Though it just went up for sale on Friday, the ZTE Open is already sold out on eBay after just a weekend's availability. Both US and UK eBay stores no longer have any stock of the Firefox OS-running phone, the Telegraph reports, which means consumers will need to wait until another production run is made before they can get their hands on one. Let it be known, however, there has been no announcement as to what the original stock numbers were.
In a strange move by ZTE, the company is planning to sell its latest handset in the US and UK by listing it on eBay. Of course, this wouldn't the first time that companies have resorted to eBay for selling their products, but it's interesting to see a mobile phone maker sell their devices directly through eBay instead of their own website.
The International Data Corporation, more commonly known as the IDC, has revealed its smartphone shipment numbers for the second quarter of this year, showing a global increase of 6-percent over the same quarter last year. The growth, at least in part, was the result of makers other than the top 5, such as Huawei and Alcatel, seeing a boost in shipments.
We've known about the ZTE Geek in the past, but very few details were known at that point, other than that it was running Intel’s Atom Z2580 SoC. However, today we're being treated with what appears to be an unveiling of the ZTE Geek, running an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making it the world's first Tegra 4-equipped smartphone.
The first Firefox OS smartphones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, will hit the market "soon" Mozilla has confirmed this morning, promising imminent launches from Duetsche Telekom and Telefonica. The two new handsets run Mozilla's own alternative to Android, Firefox OS, taking a web-centric perspective on apps and services in order to keep costs down and make the phones more appealing to developing markets. According to Telefonica, the first device will hit this week.
Last month, AT&T's recently launched Aio Wireless added the Nokia Lumia 620 to its modest lineup of devices, and today it has added another device, this time for a special occasion - the launch of its 4G LTE network, giving users access to faster mobile data. The handset is an Aio-branded ZTE Overture, which will hit shelves in July.
In December, word surfaced that ZTE would be showing off the Grand S, which was being hailed as the world's thinnest phablet, at CES 2013. Such was the case, and we got our hands on the giant smartphone back in January. Since hitting shelves, some feedback of the smartphone has been of the critical variety, with some consumers taking issue with the small non-removable battery. Such complaints have been addressed with the Grand S Flex.
A suspected glimpse of what was at first believed to be a brand new version of the Nexus 7 has instead been revealed to be a tablet made by ZTE. Inside a Google-made promotion for Google Maps exploring Central Park appeared a little-known 7-inch tablet that could very well have been Google's next-generation handheld tablet. Just this morning, though, the truth has come out.
In Monaco earlier today, ZTE officially unveiled its ZTE Grand X2 In Intel-powered flagship smartphone, once again eschewing its stigma of peddling lower-end handsets by offering an all-around high end smartphone slated for release in Europe this autumn for an unspecified amount. There's no word yet whether this handset will make its way to the US.
Last week, Microsoft announced that it had entered a patent licensing agreement with Foxconn parent Hon Hai, covering devices that run Android and Chrome OS. Today, it has made the same announcement, this time concerning ZTE. Says Microsoft, the agreement grants the Chinese smartphone maker license to its "worldwide patent portfolio."
The European Union has set its sights on its next target, or should we say targets. It has placed both Huawei and ZTE in its crosshairs and plans on launching an investigation against the companies due to suspicions over unfair subsidies as well as national security issues. Normally, the EU would launch investigations based on complaints from companies, however, this time around, the EU is taking matters into its own hands.