ZTE PF112

The last batch of devices we looked at from ZTE at Mobile World Congress included two quad-core devices, and a few lower-end ones. At the top of the heap was the PF112. It has a 4.5-inch 1080 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (just like everything else ZTE announced). Down a notch is the Era, which has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 screen, but keeps the 8 megapixel camera and quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The Mimosa X is about on par with a 1.2 GHz processor, a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and again, keeping the 8 megapixel camera. On the wireless side, it supports 7.2 MBps HSPA. 

The other two phones are on the lower end of the value chain. The Acqua has a 1 GHz processor, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with an ICS update due in June), sports a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. Finally, there's the Kis, which has a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, and is powered by an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, the unit I was playing with at the show wasn't booting up, so there wasn't much to say about the software. 

Physically, the phones felt great. The common theme across all of these phones are the distinctly HTC-flavoured hardware stylings. ZTE was also showing off two LTE phones that were running ICS, but in the looks department, they were decidedly less sexy than the Era and PF112. ZTE's device lineup is nicely spread out to address a wide range of price points, but a virtually-nonexistant brand presence in North America will make these phones a tough sell (provided most of them actually find their way over here). We should be seeing a lot of these releasing in Q2, but the Era in particular will be launching Q4. 

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