ZTE Looking to Break Into High-end in 2011 With Smartphone, Tablet, & STB Selection [MWC]

I attended ZTE’s press conference – it wasn’t the most popular at this event, of course. But they’ve done exceptionally well with their smartphone push in 2010 and are looking to up the stakes in 2011. They will do this with a selection of new smartphones and tablets geared toward the high-end.

Most of the devices they showcased today were running no less than 1GHz processors, with some being 1.2GHz and having dual-core architectures. They had a 7-inch tablet called the Light, and a Light 2 which’ll be a 1.2HGz version with WiMax and LTE radios, and also has a front-facing camera to accompany one on the back. (We’re not sure if both sets come in the same package.)

Then there’s the Light10, which is a 10 inch version of the same tablet with an HD screen resolution, Android 3.0, and a 1.2GHz processor. Nothing was said about the architecture type in any of these tablets.

The one smartphone that intrigued me was the ZTE Skate, a 4.3 inch Android with an 800MHz processor. I was surprised that this wasn’t one of the 1GHz or 1.2GHz phones they were touting considering its size. It also only has an Adreno 200 GPU. It has a 5 mega pixel camera on the back, and that just about wraps it up – it’s quite ordinary, really, and has stock Android 2.3.

They also expressed plans to bring out an “Internet Box” – which we understand to be an Android-based set-top box – ¬†that’ll allow you to run applications on your TV. They didn’t confirm whether or not Google TV would be used, and didn’t go into details about how much you’d be able to do on the actual television watching side of things.

We’ll likely have hands-on time with all of this stuff sometime today or throughout the week, so stay tuned if this is something you want to hear more about.

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  • Android Fan

    ZTE with Samsung LG and HTC are future for the Android. Combined all four offer either and quality price performance and innovation. I don’t see a future for any other handset. Definitely crApple , BB and Nokia will not be around for five year time. Android will stomp all out on crApple, BB and WinPho7. symbian already dead now. Android will slowly evolve away from Google once Moto dead and then world will be free from the grips of American corporations which is good for all including US citizens as they will have to start innovating.

  • kadajawi

    Symbian isn’t dead, and it won’t be for a while. It will just be powering feature and dumb phones.

    Android isn’t all OSses for all people, WP7 has its strong points too (mainly in terms of ease of use. It’s easier to figure out, and it is just so much more attractive!). It’s not the right system for you or me, but it’s perfect for many friends, relatives etc., unlike Android.

    Motorola won’t go away ;) And many other companies are pushing into the Android market… Huawei, Meizu, etc. (Also I think Huawei has a better chance than ZTE with their phones… ZTE are quite bland and boring).

  • kadajawi

    Symbian isn’t dead, and it won’t be for a while. It will just be powering feature and dumb phones.

    Android isn’t all OSses for all people, WP7 has its strong points too (mainly in terms of ease of use. It’s easier to figure out, and it is just so much more attractive!). It’s not the right system for you or me, but it’s perfect for many friends, relatives etc., unlike Android.

    Motorola won’t go away ;) And many other companies are pushing into the Android market… Huawei, Meizu, etc. (Also I think Huawei has a better chance than ZTE with their phones… ZTE are quite bland and boring).

  • kadajawi

    Symbian isn’t dead, and it won’t be for a while. It will just be powering feature and dumb phones.

    Android isn’t all OSses for all people, WP7 has its strong points too (mainly in terms of ease of use. It’s easier to figure out, and it is just so much more attractive!). It’s not the right system for you or me, but it’s perfect for many friends, relatives etc., unlike Android.

    Motorola won’t go away ;) And many other companies are pushing into the Android market… Huawei, Meizu, etc. (Also I think Huawei has a better chance than ZTE with their phones… ZTE are quite bland and boring).

  • kadajawi2

    Symbian isn’t dead, and it won’t be for a while. It will just be powering feature and dumb phones.

    Android isn’t all OSses for all people, WP7 has its strong points too (mainly in terms of ease of use. It’s easier to figure out, and it is just so much more attractive!). It’s not the right system for you or me, but it’s perfect for many friends, relatives etc., unlike Android.

    Motorola won’t go away ;) And many other companies are pushing into the Android market… Huawei, Meizu, etc. (Also I think Huawei has a better chance than ZTE with their phones… ZTE are quite bland and boring).

    Btw., what the hell is wrong with the commenting system? It ask me for a password, and fails to post it when I click cancel. Now when I click ok it tells me I’m posting too fast, despite having waited minutes now. Huh?!

  • kadajawi

    Oh. Sorry about that. I pressed refresh and refresh and refresh… and my post didn’t appear.

  • Droid

    I agree with #2-#5 ;o). Android is not an OS for all people and despite some of its minor drawbacks, I love the OS. I despise Macrosoft and will not buy WP7 regardless of how anyone praise it. I would rather use crApple iOS than macrosoft’s wp7. I know this won’t happen, but I hope WP7 can sink the Titanic known as Nokia. Good luck Elop. I wonder how long he will last with Nokia.