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Sprint’s newest hotspot might be its most ambitious: combining a pico projector, Android device and wireless hotspot, it certainly has more features than a run-of-the-mill hotspot.

ZTE Projector on stand back

What happens when you take a pico projector — which have previously been packed into all sorts of devices, including phones — and put it into a wireless hotspot instead? You’d get Sprint’s LivePro, manufactured by ZTE, which goes on sale this Friday for $450.
ZTE Projector on stand left angle

Combining a 10-foot projector with 1280 x 800 resolution, an LTE mobile hotspot and Android 4.2, the device is certainly interesting. It can even run Android apps — say, Netflix — on the included 4-inch WVGA touchscreen. The puck-sized gadget comes with a 5000mAh battery that can also provide power to a phone, although how long that can pump out projected video remains to be seen.

The Sprint LivePro has HDMI and audio-out jacks in addition to a built-in speaker. That gives users the option of uhjsing the device by itself, or plugging it into a TV or sound system. The Android part of the gadget is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon and 1GB of RAM and has Google Play access.

Sprint seems to be angling this product toward business customers who need a projector on the road, but I can see it also being a video-focused tablet-replacement for families with kids. Pico projectors are very cool, and are continually getting less expensive; it’s just a matter of how they’re used. It’s really easy to make a gimmicky pico projector product. In my opinion, combining one with a hotspot makes a lot more sense than a projector and phone combo.

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  1. will they offer unlimited data? or some buckets much larger than what US carriers offer today?

    the killer app for this would be projecting video delivered over LTE and for that will need big cheap buckets or unlimited data.

  2. this needs unlimited data to be useful

  3. That’s pretty steep for what Sprint is asking for. Especially given that if I use the projector for video and movies, I’d want to make sure that the it can deliver the picture that I want and at 100 lumens, I’d have some reservations. I’d probably step up to something that’s a little more brighter like 300 lumens, to ensure that I can get the picture quality that I want. Even for making presentations, at 100 lumens it’s iffy. I’ve used projectors like the optima 550 and aaxa p300 for presentations and movies, which worked very well.