About a year ago, ZTE had pled guilty of violating sanctions with North Korea and Iran, and just this week, the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) has slapped a seven year export restriction for the Chinese tech giant, which effectively now bans American component manufacturers from selling to the mobile brand.
For those who were closely following every development related to Android Oreo (Go Edition), or Android Go for short, they might known that two phone makers were sort of racing to be first to release an Android Go powered device in the United States mobile market. Those two brands, of course, are Alcatel and ZTE.
According to a team of analysts from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (and picked up by CNBC), it appears that the second biggest phone maker in the face of the planet has plans to introduce a foldable iPhone by the end of the decade. Rumors of Apple releasing a folding iPhone are nothing new, but this time around, the report is citing sources that include a number of the company’s partner suppliers.
Just in time for this year’s Mobile World Congress event, ZTE has decided to introduce a new addition to its existing Blade lineup of smartphone devices. Meet the ZTE Blade V9 -- a phablet that features a full screen design on the front side, and a camera built to capture images efficiently even in low light settings.
Half a dozen of America’s top intelligence officials recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee that would want consumers in the United States not to use any devices, as well as services, from Chinese tech companies, even globally known brands such as Huawei and ZTE.
Qualcomm has recently revealed that it is joining forces with a number of Chinese mobile giants in order to start producing 5G ready mobile devices set for release by next year. Some of the phone makers the mobile chip manufacturer is partnering with include Xiaomi, Oppo (which owns OnePlus), Vivo, Lenovo (which now owns Motorola’s Moto brand of smartphones), and ZTE.
You might have already have of the Axon M, the new foldable smartphone device that ZTE had debuted back in October earlier this year. Well, for those of you interested in getting your hands on this twin screen marvel of a handset, you might want to check out what Best Buy is offering.
Just a week ago, rumors of Apple developing a foldable iPhone model surfaced in the interwebs. The talk was that the tech giant was teaming up with LG in order to start building a smartphone with a foldable OLED screen possibly three years from now. Well, unlike the iPhone maker, ZTE is not waiting until the end of the decade to showcase its own take on the foldable phone concept.
It appears that Boost Mobile is not the only launching a back to school promotion deal. Mobile virtual network operator Tello is also introducing its own back to school special offer -- specifically a generous $20 discount on selected mobile devices that are purchased together with a wireless plan.
Mainly because of their size and specs, phablets are not always that budget friendly. ZTE, however, has been releasing affordable big screen smartphone devices since about a couple of years ago. Sure, the brand is not as popular as Samsung or LG, but for those who do not mind exploring all available options, ZTE’s phablet offerings are actually not bad, especially for their price.
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