CES 2014: Various Brands Overview: ZTE Grand SII LTE, Nubia Z5S LTE, Iconic Phablet, BlueWatch Hands-on

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ZTE Grand SII LTE hands-on

This season's recent flagship from ZTE has been revealed to be the ZTE Grand SII LTE. With it, ZTE joins the Snapdragon 800 club with four 2.3Giga Hertz (GHz) Krait 400 cores, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.

The classy screen diagonal has grown to 5.5 inches, but this time around ZTE wasn't able to match the razor-thin 6.9mm of thickness of the original Grand S, but that's likely due to having to squeeze in a much larger 3,000mAh battery to power the robust processor and larger screen.

The Grand SII LTE features the same 13MP 1080p-capable shooter complemented by a 2MP front-facer. Like its predecessor (and as its name suggests), features 4G LTE support. It's available in Black, White, and Pink color variants.

ZTE nubia Z5S hands-on

The recent nubia Z5S from ZTE is a sequel to the original nubia Z5, and offers a 5-inch 1080p screen, this time of the IGZO variety. ZTE have thrown a boatload of goodies into the Z5S, including a 2.3Giga Hertz (GHz) quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 4K video recording and OIS on the 13MP shooter, the recent WiFi ac standard, and even an IR port.

The Z5S manages to retain its slim 7.6mm waistline, and even trims the height and width by a few hairs.

The IGZO fullHD panel provides remarkable colors and viewing angles, resulting in a pleasant viewing experience on par with the best 5-inch 1080p displays out there.

The 13MP primary capturing camera features optical image stabilization as well as the ability to record in 4K UHD resolution. We're eager to see how it stacks up to other 2160p-capable cameras, like the Galaxy Note 3. As an added bonus, the front-facer has been bumped up to 5MP for those who like selfies.

Iconic Phablet hands-on

ZTE's recent 5.7-inch phablet dubbed the Iconic Phablet relies on a 720p display that stretches rather thin at this range, although the pixel density isn't terrible at 258ppi.

The specs are decidedly midrange, however, with 8GB of inbuilt memory, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP capturing camera with 1MP front-facer.

The phablet operates on CDirect Memory Access (DMA) bands 800 / 1900 and LTE, but judging by the meager specs sheet it's likely targeted at developing markets.

BlueWatch hands-on

Not one to acquire left behind in the wearable tech game, ZTE has unveiled its first smartwatch offering in the ZTE BlueWatch.

It's very similar to the crowdfunded Pebble smartwatch not only in terms of appearance, but in functionality as well. It has the same three buttons on the left and one on the right, huge bezels, and even copies its 1.26-inch 144 x 168 pixel display.



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