ZTE Corporation (Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation) has become pretty much of a household name recently. ZTE is a Chinese company which is also fifth largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world (in terms of revenue) and fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer (in terms of units) on our planet. Some of the notable Android phones from ZTE include ZTE Blade. ZTE was in news recently for ZTE Athena, a phone that when launched will set a record for being thinnest smartphone in world. Current record holder is Oppo Finder, but ZTE Athena will supposedly beat Oppo Finder by 0.3mm, which itself has a thickness of mere 6.2mm. Besides being the thinnest, Athena will also have much powerful internal hardware and is rumored to have Cortex A15 processor on board.
Athena will make into the market soon, but at the same time, ZTE has some nice phones to offer. Images of ZTE Flash, a new high end Android smartphone for Sprint, have leaked into the internets. The phone will be great addition to Sprint’s existing LTE smartphone line up.
The phone boasts pretty healthy specifications. Below is the list that you should be expecting from this device.
• Android 4.0
• 4.5″ HD IPS display (1280×720) with Gorilla Glass front
• 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU (MSM8960)
• 12.6MP main camera with LED flash and autofocus, 1.3 MP front
• NFC support for Android Beam and mobile payment support
• 8GB storage + microSDXC card support
• 1GB RAM
• Bluetooth 4.0
• .38 inches (9.6mm) thick
• Custom ZTE overlay
ZTE Flash will be the first high end Android phone from ZTE to make into Sprint’s device offering. ZTE is famous for low end and mid range phones. The company is aiming October 14th as device’s launch date, which could also mean that carrier ideas to push the phone frequently during holiday sales at the end of the year.
What remains to be seen is if the manufacturer will roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update soon after the launch, as ZTE Flash will be ZTE’s first high end phone on a US carrier, and also ZTE has re-launched many of its smartphone devices in China with Jelly Bean running out of the box in order to capture market shares.
Nevertheless, the specs look great, but there is no correct information on the price tag it will be carrying. We will keep our eyes wide open for any updated information on Flash, so watch this space. Will this device find a slot on your wishlist? Let us know your thoughts using comment form below.