March 5, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
ZTE might be one of the most interesting technology manufacturers to watch for in 2012, as the Chinese company has revealed a bunch of new high-end products at the MWC, including a quad-core smartphone and two quad-core tablets, all running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, their ‘’stock’’ of new gadgets seems to not have run out just yet and a new smartphone has just gotten WiFi and Bluetooth certification. This future Android-based device could be called the ZTE Optimus Barcelona, but its suspected name might cause some confusion, as well as some unnecessary lawsuits.
As you all know, the ‘’Optimus’’ name is an LG brand for quite some time and I’m not sure how the Koreans will like it if a competing company will try to use the name for their benefits.
As far as the second part of this future ZTE smartphone’s name goes, this is even more confusing. How come? Well, there’s already a ZTE-manufactured phone, an entry-level QWERTY candybar to be more exact, marketed as the Orange Barcelona and sold all over Europe in a line that includes other similar devices, such as the ‘’Stockholm’’ or the ‘’San Francisco’’.
Also, if the guys at ZTE had a smartphone they planned to call ‘’Barcelona’’ in store, why not unveil it at the MWC last month, which took place, as you all know, in… Barcelona, Spain?
That’s some exciting intrigue, if you ask me, and it will be interesting to see how it all unravels in the coming weeks or months. However, for the time being we should concentrate on the things we know and let all the speculations for later on.
Aside from the fact that it will feature WiFi and Bluetooth, the Optimus Barcelona (or whatever they will end up calling it) should also come with 3G connectivity and Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. Pretty much all the details about the screen and processor are for the time being unknown, but what we do know is that this device will be a medium-range European special smartphone.
Not excited? Well, there aren’t many reasons to get excited so far, but who knows? Maybe the guys at ZTE have another pleasant surprise in store for us. And if they don’t, maybe we’ll at least see some good old-fashioned copyright fighting between them and LG.