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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.

Minimalist Design 

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.

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Apple today announced that models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.

iPad Air 2 is the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations—an improved Retina® display with a new anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent* for enhanced viewing in the office, the classroom or outdoors; all new iSight® and FaceTime cameras for capturing stunning photos and videos; second generation 64-bit A8X chip that delivers improved CPU and graphics performance while playing games or working; and the revolutionary Touch ID™, a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger and authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day, iPad Air 2 still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life** users expect from iPad. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular delivers faster WLAN and FDD-LTE for up to 50 percent faster cellular connections*** so users can easily get and stay connected wherever they go.

The new iPad mini 3 joins iPad Air 2 in offering users the simplicity and security of Touch ID; both run more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for iPad and come in three gorgeous metallic finishes—gold, silver and space gray.

Pricing & Availability

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are currently available in more than 110 countries worldwide including China, the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore and the UK. iPad Air 2 with WLAN models are available in China for a suggested retail price of 3,588 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,288 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,988 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 3,588 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 4,288 (RMB) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with WLAN + Cellular models which support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 4,488 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,188 (RMB) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are now offered at more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, iPad mini 2 starts at 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model, and iPad mini starts at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB with WLAN model. iPad Air with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,888 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,288 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad Air with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,788 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 4,188 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN models are available for a suggested retail price of 2,198 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 2,588 (RMB) for the 32GB model. iPad mini 2 with WLAN + Cellular models which support both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE are available for a suggested retail price of 3,088 (RMB) for the 16GB model and 3,488 (RMB) for the 32GB model. Additionally, the original iPad mini is offered at 1,798 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN model and 2,688 (RMB) for the 16GB WLAN + Cellular model. iPads are available through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Acer today announced the launch of the latest addition to its Iconia tablet family: the Iconia Talk S. It is the very first tablet presented by Acer to support 4G LTE connectivity. With its 7-inch display, voice-call functionalities, and microSD support of up to 128GB, this device seamlessly expands the existing product line of Acer tablets.

Balanced Dual World

With the Iconia Talk S, Acer developed a well-balanced product. Its large screen makes it a tablet that is pleasant to use, while the voice-calling features allows it to be used as a phone, eliminating the hassle of having to rely on two devices and constantly switching between the two. The slim, narrow body and light weight of only 270 grams make the tablet pocketable and provide a comfortable one-handed experience just like those usually enabled by smartphones. Finally, thanks to its Dual SIM slot, the Iconia Talk S lets users simultaneously access different networks with only one device for more flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This feature is especially convenient for those who are often split between two worlds: frequent travelers, for example, will be able to use their home and local SIM cards, cutting roaming costs and remaining more accessible while on the road, while busy professionals can keep up with their personal and work lives at the same time.

Blazing Fast Connectivity

With a speed of up to 150 Mbps in download and 50 Mbps in upload, the Iconia Talk S with 4G LTE connectivity ensures users will get the fastest browsing and streaming experience available on the market. This is guaranteed thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ quad-core processor built-into this tablet. This processor, especially designed for 4G LTE devices, delivers fast data, quick network response times and smooth connection to multiple networks. Additionally, it ensures battery efficiency and secures up to 300 hours of standby time. 3G connectivity is also available on the Iconia Talk S, securing seamless voice calls that allow the tablet’s owner to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones at all times.

Fantastic Visuals

Fast communication is not the only asset of the Iconia Talk S: securing breathtaking visuals was also one of Acer’s main focus points when developing this product. With its beautiful 7-inch HD IPS panel, built-in Zero Air Gap technology and Anti Fingerprint coating, the Iconia Talk S promises a fantastic viewing experience, both when used indoors and outside. Furthermore, the design of the device itself is optimized for an immersive viewing experience: thanks to the very narrow display bezel (5.9mm on each side), the screen-to-body ratio is significantly higher than that of other 7-inch tablets on the market ,making it easier for the eye to focus on visuals without being distracted by the frame.

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Sonim Technologies today announced that AT&T will be the first carrier in the United States to offer its ultra-rugged model XP6 LTE Android smartphone starting today. Sonim is an industry leader in manufacturing tough mobile phones that can be used in some of the most difficult work environments.

The Sonim XP6 is available for $0 down at $17.50 per month on AT&T Next 24 agreement; $0 down at $21.88 on AT&T Next 18 agreement; $0 down at $26.25 on AT&T Next 12 agreement; $149.99 with a standard two-year contract; or $524.99 with no commitment. It is available to business and government customers for $99.99 with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) and a two-year contract.2

The Sonim XP6 is designed to increase productivity by combining the advanced applications and services available on smartphones with the ease of a feature phone and the ability to withstand harsh work environments. Designed to work with AT&T EPTT service, this ultra-rugged smartphone offers seamless two-way communication on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s most reliable network, covering more than 300 million Americans,3 or over Wi-Fi. With a powerful 4800mAh battery, the Sonim XP6 also offers industry-leading usage and standby time.

The device is certified MIL-STD 810G and rated IP68 for water immersion and IP69 for water spray.4 For those really tough job sites, Sonim has created 12 Rugged Performance Standards, which surpass basic MIL-Spec and IP certifications. The device can withstand drops from higher distances, impact from concrete floors; it can survive a bath in the mud, a dousing of antifreeze, and the crushing force from a ton of metric pressure and more.

The touch screen display was made to be clearly viewed outdoors in direct sunlight and survive an impact force of two joules. Combined with a numeric keypad, advanced audio capabilities, including an extra loud 103db speaker and noise cancellation, the Sonim XP6 is the smart choice for workers using two-way radio devices, where high-quality, timely communications is imperative. XP6 also has a robust suite of accessories, such as remote speaker microphones, car kits and headphones, and a unique magnetic charging cable, designed for gloved users to easily insert and remove the cable from the device.

“When people talk about working smarter not harder, they think of the person working behind a desk, not the ones delivering a load of concrete or loading cargo on a flight,” said Tom Burton, general manager at Sonim. “Together with AT&T, we will change that paradigm so that employees in the field don’t have to sacrifice the productivity enhancing services and feature benefits of smartphones due to their geographic location or work function.”

“Speed and availability are essential for communication in industries such as manufacturing, transportation, construction and utilities,” said Igor Glubochansky, executive director, AT&T Mobility and Business Solutions. “When used on a rugged Somin smartphone, AT&T EPTT can enable workers to communicate in challenging environments.”

The Sonim XP6 is backed by the industry’s only 3-Year comprehensive warranty. It is a premier choice for companies who value the speed and simplicity of a two-way radio but need workers to communicate beyond that platform to other mobile phone users and to interact with reporting and geo-tracking applications in one device.

With safety becoming more of an issue throughout the country, the need for national government agencies, local authorities and first responders to receive high-quality, consistent and timely communication services is imperative – often the difference between life and death. The XP6 offers mobile connections over LTE and Wi-Fi networks. This will further strengthen the communications required among agencies in the face of disasters and other emergency situations.

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LG Electronics this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.

This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.

“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”

Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.

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Looking to further expand its reach across all smartphone segments, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce its new L Fino and L Bello smartphones to Brazilian consumers this week, to be followed by other countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the coming weeks.

The L Fino and L Bello improve upon the L SeriesIII by offering a smartly-priced yet powerful alternative to higher-priced smartphones as well as a more premium look and feel that is sure to attract teenagers and first-time smartphone owners in 3G markets. As part of LG’s effort to consistently deliver the best user experience (UX) across a broad range of consumer segments, both devices come equipped with blazing fast Quad-Core processors complete with premium UX features carried over from the popular G3.

L Fino and L Bello — Spanish for Fine and Beautiful — represent LG’s commitment to strengthening its portfolio of mobile devices, with a strong emphasis on creating a more premium user experience at the entry and mid-tier segments. The L Fino features a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with a 4.5-inch display and the L Bello sports a 1.3Ghz Quad-Core processor and a larger 5.0-inch screen. With batteries generating 1,900mAh in the L Fino and 2,540mAh in the L Bello, users can expect long-lasting multimedia enjoying from both devices.

The pair continues LG’s signature Rear Key button design and feature class-leading 8MP cameras, providing customers with UX features that make snapping pictures fun and easy. With consumer behavior research showing that the camera is one of the key deciding factors for first time and teenage smartphone customers, both LG L Series models were designed to give users quality, blur-free images with features such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Front Camera Light.

“LG is committed to bringing quality mobile devices to consumers of all segments because today’s savvy smartphone customers aren’t content with just the basics anymore,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We are confident that L Fino and L Bello will be strong options for customers seeking performance and feature-rich smartphones at competitive prices.”

Depending on the market, the L Fino will be released in a suite of colorful options such as White, Black, Gold, Red and Green while the L Bello will come in Black, White and Gold. Prices and other details will be announced locally at the time of launch.

LG L Fino Key Specifications:

  •  Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
  •  Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480 / 207ppi)
  •  Memory: 1GB RAM/ 4GB / MicroSD slot
  •  Camera: Rear 8MP/ Front VGA
  •  Battery: 1,900mAh
  •  Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  •  Size: 127.5x 67.9 x 11.9mm
  •  Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  •  Colors: White / Black / Gold / Red / Green (varies by market)
  •  Other: Knock Code™ / QuickCircle™ Case


LG L Bello Key Specifications:

  •  Chipset: 1.3GHz Quad-Core
  •  Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA IPS (854×480/ 196ppi)
  •  Memory: 1GB RAM/ 8GB / MicroSD slot
  •  Camera: Rear 8MPAF / Front 1MP
  •  Battery: 2,540mAh
  •  Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  •  Size: 138.2x 70.6x 10.7mm
  •  Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  •  Colors: White / Black / Gold
  •  Other: Knock Code™ / QuickCircle™ Case

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Looking to further expand its 4G LTE footprint in mobiles, LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG F60, a stylish new smartphone that offers superior Quad-Core speed to run all of today’s hottest apps and LG’s premium UX features in a package designed for a global audience upgrading to 4G LTE. The F60 will begin rolling out to customers in Europe, followed by Asia and the Americas starting this week.

The LG F60 takes connectivity to a whole new level with blazing-fast 4G LTE powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor running on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Housed in a slim and sleek compact body, the F60 features a crisp 4.5-inch IPS display and a 2,100mAh battery for the perfect balance of performance, weight and size for hours of entertainment and productivity.

The F60 comes fully loaded with LG’s proprietary UX features adopted heavily from the acclaimed LG G3:

■ Gesture Shot allows users to take easy selfies by simply opening and closing their hand in front of the lens to start a three-second countdown before the shutter is triggered.

■ Front Camera Light adds additional illumination to one’s face by displaying a bright white light around the preview screen in self-portrait mode.

■ Touch & Shoot lets users capture those special moments quickly and intuitively with a simple tap anywhere on the display to focus and shoot in one single step.

■ Knock CodeTM unlocks the F60 in one easy step with a personalized “knock” pattern for both convenience and security.

“LG continues to demonstrate its advanced 4G LTE knowledge by bringing to global consumers better and better mobile devices that take full advantage of today’s most advanced wireless infrastructure,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG F60 offers a premium user experience for young and old users alike who are looking for the fastest mobile experience possible at a reasonable price.”

The F60 will be available in both single and dual SIM versions, perfect for business users. Additional details including retail locations and price will be announced in local markets at the time of availability.


  •  Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Quad-Core
  •  Display: 4.5-inch WVGA (207ppi)
  •  Memory: 1GB RAM / 4GB, 8GB
  •  Camera: Rear 5MP / Front VGA, 1.3MP
  •  Battery: 2,100mAh
  •  Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  •  Size: 127.5x 67.9 x 10.6mm
  •  Network:  4G LTE
  •  Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 / Wi-Fi / A-GPS
  •  Colors: Black / White (varies by market)

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Aiming to bring a premium Stylus experience to emerging markets, LG Electronics (LG) today announced the global rollout of the LG G3 Stylus, a new pen-enabled smartphone that inherits the core DNA of the acclaimed LG G3. Unveiled at IFA in Berlin earlier this month, the LG G3 Stylus made an impression on attendees of Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade show with its large display, stylus pen and LG’s proprietary camera UX features all in a smartly-priced package. The G3 Stylus will debut this week in Brazil followed shortly by introductions in Latin America, Central Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

LG’s latest device in the G3 family of smartphones satisfies the needs of discerning customers in 3G markets who desire a spacious display and a stylus pen that gives them the freedom to be as creative and productive as they want to be. The G3 Stylus retains many of premium user experience (UX) features found in the G3 without costing a premium price.

The proprietary RubberdiumTM stylus pen that slides inside the G3 Stylus feels comfortable in any hand and complements the phone’s 5.5-inch large display. Jotting and sketching are easier and more precise when paired with LG’s QuickMemo+ which lets users take notes or draw directly on images or maps. And the stylus is compatible with a number of third-party handwriting and drawing apps.

The G3 Stylus boasts the same Floating Arc design with gradually tapered edges, thin bezels and metallic skin back cover that was first introduced on the LG G3. This smartphone is equipped with LG’s proven 13MP shooter that carries over the G3’s key camera features such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Front Camera Light. Additional UX features that have become standard offerings across LG’s newest smartphones include Dual Window, Smart Keyboard and Knock CodeTM.

“As a device that carries over the soul of the LG G3, we believe the G3 Stylus is perfect for consumers looking for a powerful and reasonably priced smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “By offering not just a stylus experience but also the same premium user experience and design heritage of the G3, we’re confident the G3 Stylus will set a new baseline for large smartphones in 3G markets.”

Optimized for various 3G markets’ wireless networks, the G3 Stylus will be offered in both single and dual SIM variants with NFC capability in three colors: Black, White and Gold. Prices and additional details will be announced locally at the time of launch.

LG G3 Stylus Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.3GHz Quad-Core
  • Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8GB / 1GB RAM / MicroSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: 3G
  • Colors: Black / White / Gold
  • Other: Stylus Pen

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ASUS today announced PadFone mini (PF451CL), a beautiful 4.5-inch smartphone that slots into the supplied PadFone mini Station to transform instantly into a powerful 7-inch tablet. With built-in 4G LTE radios the latest PadFone mini offers fast connectivity worldwide.

Powered by a multi-core 1.6GHz 2X2 Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, the new two-in-one PadFone mini comfortably fits the palm for an instantly expanded view on a bright, clear 1280 x 800-pixel display — even better than HD. Exclusive ASUS DynamicDisplay technology resizes apps automatically and instantly for the different display sizes. Super-strength Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 protects not only the smartphone’s display from scrapes and scratches but also the screen of PadFone mini Station.

PadFone mini includes an ASUS-exclusive 5-megapixel (5MP) PixelMaster camera to capture superb-quality everyday photos and a 2MP front-facing lens for fun snaps and selfies. As the latest addition to the PadFone mini line-up, PF451CL has 8GB internal storage and a built-in microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of additional storage.

PF451CL also benefits from ASUS ZenUI, the sublime new user interface that’s exclusive to ASUS smart devices, providing advanced functionality that’s both easy to use and beautiful to behold.

Everyday convenience with a view that expands instantly

PadFone mini (PF451CL) brings together the convenience of a 4.5-inch smartphone with the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet for a two-in-one device that can always be held and used comfortably with just one hand. PadFone mini saves the hassle of carrying two distinct devices and, with a combined weight of just 445g, PF451CL is much lighter than many other smartphone-and-tablet combinations.

Both the 4.5-inch (854 x 480-pixel) and 7-inch (1280 x 800-pixel) displays use IPS (in-plane switching) technology, resulting in fantastically clear and sharp images that also offer great viewing angles. To ensure a seamless experience when switching between smartphone and tablet modes, PadFone mini’s exclusive DynamicDisplay technology ensures that apps are reformatted for the appropriate screen size. Users don’t need to mess around to get the view they want: PF451CL’s view is expanded instantly when the smartphone is docked with PadFone mini Station, and reformatted just as quickly when removed.

As well, PadFone mini Station uses the smartphone’s SIM card, so users are able to forget about syncing hassles and the expense of maintaining dual data plans — PadFone mini is the only smart device anyone needs to carry.

Beauty, speed and power that lasts all day — and even beyond

PadFone mini (PF451CL) is powered by a 1.6GHz 2X2 Intel Atom multi-core Z2560 processor to deliver all the performance needed to run both smartphone and tablet apps smoothly. PadFone mini (PF451CL) is also a joy to use, with ASUS ZenUI designed to ease busy modern lifestyles. ASUS ZenUI What’s Next, for example, puts upcoming appointments, new messages and missed calls right in front of the user, so nothing is ever missed; and ASUS ZenUI Do It Later helps users focus on their most important tasks.

The latest 4G LTE connectivity ensures that online experiences are as slick as all other aspects of PF451CL. When connected to a 4G LTE network, users enjoy download speeds of up to 100Mbit/s, enabling incredible responsiveness for every online activity.

When docked, PadFone mini Station charges the smartphone, virtually eliminating worries about finding a mains outlet during the day — or even beyond.

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ZTE presents three new innovative and stylish smartphones at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The optically identical and extra-thin smartphones Blade Vec 3G and Blade Vec 4G impress with their elegant and modern design as well as the 5 inch HD display which is perfect for gaming, taking photos and videos or just browsing the web. The ZTE Kis 3 Max smartphone is the latest device to come from the ZTE Kis series that offers power at a highly affordable price.

The ZTE Blade Vec 4G not only provides customers with extensive accessibility and fast access to their online data, the 13MP camera also allows them to take excellent pictures and share them with family and friends whilst on the run. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with quad-core CPU that speeds of up to 1.2 GHz per core and integrated LTE modem. The 2300mAh battery guarantees long-lasting reliability. The Snapdragon 400 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

The ZTE Blade Vec 3G also impresses with its technical interior. A 2300 mAh battery provide the smartphone with the energy needed to be constantly available for whatever its user wants to do. The 8MP camera offers a lot of joy for taking pictures while the 5MP front cam enables users to perform video chats or to take selfies in extra sharp quality.

With an intelligent design at just 9.1mm thick, the ZTE Kis 3 Max comes equipped with a FWVGA 4.5’’ screen and 5MP camera for capturing bright and vivid images. The handset also sports a 2MP front camera for self-portraits and offers a number of different camera capabilities from panoramic to continuous shot modes. It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and offers users the Android 4.4.2 Candy Bar operating system for a fast and smooth smartphone experience.

“The smartphones Blade Vec 3G, 4G and Kis 3 Max are the newest members of our popular Blade and Kis families. Our goal was to combine the latest technology in a trendy and appealing design,” says Qin Xiaojun, CEO at ZTE Mobile Devices Germany. “The Blade and Kis series are already known for their first-class quality at an attractive price point. We follow this tradition with these new and powerful smartphones.”

ZTE Blade Vec 4G specifications:

  • Operating System:    Android 4.4
  • Size:         143×70.4×7.8 mm
  • Display:        5 inch HD TFT (720x1280px)
  • Camera:          8 or 13 megapixel camera with AF / flash

1 or 2 megapixel front-camera

  • Network:         GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz

UMTS 900/2100 MHz

LTE 800/900/1800/2600 Cat 4

  • Battery:          2300 mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • Processor:        Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with quad-core CPU at speeds of up to 1.2GHz per core
  • Storage:           1GB RAM + 16GB ROM
  • Other:           GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, mobile hotspot, WiFi Direct

ZTE Blade Vec 3G specifications:

  • Operating System:    Android 4,4 KitKat
  • Size:           139.3 x 69.8 x 7.8 mm
  • Display:          5 inch HD TFT (720x1280px)
  • Camera:          8 megapixel camera with AF / flash

5 megapixel front-camera

  • Network:         GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz

UMTS: 900/2100 MHz

  • Battery:          2300 mAh lithium ion battery
  • Processor:        MTK6582 Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7
  • Storage:           1 GB RAM + 8GB ROM, MicroSD (up to 32GB)
  • Other:           GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Voice Recorder, FM Radio

ZTE Kis 3 Max specifications:

  • Operating system:    Android 4.4.2 Candy Bar
  • Size:         132x66x9.1 mm
  • Display:         TFT TN 4.5 inch FWVGA (480×854 Pixel)
  • Camera:         5 Megapixel camera with AF / flash

2 Megapixel front camera

  • Network:          GSM: 900/1800/1900

                UMTS 900/2100

  • Battery:              2300 mAh Lithium-Ionen Akku
  • Processor:           MTK 6572 dual core 1.3GHzDual-Core ARM Cortex A7
  • Storage:             512MB RAM+ 4GB ROM
  • Other:                GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Voice Recorder, FM Radio


Blade Vec 4G has already been launched in Turkey, France, Romania, Slovakia, Belgium, Norway and Sweden.