Android Phones

ZTE taking the high road with new Android devices

February 15, 2011 | by Michael Heller

Android Devices, Android Phones, Tablets

ZTE Skate

One of the more interesting announcements at this year’s MWC has come from ZTE, a Chinese telcom which has held a solid portion of the Chinese market by offering a number of low-end Android phones. Last year, ZTE shipped 2 million Android phones, and this year is looking to increase that number to 10 million, but also aim a little higher with these. ZTE has announced a number of devices ranging from 1 GHz smartphones to 1.2 GHz dual-core devices. The standouts from ZTE’s announcement were the ZTE Skate, the Light 2, the Light 10, and a mysterious “Internet box”.

The Skate is, just as you might guess, a smartphone with a design inspired by a skateboard. The Skate will feature a 4.3-inch display, 800MHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and Android 2.3.

Next up is the ZTE Light 2, which, as you can tell from the picture, is running Android 2.2. The good news is that it’s a 7″ Pixel Qi transflective screen, meaning it can switch between LCD mode and eInk mode. It also features a 1 GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage.

The Light 10 is a bigger version of the same tablet, but it’ll be running Honeycomb and it’ll be bumped up to 1.2 GHz, though no word if that’s a single or dual-core CPU.

Last up is the unnamed “Internet box” which is an Android-powered TV set-top box that will allow you to run Android apps on your TV. No word on how you might interact with said apps, since I’d be willing to be your TV isn’t touchscreen. No word on how the box would work in general really, because the concept raises a lot of questions.