5,000 mAh battery unit. There’s a 4-inch screen and a dual-core processor that allows the gizmo to run Android 4.2, with full access to the Play Store.
Of course, for Sprint the biggest feature of the LivePro is the “3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.” You will need a special plan, of course: “Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)”
As you’d expect from such a feature packed device, the LivePro costs a hefty $449. More details in the press release.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 9, 2014 – It’s the most important presentation of your career. You walk into the boardroom and learn your client’s Internet access is down and the projector bulb burned out. What do you do? Never again should you have to face this nightmare after the July 11 debut of the world’s first commercially available pocket projector and mobile hotspot, Sprint LivePro™.
This innovative new device combines a mini projector with a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display and 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot powered by the super-high-speed network data capabilities of Sprint Spark™, where available, and supports up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously.
It will be available exclusively from Sprint (NYSE: S) in select Sprint Stores, and through Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Sprint LivePro with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $18.751.
“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the Web.”
Measuring 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, Sprint LivePro easily fits in a briefcase or purse and features an embedded speaker providing audio during video or presentations.For bigger sound, separate speakers can be paired via Bluetooth® or attached to the device with a 3.5mm jack.
LivePro offers an easy-to-use 4-inch touchscreen display and Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean, user interface, making it easy to access content and use the hotspot. The large 5,000mAh lithium ion battery can also be used as a power bank to charge a smartphone, tablet or other devices using a USB cable.
Users can share content using HDMI or USB cables, or wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display using Wi-Fi Miracast®. Through the Wi-Fi connection, users can also pull content from the Cloud directly from the device and stream video and audio content easily with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Files can be shared and stored on LivePro using Bluetooth, an HDMI or USB cable as well.
Sprint LivePro is also a great tool for entertaining. At the next family barbecue, the cordless projector can be used to watch video or play a game in the backyard. Customers can also use the mobile hotspot to pull and share content from the Web.
Featuring access to Google Play™, with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, LivePro can keep guests entertained well into the night. LivePro also includes Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™.
Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)