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ZTE to Unveil U950, Cheapest Quad-Core Phone Yet

It seems these days that some of the most newsworthy gadgets come out of China, a place we had for so long abhorred for cheap counterfeit electronic gadgets. Most people may not realize that some great companies – including Huawei, Lenovo, Aigo, Haier, Xiaomi and others are chinese companies.  ZTE, one of the companies reputed for developing some high quality yet affordable mobile communications gadgets is on the news today for its plans to unveil the cheapest quad-core Android smartphone the U950 in China.

I am sure you have never read a description of a phone with both ‘quad-core processor’ and ‘budget friendly’, until now.  The U950 is a high performance phone with a 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and will be available in China for a price of 999 Yen (approximately $160 US).  ZTE has not made public any plans they may have to sell the smartphone outside China but we all hope that it comes to the European and American market to give some competition to the much hyped ‘high performance’ expensive smartphones.

The U950 is scheduled for release in China in about 2 weeks, on November 15th.  Despite the high performance processor, its 1GB RAM may seem a little on the lower end but for the price, it is still a steal.  The rest of the specifications though are mid-range and may not be so impressive for users expecting a high performance device.  These include a 4.3 inch display (resolution has not been made available yet, but it should be at least 960 x 540 pixels qHD), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (yea, we wish all Android smartphones from this point on came with Jelly Bean), 4GB onboard memory (what a disappointment), a 5 Megapixels rear camera and a 1.2 megapixels VGA front camera.

These specs are disappointing, but the battery is a consolation.  It is a 2,000 mAh battery which based on these specs, should provide so many hours for a single charge.  The phone’s design is quite good too with a thin bezel but other build details such as thickness and weight are not yet public.

Core Specs

Processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 12 GPU

Display: At least 960 x 540 pixels qHD

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich


Memory: 4 GB (with microSD card Slot)

Cameras: 1.2 Megapixels front and 5 Megapixels rear camera

Battery: 2,000 mAh

What do you think about this new development?  Although the specs are not that impressive, would you buy this under $200 quad-core smartphone if it came to the US market?  Share your thoughts with us.

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