ZTE has just unveiled its newest smartphone called the ZTE Blade X1 5G. Along with its reveal, the smartphone manufacturer announced that the device will be sold at two Verizon-owned prepaid brands: Visible and Yahoo Mobile.
The Blade X1 5G is a mid-range device with humble specs. It comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a 2340x1080 resolution. From within, the phone runs on a 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM, 128GB onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
A few days ago, it was reported that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai left an order to remove telecom gear manufactured by Chinese companies. This was reported as the chairman’s last order before he steps down from his current position in January. In its place, the U.S. government is close to approving a $1.9 billion program that will implement this “rip and replace” order.
It seems like Ajit Pai’s departure from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won’t make things easier for Huawei and ZTE. As reported today, the current FCC chairman just ordered certain US carriers to “rip and replace” equipment made by the two Chinese-owned companies.
Earlier this month, Pai announced that he will be leaving from his post as chairman of the commission on the day that the new President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. Even though that is still around five weeks from now, Pai is continuing the administration’s actions against these Chinese manufacturers before his departure. But it is still uncertain whether or not Biden will reverse these orders once he becomes president.
Ever since May 2019, the US has banned Huawei from selling its products in the country or even working with US companies. The reason for the ban is because the current administration deemed the Chinese smartphone and telecommunications equipment manufacturer as risky for their national security. But it looks like the ban is being extended to another year and will include another tech giant, ZTE.
This report comes after US President Donald Trump announced that these two Chinese tech giants will be banned from selling and working with US companies from “using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk.”
When it comes to making phones, China doesn't necessarily lack in that department. As a matter of fact, if you do a simple Google search using the phrase "chinese phone maker", brands like Huawei, Lenovo, and of course, ZTE, will come up. If you're not familiar with these names, there's no need to fret -- these brands are not that well-known in the United States.
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