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“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, as more and more LTE networks come on stream.” That’s a quote from He Shiyou, executive VP and head of ZTE’s terminal division, commenting […]

“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, as more and more LTE networks come on stream.”

That’s a quote from He Shiyou, executive VP and head of ZTE’s terminal division, commenting on two new handsets that will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event later this month. But this pair of Android 4.0 handsets with LTE aren’t the whole story. Note that Shiyou mentions a “wide range of LTE devices” which likely means plenty of phones and tablets.

Typically, the handsets debuting at MWC are meant first for the non-U.S. market, but as ZTE pushes to become a recognizable brand in the U.S., I wonder if it will share plans for U.S. device launches too. In the sea of smartphones and tablets from Samsung, Motorola, and HTC, it might be a nice little shakeup for our shores. Consider that ZTE often competes very well on price — look at the no-contract ZTE Optik tablet for $349 for an example — and the two new Android 4.0 models are no slouches in the spec department.

The ZTE PF200, a GSM/UMTS/LTE phone, includes NFC support a 1.5 GHz chip, 4.3-inch display, and 8 megapixel camera. ZTE’s N910 supports CDMA/EVDO/FDD-LTE with a 1.2 GHz processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1080p front sensor. I’m looking forward to seeing how they fare against the current Android players. I’d be concerned if I were in their shoes.

  1. Don’t know whether the only people happy with these advances in the marketplace / technology are the editors and technology geeks?

    Even if the hardware and software are able to keep pace with each other, can average users keep up with it? How many users out there are actually worrying about the finest things happening in the world of technology? How many are looking forward to these changes? And, is it practically possible to change your phone or upgrade your device 2 times a year or even once a year? Also, how much of these advances are really required and solicited actively by users?

    I also have another grouse. Wondering whether to go iPhone or Android way was tough anyways, now we also have to wonder if it possible to have a course like http://www.wiziq.com/course/2792-develop-android-applications and will a course like that ever finish learning?

    But then, there is no use complaining. One will have to find new ways to learn – online and offline.

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    1. Totally fair points, Vikrama. But it’s not just consumers that may/may not want these advances. Carriers want to get devices off of the older networks over to LTE where there’s more efficiency and cheaper costs to deliver data. It wouldn’t surprise me to see early upgrade deals to get folks on LTE handsets.

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