ZTE Skate Hands-On – An OK First Attempt at a High-End Smartphone [MWC] [VIDEO]

ZTE looked to make a splash at Mobile World Congress as they vowed to wow everyone with a high-end line-up of tablets and smartphones. The ZTE Skate was one of them and it looked really nice on paper. Unfortunately, smartphone users don’t really care much for paper.

It’s a 4.3 inch handset, but ZTE decided to come up short in the processor area as it houses an 800MHz Qualcomm-made chipset. I’m not too confident it was the Scorpion as it only houses an Adreno 200 GPU. It certainly doesn’t feel like a Scorpion, anyway.

Things were quite jittery when moving about the OS. It runs Android 2.3, and although it’s believed that Gingerbread is supposed to be even more efficient, the ZTE just doesn’t have enough juice to keep up. I’m not sure why they didn’t opt to include a more powerful processor, but it’s a missed opportunity at the company’s most crucial stage of evolution.

The device also has a 5 megapixel camera, but that’s it as far as any surprises go. This one should be available sometime next month. Take a look at our quick hands-on look above.

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  • Wth

    Same old whining ‘review’ about not enough GHZ. It’s a cheap device ffs, and has more than enough power to run 2.3 Gingerbread.

  • BossHog

    First!

  • Android Fan

    ZTE going to make HTC and Samsung a run for their money. China companies are taking the mantle for innovations and showing the rest what Android Android handsets look like in the future. I don’t see anyone able to keep up with ZTE and Meizu in next few years.

  • Android Fan

    This beautiful device. Even with slow processor the Android layer is makes up for slowness so overall performance is the greater than crApple devices. Jttery experince due to too many background tasks running so turn them off – another reason why Android is superior.

  • Dave

    ^^Work for ZTE, do ya? Your engrish skills seem to support that notion…

  • chris

    @dave
    Ha yeah I agree with you on that one he sounds worse then an apple fanboi ha

  • Scotter

    I agree with the reviewer. 800mhz CPU kills it for me.

  • Ash

    This device would have been okay 6 months ago, but, with the exception of the OS ver, it barely keeps up with HTC’s 8 month old EVO.

  • jim

    yawn…

  • Richie

    it’s not the MHz that you have to worry about now. Mobile processors are moving on – when are we going to get MIPs or something else from the CPU. The Desire Z has a 800MHz cpu and runs fine. I am at a loss to work out why I need 1.2GHz dual core on my phone. My Desire HD runs everything fine. Is it being done just to sell these things? To keep prices up? To replace computers? To run GT5 on our phones in HD? It will end up like the desktop cpu market – loads of models but I now do not have a clue what is what in power terms.

  • Tom

    I think that the spec’s miss the point. The big benefit of ZTE is that they generally cost less than the competition, bringing Android to customers who otherwise couldn’t have afforded it….

  • Oskar

    @AndroidFan Samefag is same