Following its plan adjustments earlier this month, Aio Wireless has announced the expansion of its product offerings with three additional smartphones: the Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and the ZTE Sonata 4G. The ZTE is available now, but the other two aren't set to arrive until February 14.
Modular smartphone setups are still not something that would be considered mainstream by any means, but they do seem to be a setup that we are hearing more and more about. There has been chatter from Phonebloks as well as from Motorola with Project Ara. And more recently, we spotted the ZTE Eco-Mobius while walking the show floor here at CES.
ZTE unveiled a full range devices during the show, including their first phablet and their entry in the the wearable space. Those were the Iconic Phablet and the BlueWatch. Along with those devices were a few smartphones, including the follow-up to the Grand S, appropriately dubbed the Grand S II. Similar to the other devices unveiled here, the release date and price for the Grand S II are still up in the air.
ZTE is showing their entry into the wearable space here at CES 2014. This is the ZTE BlueWatch and as one would assume based on the name, this is a smartwatch. We also couldn't help see quite few similarities with another smartwatch -- the Pebble. Device support includes Android and the display measures in at 1.26-inches with a resolution of 144 x 168.
ZTE has jumped into the phablet space. The device, teased just ahead of CES and shown off during the show is called the Iconic Phablet. This is a 5.7-inch device powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Some of the remaining specs includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
ZTE did a bit of teasing pre-CES, and now that the show has begun, we have been able to get some hands-on time with the various items. There were some smartphones and the Iconic Phablet, however one stuck out a bit, the ZTE Projector Hotspot. This one is as the name would suggest and serves as both a projector and mobile hotspot.
ZTE isn't ready to show you its new phablet, mini-projector-and-WiFi-hotspot combo, BlueWatch smartwatch, and other fresh gear its prepared for CES 2014 quite yet, but that's not going to stop it from talking about them ahead of the show. The company has at least eight new products, including the Grand S II flagship with triple-microphone noise reduction and what sounds like similar voice control features to the Moto X, a 5.7-inch Iconic Phablet with a quadcore processor, wireless charging, and split-screen apps to show two programs simultaneously, and the ZTE BlueWatch, a combination fitness tracker and smartphone remote for the wrist.
Sony is considering launching at least one Windows Phone handset in 2014, sources claim, as Microsoft courts potential partners to bolster support for its "third platform" OS. Sony, which has been building exclusively Android-powered smartphones for several years, is in the midst of negotiations with Microsoft about adding a second ecosystem to its range, insiders tell The Information, which could potentially launch with VAIO branding rather than the Xperia brand its existing phones carry.
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has some words for the US government and US tech companies. In light of a push in recent years by some officials and tech execs to shun Huawei and ZTE based on their alleged collusion with the Chinese government to spy on the US, Zhengfei said Huawei is "exiting the US market." However, the statement should be seen as a stern statement of things to come rather than an immediate game plan if international suspicions don't cool off.
ZTE is planning its own smartwatch, the Chinese company's smartphone marketing chief has confirmed, aiming the companion wearable at the "mainstream market" but initially only working with ZTE handsets. The wrist-worn gadget will offer similar functionality to Samsung's opinion-splitting Galaxy Gear but at a more affordable price point, Lu Qianhao told Digits, though launch plans will only cover China initially.
We've been covering the NSA and other spy agencies pretty faithfully here at SlashGear, and while all that cloak-and-dagger, hack-and-spy, Big-Brother-Is-Watching-You drama can be provocative, that's not why we cover it. We cover it because it affects the tech industry and, by extension, the gadgets we obsess over. The reverberations of mass data surveillance by governments do eventually make their way down to consumer tech. Today we're seeing one way spying has chilled the industry that underpins our toys. Take the recent decline in US tech sales in China and yesterday's statements by executives from Qualcomm and Cisco, for example.