ZTE, a global manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, held an official launch today in Guangzhou, China for the ZTE Star 2, its latest 4G LTE flagship voice controlled device. Key highlights of the ZTE Star 2 include intelligent system-level voice control, an enhanced mobile entertainment experience, and a brand new customizable UI.
“ZTE is pleased to announce the launch of the ZTE Star 2, which offers superior voice control functions that redefine the smartphone experience,” said Shi Lirong, Executive Director and President of ZTE Corporation. “Building on the success of Star 1, Star 2 represents the latest product from our biometrics voice integration strategy. ZTE is committed to changing people’s lives and how they interact with mobile devices in the connected world era via mobile broadband internet.”
The innovative ZTE Star 2 is supported by more than 1000 patents, of which 158 are related to voice control, further demonstrating the strength of ZTE Star 2’s intelligent voice technology in the industry.
In China, ZTE Star 2 is one of the few devices to support China Mobile’s new RCS service, representing a significant milestone for smart devices. ZTE Star 2’s voice control technology will integrate with RCS voice messaging and call features, offering an advanced and seamless voice experience across different platforms within China Mobile’s RCS service.
Smarter Voice Control
ZTE Star 2 features the industry’s first system-level voice and speech recognition solution that is fully functional even when the device is offline and without a network connection. Its improved recognition technology offers a rapid response rate of just 1.2 seconds, with a 90% success rate even in abnormal noise ambience conditions. ZTE Star 2’s wide array of voice control functions allow users to unlock the device with their own unique voice tone, make phone calls, open third-party apps, play music, take photos and much more. The device also offers a number of smart voice functions for both business and entertainment purposes, such as real-time voice-to-text input and a function that allows users to play music using voice commands.
Star 2 also comes with ZTE’s newly improved driving mode, which offers a safer and more convenient hands-free driving experience. Its driving mode features a range of voice control functions, such as automatic GPS navigation, message replying, call answering, and music control.
ZTE Star 2’s voice control functions are complemented by an array of motion sensing features that offer added convenience to users. For instance, a user can simply hold the device by their ear and say the name of a contact to call them, without having to activate the touch screen or unlock the device.
Customizable UI – MiFavor 3.0
ZTE Star 2 is the first device to come with the latest MiFavor 3.0 UI, which offers customizable and pre-defined color schemes for a vibrant, fashionable and flat user interface. With over 100 different combinations to choose from, MiFavor 3.0 features a variety of icons, wallpapers and color options, taking personalization to a new level.
Designed for optimal voice control, the beautifully crafted ZTE Star 2 comes with thin bezels (1.18 mm) and a thin body (6.9mm) that offers comfort for everyday use. It is built with an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy frame and a 5-inch dual-layer Gorilla Glass 3 screen for durability and scratch resistance.
Enhanced Entertainment Experience
For photography enthusiasts, the ZTE Star 2 is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, offering powerful camera performance. Its 5 megapixel front camera comes with an 88° ultra-wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture, which is perfect for capturing group selfies. The cameras can be controlled by voice, smile, timer and touch, and users can launch the camera application by drawing a ‘C’ on the screen.
ZTE Star 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, a premium tier processor that offers sharper image capture, improved performance and outstanding battery life. It comes with 16GB ROM + 2GB RAM internal memory and a 2300mAH battery.
ZTE Star 2 will be available for purchase via a number of online platforms in China from December 18, 2014, priced at 2499 RMB. More information about its availability in additional markets will be announced at a later date. ZTE is looking forward to showcasing an array of flagship devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas.