ZTE is trying to become more than a maker of entry-level and white label smartphones. The Axon is certainly the nicest phone ZTE has ever made, but it's more expensive than its other phones too. The company is hoping to appeal to budget-conscious buyers with a new device financing option, which should be live for all its products very soon. The catch? It's stupid-expensive.
The ZTE AXON Pro arrived in the US on August 1st, and similar options appeared elsewhere last month, giving smartphone buyers a chance to own a 5.5" screen with a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM for $450. Now the manufacturer has launched a smaller version of the device, the ZTE AXON Mini, in China. It's joined by the AXON Watch, which doesn't come with Android Wear. And while it's not available yet, ZTE announced that the larger AXON Max is on its way.
The AXON Mini is smaller, not small. You still get a 5.2" display, one that will offer pressure-sensitive touch.
After making its debut at IFA earlier this month, the ZTE Axon Elite is now available for purchase. eBay links are available for several countries across Europe, and there's a global link for most everywhere else in the world, excluding the US and Canada. Those two countries already have the similar Axon Pro, and the Axon Elite lacks the necessary bands.
The ZTE Axon Elite is a slick metal device that sports a 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass (intended to keep things less gross). The inside is packed with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (along with a microSD slot).
AT&T's prepaid service is set to expand its budget offerings this week with the ZTE ZMAX 2. As the name implies, this is the followup to the original ZMAX . Like its predecessor, the ZMAX 2 tries to offer some more premium features while keeping the price reasonable. This one is even cheaper, though.
We've seen mobile hotspots for cars before, but I don't think I've ever heard of one that uses the ODB-II communications port on your vehicle for power, freeing up that precious cigarette lighter for things like chargers. The ZTE Mobley is just that.
Power is, of course, provided from the ODB-II port on your vehicle, and the hotspot theoretically should only function when the vehicle is on or in accessory mode. This leaves your precious cigarette lighter free for things like chargers, and also removes the associated bulk of what is likely to be an at least semi-permanent accessory for your vehicle.
They said it would be coming on the first of August, and it looks like they're right on time. ZTE's interesting Axon, which made a splash with impressive specs and an off-contract selling price, is now on sale in the US. You can pick up the phone in white, gold, or navy blue from the manufacturer's website. If you've got an Amazon Prime or Newegg Premier customer account you can grab the phone from either retailer, and eBay is selling it as well.
The Axon sells for $449.99 at all outlets and in all colors, though Newegg is currently backordered for the blue model and doesn't have the gold version is stock, and Amazon only seems to be selling the blue version.
Doorknobs. Keyboards. Mobile electronics of all kinds. I'll take "things that are always covered in germs and crap, and which I really prefer not to think about" for $400, Alex. Yes, all the things you touch every day have a nasty habit of leaving gunk on your touchscreen phone - it's kind of part and parcel of the whole "touch" thing. But Corning wants to make you feel a little less gross when you think about that with its new version of the ubiquitous Gorilla Glass.
ZTE is best known for making super-cheap phones that are sold on pre-paid carriers. However, its latest device goes after a different market entirely. The ZTE Axon is an all-metal premium smartphone priced at $450 that you can use on any GSM/LTE network.
Huh, exclusive? It's been nearly three months. That's long enough. We have a larger network than AT&T. We cover more of the country, which means there's a better chance we'll connect with someone who actually knows what a smart projector is and wants one. How many have you guys sold with AT&T anyway?
There has to be someone out there looking to sign a contract on a lightweight projector that's capable of running Android apps.
Wait, you don't even know what a smart projector is? Right... that might be a problem. Okay, I'm going to talk to my fellow AT&T execs and—you know what, screw it, we're going to sell this anyway. Someone out there is going to love it. I mean, what better way is there to impress your business clients than to whip out some cool, forward-looking piece of tech that no one else has even seen?