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ZTE wows CES 2015 audience with ultra-low-cost phablet, next-gen smart projector

An iPad mini lookalike too, but that one’s shrouded in mystery for the most part.

ZTE Grand X Max Plus

Substantiating an otherwise obvious market trend, the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show has been more about surprisingly solid budget-friendly mobile gear than next-generation flagships. As odd as it may sound, the industry’s big money and profits currently lie in low-cost devices.

Especially low-cost gadgets like the $200 ZTE Grand X Max+, headed for US prepaid specialist Cricket Wireless with, get this, a 6-inch 720p panel, 4G LTE connectivity, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB RAM (!!!), 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie-friendly front snapper, and 16 GB internal storage.

Quite the enticing proposition for the two off-contract Benjamins, and in keeping with recent tradition, ZTE also pulls amazing battery feats with the X Max+, stuffing 3,200 mAh energy inside the hood, and promising swift power loading, thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. Why oh why is then Cricket exclusivity considered?

ZTE-zPad

Oh, well, at least the dirt-cheap 6 incher is setting foot on US soil in the first place, which feels a stretch for the just-unveiled 8-inch zPad. A shameless iPad mini clone, down to the hilarious name, the gold-coated slate is thus far confirmed squarely for China, with no price tag attached.

LTE-capable, super-slim and uber-fashionable (if you’re willing to turn a blind eye to the obvious aesthetical “inspiration”), the ZTE zPad isn’t exactly a powerhouse, which makes us hope it’ll be priced accordingly. Say, $200?

Yeah, sounds about right, with a humdrum 1,280 x 800 pix res display in tow, quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB on-board storage, microSD support, 4,000 mAh battery, and 5 MP/2 MP cameras.

Spro 2

Last but certainly not least (for generous tech-savvy individuals), ZTE debuted a rather unique hybrid gizmo at CES in Las Vegas. Part pico projector, part mini-tablet, part mobile hotspot and digital streaming device, the Spro 2 vastly improves on its all-around poorly executed predecessor.

Running an intelligently modified version of Android 4.4 KitKat, this thing can beam 1,080p video onto a wall of choice up to a diagonal of 120 inches. The native resolution, we’re afraid, is fairly modest, at 1,280 x 720 pixels, but the main selling point here is Spro 2’s versatility and multitasking abilities.

ZTE Spro 2

The on-board 4G LTE works without a glitch even when using the contraption as a projector, and you can connect up to eight devices to its network. Or load up more content for later viewing. Remote controlled, and powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, the “smart projector” is en route to at least a couple of American carriers.

It’s not going to be cheap, though, qualifying for the “affordable premium” market segment. In plain English, that’s no less than $600, and no more than $1,000 contract-free.

Sources: ZTE USA Newsroom, Digital Trends, The Verge

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