ZTE has finally launched two new smartphones at CES 2017 dubbed as ZTE Blade V8 Pro and the Hawkeye. The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is the newest flagship in the ZTE series, while they also launched their new smartphone, the Hawkeye, which is the result of a crowd-funding project. It must be noted that the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is a smartphone with all the premium features and boasts of trends that promise to rule the smartphone world in 2017, and on the other hand, the ZTE Hawkeye is a relatively basic device with nothing to set it apart. ZTE Blade V8 Pro is a flagship device launched in the mid-range segment, with all the features of the premium phones to offer. CES 2017 has seen launches by multiple smartphone brands and while some of the trends have carried forward from 2016, the show has set the upcoming flagship particulars in place.
Considering that the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is a flagship device, it boasts of certain premium features. The most notable thing about the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is the dual rear end camera. While earlier in the day, Asus launched their premium dual camera device and Honor too has launched a dual camera budget smartphone at CES 2017, it will be interesting to see ZTE Blade V8 Pro as a mid-ranger smartphone, different from both, Honor and Asus. The smartphone runs Android Marshmallow out of the box and though the device is a flagship product it could receive the Nougat upgrade. The smartphone comes with 5.5 inches full HD display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. The smartphone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.5 on top of the display.
Under the hood of ZTE Blade V8 Pro, the smartphone comes with an Octa-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 625 2.0 GHz processor and the GPU is a Qualcomm® Adreno 506 GPU. The smartphone comes in just one internal memory variant and that is 32 GB. However, there is an expansion card slot provided and the smartphone supports expansion up to 128 GB and has RAM of 3 GB. ZTE Blade V8 Pro comes with dual rear end cameras and dual-LED flash. The resolution of both the cameras is 13 MP and it also boasts of 8 MP front facing camera. ZTE Blade V8 Pro comes with a 3140 mAh battery. The smartphone is presently available in the US and is priced at $229. The phone is a dual SIM device and available in just Black color.
On the other hand, ZTE Hawkeye was ZTE’s experiment with crowd-sourcing. ZTE asked users to create a device which would be their perfect device and they would then create the smartphone from the best option and put it up for sale. The project has been named Hawkeye and the ZTE Hawkeye smartphone is available on Kickstarter for $199. The smartphone is slightly weird – it comes with a stick on back using which, you can stick your smartphone on different surfaces. The smartphone also comes with an eye-tracking sensor. While talking about the project, Jeff Yee, ZTE USA’s vice president of technology planning and partnerships said, "We believe that the Hawkeye name reflects the spirit and vision of ZTE as we continue to put the consumer throughout this entire process and will continue to do so in every phone we deliver."
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