last spotted at Mobile World Congress. It's running a combination of CDMA and LTE bands in its wireless radio, but not the standard ones that Verizon uses. This means it's probably headed for a smaller regional carrier.
WiFi and Bluetooth certification authorities, and the company asking for its papers is Chinese manufacturer ZTE. There's just one puzzling thing about this phone: it's been given the official moniker "ZTE Optimus Barcelona". Say what?
making a splash at Mobile World Congress thanks to a wide collection of smartphones - most of which have been announced in name only. One exception is the new Era, the Chinese OEM's highest-end smartphone due out some time in the next few months. We made a point of seeking out the Era for its take on the quad-core smartphone, since everyone and their parent company seems t have on to show off. Like most of its contemporaries, the ZTE Era uses Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor in its new 4-Plus-1 incarnation.
quad-core Era isn't the only thing that ZTE revealed in its Mobile World Congress press event. While details (and photos) are hard to come by, company representatives detailed no less than nine new Android devices heading to the market over the next year, with a 7-2 split between smartphones and tablets. Thankfully they've broken down the releases into markets, so there's no confusion as to who gets what - at least for now, most of these phones are headed to the market in the second or third quarter, so naturally nothing is set in stone.
4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 processor. The Era is ZTE's new flagship, though as far as hard specs are concerned it runs a little behind the pack with a 4.3-inch 960x540 display - if you care about those things, of course. It should be quite the looker, though: a 7.8mm-thin profile puts it squarely in RAZR territory.
ZTE would be unveiling new quad-core 4G LTE devices at MWC in a couple of days, but did you know how well the company as a whole is doing? They've managed to achieve the 'world's-fastest' sales revenue increase for Q1-Q3 of 2011. Prior to this growth spurt, ZTE's sales revenue was a $6.87 billion for 2010.
NVIDIA is proud to announce their very first entry into the smartphone game. Now what does that mean? The ZTE Mimosa X smartphone will be the first device with both the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the NVIDIA Icera HSPA+ mobile chipset modem. The first smartphone fully powered by the NVIDIA chipset.
Huawei Springboard (AKA MediaPad) over on T-Mobile, with one important distinction: it starts at just $99. Of course, to get that sweet price you'll need to sign a two-year contract for a data plan. This tablet is probably in the same family as the ZTE V66 we saw earlier.