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ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

The ZTE Nubia Z18S has both a bonkers name and one display up front and another display around the rear. The most common reaction to the first appearance of this smartphone on social networks is simply the word: "why?" Because ZTE decided they needed to snag a headline after so much bad press over the past year? Maybe it had to do with the idea that we've not had a phone like this in a while, and ZTE decided "maybe if we try this same idea again, it'll work different this time!"

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ZTE Axon 9 Pro has a nifty trick and you can’t have it

ZTE Axon 9 Pro has a nifty trick and you can’t have it

ZTE is back from the dead, sort of. And at least for now. The company is perhaps desperate to put the horrible past few months behind and show a tough face. That resolve is being tested at IFA 2018 where it’s showing off the Axon 9 Pro. Yes, there was no Axon 8 and neither is there a non-Pro Axon 9. And while the ZTE Axon 9 Pro might sound like any other 2018 flagship, it does have one feature that makes it a tiny bit more interesting. Unfortunately for US consumers, that doesn’t really matter.

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ZTE Axon 9 Pro official teaser unsurprisingly features a notch

ZTE Axon 9 Pro official teaser unsurprisingly features a notch

ZTE narrowly escaped death and while it is barred from doing business with the US government, it can at least still do business elsewhere. Which means it’s full speed ahead with its upcoming smartphones. Trying to make up for lost time, ZTE has posted on Chinese microblog site Weibo teasers for the soon to be announced ZTE Axon 9 Pro. And to no one’s surprise, it’s not suddenly sporting a notch when it didn’t back in February.

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White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices. The move follows years of debate over the two companies and the potential national security risk their hardware may present. The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

The Democratic National Committee has advised Democrats and their staff to avoid purchasing and/or using smartphones made by ZTE and Huawei, both Chinese companies, citing potential security concerns. Both companies have been in the US government's crosshairs for years, with officials and politicians worrying that these devices may be used by the Chinese government to compromise US telecommunications.

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ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

It seems that ZTE can finally put the nightmarish few months behind it. Somewhat. Although the company and US President Trump’s administration just recently signed a deal that lifted what would have been a fatal seven-year ban, senators from both sides of the political fence wanted to block that deal by sneaking it into an upcoming law. Now it seems that the deal will be left in place after Republican senators decided to withdraw that clause in exchange for some other stipulation that both political parties could agree on.

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US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

ZTE’s nightmares may finally be coming to an end. Of course, it will still have to recoup its losses from both paying the US’ penalties and months of stopping operations but at least it will have a chance to. That is, if it gets off the ground at all. The US government just announced that ZTE has signed an agreement to pay an escrow and install a monitor. Once that’s done, the company will finally be free, sort of.

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ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE is a Chinese company but it has found itself in the unfortunate position to need the US government’s permission before it can start operating again. That authorization has just been provided, allowing ZTE to breathe just a little bit. It is, however, a very small reprieve that will run only until August 1 as ZTE awaits the ultimate fate of its compromise with the Trump administration that is being blocked even by the US presidents’ allies in Congress.

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ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

OEMs and proponents can rationalize it all they want but there’s no denying the historical fact that the notch, a.k.a. the screen cutout, would have not existed if not for the bezel-less display trend. Since it debuted on the iPhone X and dozens of phones later, other manufacturers, curiously all Chinese ones, have tried their hands at solving the design problem in a different way. According to a new leak, ZTE might actually have the solution that makes the most practical sense but also the most expensive.

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ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

It may have been painted as ZTE’s lifesaver but the $1 billion deal it signed with the US government may prove to be even more trouble. The agreement would naturally incur a lot of changes on ZTE’s part, but that is if it will actually push through. The US Senate has just voted 85 to 10 to pass an annual defense policy bill that, among other things, included a provision that would block the Trump administration’s deal with ZTE in the interests of national security.

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US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

ZTE was just handed a deal by Wilbur Ross, Trump casino investor** and current Trump-appointed Secretary of Commerce. In the year 2012, ZTE broke US embargo with Iran and North Korea. ZTE pled guilty in a US court, and agreed to several penalties - only to one of which it actually complied. Having broken agreement to NOT deal ship products to Iran and North Korea, then broken agreement to penalties for breaking the first agreement, the US government delivered a 7-year ban on US companies exporting ANY products to ZTE's businesses.

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