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ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

If you thought that ZTE was done asking people’s opinions about its next “innovation”, you’d be dead wrong. Last month, the company closed the doors on is “Crowd Source X” or CSX campaign that crowd-sourced the idea for a unique device it will present at CES 2017. But while the idea should already be on its way to actual design and production, there is apparently a small hold up. It doesn’t have a name yet. And so ZTE did what any company would do: ask the same crowd to come up with a name.

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ZTE Axon 7 Enhanced: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, limited supply

ZTE Axon 7 Enhanced: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, limited supply

ZTE’s US market invasion continues. After the Axon 7, Axon 7 Mini, and an odd crowdsourcing campaign, the Chinese OEM has announced a “half refresh” of its Axon 7 flagship that no Android fan will be able to resist. Adding to the already high-end specs of the original, this “Enhanced” edition gets 6 GB of RAM , 128 GB of storage, and “Force Touch”. But if you’re guessing there’s a higher price to pay, you’d be spot on. To make matters worse for buyers, it won’t be available for long.

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ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

It has been a very busy two months for ZTE in the US. First, it launched the Axon 7 Mini in the country for the first time. Then it wrapped up it’s crowdsourcing campaign for a smartphone. Finally, it brought the ZMax Pro to T-Mobile, after enjoying some alone time with MetroPCS. Now, it is heading for Cricket Wireless and it is bringing along the ZTE Grand X 4, successor to the same line that prepaid carrier got in January, promising you won’t have to compromise on features just to get a low price.

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ZTE ZMax Pro comes to T-Mobile at long last

ZTE ZMax Pro comes to T-Mobile at long last

Not everyone wants all the trappings of a high-end and expensive flagship smartphone. But almost everyone wants the best smartphone that their money can buy, and, sometimes, that money is in short supply. Mid-range smartphones are a dime a dozen, so choosing the best can be as daunting as choosing a wedding gown. For T-Mobile subscribers, however, that choice might have just been made simpler. After enjoying some attention at MetroPCS, the ZTE ZMax Pro is arriving at T-Mobile with its surprising mix of high specs and low price.

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ZTE’s crowdsourced product: an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone

ZTE’s crowdsourced product: an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone

The people have spoken. Finally putting an end to the unorthodox, somewhat insane, not to mention risky, crowdsourcing project, ZTE USA has revealed the finally tally of its CSX stunt. After whittling the useful, sometimes wacky ideas down to five, the ZTE community has voted that the company’s next mobile device will be a smartphone that can use eye-tracking to control and navigate the interface. And, to facilitate that completely hands-free operation, the device can also stick to walls as well.

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini finally goes on pre-order in the US

ZTE Axon 7 Mini finally goes on pre-order in the US

“Mini” and “compact” are two words that no longer mean what they originally meant, at least not in the smartphone market. Take for example, the ZTE Axon 7 Mini, which is finally making its way to the US after a month of basking in European weather. There is nothing mini, compact, or small about it, standing at 5.2 inches. That said, one can probably claim that its price tag is, at least, miniature, compared to its full-blown ZTE Axon 7 counterpart.

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Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

The nubia z11 mini S smartphone has gone official and it has some very cool features packed inside a device that really isn't small as the mini name would imply. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch screen with full HD resolution. It comes in three colors including khaki, champagne, and alloy. I think most of us would call those colors gray, black, and gold.

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ZTE finally puts its crowdsourced ideas to the vote

ZTE finally puts its crowdsourced ideas to the vote

While companies will always talk about connecting with their customers, getting their feedback, and having open lines of communications, very few will actually get those involved in the design process of products. Such poses the risk of too many cooks ruining the broth. But last August, ZTE defied that commonly accepted business sense with Project CSX, short for “Crowd Sourced X”, which asked the crowd what they want ZTE’s next innovative product to be. After whittling those down to five, ZTE is now asking the very same crowd to vote for their favorite.

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ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE’s Axon brand continues to do miracles for the company in the US. After a surprising first launch last year, the Chinese manufacturer aimed to bring high-end specs down to an affordable level with the Axon 7 last July. To follow up on that success, ZTE is pushing an update that tries to address some of the biggest pain points of the smartphone, or any smartphone for that matter, particularly in signal strength as well as battery life.

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ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

Brave or foolhardy, ZTE's attempt to crowdsource the next must-have mobile device has come up with a trio of oddball ideas it's hoping fans will flesh out for a potential production version. Project CSX was announced back in August, with ZTE inviting suggestions for a possible gadget to fit into its 2017 range; now, we know the shortlist.

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ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

ZTE Axon 7 mini isn’t actually miniature, but its price is

Can you sell a smartphone on sound? ZTE believes you can, hence the ZTE Axon 7 mini, a slightly more pocket-friendly follow-up to the popular Axon 7, announced at IFA 2016 today. Figuring that not everybody wants a 5.5-inch display, the new handset makes audio quality its biggest selling point, though frankly it's price where the Axon 7 mini is most competitive.

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ZTE Axon Pro, Axon 7 bootloaders can be unlocked only upon request

ZTE Axon Pro, Axon 7 bootloaders can be unlocked only upon request

Android is a very powerful platform, partly thanks to its flexibility and openness. But in some cases, that openness starts at the process called bootloader unlocking. A process that is generally frowned upon by device makers but loved, nay demanded even, by power users. Trying to buck the trend and appeal to its US fanbase, ZTE has announced that it will allow owners in the US to unlock the bootloaders of their Axon Pros or Axon 7's. But only upon explicit request and with a big fat warning about voiding warranties.

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