Feb 14th, 2011

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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