Good morning, owners of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Epic 4G Touch. When you get your breath back, check your device's update function in the settings menu. Sprint's got a maintenance update, assuming that you're running the latest stock and non-rooted version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Software version S:D710.10S.FI27 adds only a few bug fixes to the email, MMS, and VPN apps, so don't get your hopes up for Jelly Bean any time soon.
Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.
The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps.
MetroPCS just announced a new 4G smartphone from ZTE for its ever-expanding 4G LTE network. Dubbed the Anthem, this new handset offers mid-range specs under a 4.3" 480x800 display, including a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and Android 2.3. Past that, the pay-as-you-go carrier was overly-scant on details, but we'll assume it's packing 1GB of RAM and some sort of camera (5MP, maybe?).
So far as looks are concerned, it's not the prettiest thing we've ever seen, but it's hard to complain for around $220 (after MiR) with no contractual agreement.
We heard that the ZTE Warp Sequent was on its way to Boost Mobile a couple of weeks ago, and sure enough, it's now available to buy for $199.99.
The 4.3-inch phone packs a qHD display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz CPU with 768MB RAM. You'll be able to take photos and make video calls using the 1.3MP front facing camera, whilst the rear shooter allows you to capture 5MP shots.
In a tweet earlier this evening, the recently resurrected evleaks Twitter account revealed what may be a variant of ZTE's Intel-powered Grand X IN phone which we saw at IFA 2012 headed for Boost Mobile.
ZTE Warp Sequent for Boost Mobile (ZTE Grand X IN): 1.4GHz, 4.3-inch qHD, 5MP cam. 9/17 for $200. twitter.com/evleaks/status…
— E (@evleaks) September 8, 2012
It's definitely worth noting, though, that this ZTE Grand X IN (if that is what we're looking at) is a tad different from the original.
It looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE may have beaten Motorola to the Intel-powered phone announcement punch, today unveiling the ZTE Grand X IN. You may remember that Motorola is planning an announcement involving Intel for September 18th.
The Grand X IN looks to be a mid-range device, carrying a 4.3" qHD TFT display (that's 540x960 resolution), an 8MP rear camera with a VGA shooter around front, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (expandable via microSD), NFC, and of course an Intel Atom Z2460 processor with just one core clocked at 1.6GHz.
If you happen to be in the market for a new phone on Sprint in the near future, you might want to hold off for a couple days. TechnoBuffalo reports that the Now Network is getting ready to launch a promotion on August 12th—and continuing until September 30th—that will offer customers a free ZTE Optik tablet when they purchase any new smartphone. Yes, any new smartphone. Including the free Galaxy Nexus for new users ($99 for upgrading customers).
As we've seen occasionally in the past, ZTE is capable of producing a genuinely impressive budget phone. It looks like they're coming up to bat again, because some purported specs for an upcoming phone have leaked, and they certainly look impressive:
Android 4.0 (could be bumped up to 4.1 by release)
4.5" HD IPS Display (1280x720) with Gorilla Glass
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU (MSM8960)
12.6MP rear shooter, 1MP front
8GB storage + microSDXC
.38" (9.6mm) thick
Custom ZTE UI pictured
The specs largely match today's flagships, such as the US variants of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III - right down to using the exact same CPU.
If you happened to pick up Sprint's newest budget-priced (but not budget performing) tablet, the ZTE Optik, then you may have awoken to an OTA update this morning. The update doesn't bring anything major, but it does offer up a few fixes that are sure to be welcome by anyone who owns this tablet:
- Google DRM solution
- Google Music
- Persistent notification after BT transfer
- Software version corrected in x-wap profile
- Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
- Sim City download issue fixed
- Response when connected to a computer via USB cable
The update should be rolling out now and finish up over the next several days.
ZTE, alongside NVIDIA, announced today the upcoming Mimosa X, the world's first smartphone to reap the benefits of NVIDIA's purchase of chipmaker Icera.
The Mimosa X is powered by NIVDIA from front-to-back thanks to the Tegra 2 and Icera450 processor/modem combo, and will intro as a good solid offering for anyone looking at the mid-range market:
- 4.3-inch qHD (960*540) display
- 1GHz Tegra 2 processor
- 5MP rear camera
- Front camera (resolution not detailed)
- 450 HSPA+ 28Mbps Icera quad-band modem
- Android 4.0
Yes, that Gingerbread in the pic.