ZTE and Huawei are getting some unwanted and rather negative attention from US lawmakers today in a new report from the House Intelligence Committee. The report, which is the product of an 11 month investigation, is claiming that the two companies could potentially allow the Chinese government to spy on the US. As if that accusation weren't bad enough, these lawmakers are also urging US businesses to avoiding using hardware sold by either company, and recommends that mergers or acquisitions involving ZTE or Huawei be blocked by the US.
Intel announced their new Medfield processor set to power multiple upcoming Android smartphones and tablets they've been rather quite. We saw a few at Mobile World Congress and this week things are starting to pick up. Moto has a Intel phone coming and today at IFA ZTE just announced the first Intel-powered Android 4.0 ICS smartphone.
NVIDIA i450 (Icera) to be exact. ZTE also makes another device with this modem, the ZTE Era. This device, the ZTE Grand X, is made to bring on power at an undeniably affordable price.
ZTE Grand X LTE smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What we have here a device similar to the recently announced Mimosa X, and it runs on the new Qualcomm processor with LTE in a single chip, one of the first of its kind. Check out our hands-on below.
Grand X LTE (T82).
Oppo didn't even last a week before somebody swooped in and took their "thinnest smartphone" badge for the finder. The corporate griefer in this case is Chinese manufacturer ZTE, whose new "Athena" smartphone was spotted by Weibo looking positively anorexic. The Athena beats the Finder by a whole .3mm, for a total Z-height of 6.2mm. Pricing and availability are, of course, up in the air.
ZTE have a new tablet on the horizon. It was first announced back in February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but today here at CTIA 2012 they had it out and available for us to get our hands on it. This 10-inch Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet comes with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. More details and video after the break.
Galaxy Note has become a surprising hit: the last we heard from Samsung, the 5.3-inch Android smartphone had sold an amazing 5 million units worldwide. This has inspired some competition from the likes of LG (with the Optimus Vu) and Panasonic (with the ELUGA Power), and now it looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE us joining in the fray. Company representatives told Reuters that they were planning not one but two "phablets" for an unspecified release date.