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  • The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is the company’s flagship comeback kid

    The Axon 9 Pro is ZTE's latest flagship. Yes, that ZTE. The same company that was clinging to life just a few weeks ago following US sanctions. But now, with those sanctions lifted, the Chinese firm's first device since is saying all the right things. On the surface, it has all of 2018's common flagship traits: a large, 18:9 screen; a dual camera setup at the rear; and a notch. Beneath the 6.21 inch 2248x1080 AMOLED screen, there's a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You're also getting a 4000mAh battery, a water and dust resistance...

  • Donald Trump’s trying to save ZTE from complete meltdown

    While a seemingly forlorn ZTE was tweeting about Mother's Day on Sunday, an unlikely saviour of the strickened company emerged. US President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he was working to give ZTE "a way to get back into business, fast". President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018 "Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"...

  • US export ban kills ZTE’s international operations

    Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE may have to shutter its doors for good, this after sanctions placed on the firm by the US has made it extremely difficult to source parts from key US companies. On Wednesday, the firm confirmed that its international operations have been terminated, which means that its devices will no longer retail in the likes of South Africa. This may have a knock on effect for South African companies that rely on ZTE's technology, notably MTN. "Networks that use ZTE equipment include South Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda. Some smaller networks such South Sudan, Republic of Congo Brazzaville, and Republic...

  • ZTE designs and patents a phone with two notches

    The notch is seemingly here to stay. At least for now. With Android P bringing support for the somewhat silly design feature, more smartphone manufacturers will likely adopt it. But ZTE is taking it to the next level. Forget the top notch. That's child's play. The bottom notch is seemingly the latest echelon of design. A concept device was spotted created by the company, with an attached patent filed in China too. The phone in question features a top notch -- likely housing a camera, speaker and ambient light sensor -- but more importantly, a bottom notch with a home button. There's no genuine...

  • Exclusive: Dual-screen ZTE Axon M, Blade V9 in works for South Africa

    In a crowd of notched Android phones or iterative designs, MWC 2018 also had a few unique smartphones on offer. And probably the most unique device on display was the ZTE Axon M, packing a Kyocera Echo-style dual-screen form factor. The dual screens allow you to either treat each screen separately or as one tablet-style display, making for a unique selling point, if anything. Now, ZTE's South African representatives have confirmed to Gearburn that they're looking at bringing the device to South Africa, along with the mid-range Blade V9. The representative said they were bringing "awesome products like Axon M Dual Screen...

  • Mystery ZTE mid-range phone leaks, packing standard features for 2018

    ZTE is an experienced hand when it comes to the smartphone sector, being a manufacturer of white-labelled devices, mid-range phones and high-end handsets. Now, its latest phone has leaked via the TENAA regulatory body, looking like your typical 2018 mid-range phone. The ZTE V890 (as it's called on the website) packs a non-descript 1.8Ghz octacore processor, fingerprint scanner, 3900mAh battery, 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable storage. But it also follows the tall screen trend, offering a 6-inch 2160x1080 display -- we can't see a notch here either. In the camera department, you've got a 16MP+2MP dual camera setup on the...

  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • ZTE Axon M looks like a Nintendo DS emulation delight

    Believe it or not, but dual-screen smartphones with DS-like designs are nothing new -- just ask Kyocera and the Echo. Now, we've got another similar handset in the form of the ZTE Axon M. When folded up, the phone's two 5.2-inch full HD screens are on the front and back. But fold it out and you've got a very Nintendo-style layout, the displays sitting side-by-side. The arrangement means you can run two apps at once, with each app having its own dedicated screen. Alternatively, there's an "extended mode" which turns the two screens into one, 6.75-inch display. Another neat trick is the ability to...

  • Lamborghini Alpha One phone is an overpriced ZTE Axon 7

    Remember when Acer teamed up with Ferrari to reveal a variety of overpriced gadgets, such as a laptop? Now, Lamborghini has gone for a "hold my beer" moment and launched the Lamborghini Alpha One smartphone. The phone, priced at US$2450, is apparently made out of Italian leather and "liquid metal", resembling a square LG G4 in some ways (well, only because of the leather back). However, take a look at the spec sheet and it's clear that the device might be based on the ZTE Axon 7, featuring the same Snapdragon 820 processor (no 2017 silicon here), 3250mAh battery, 4GB of RAM...

  • Could ZTE’s Nubia range make it to SA?

    You might not be familiar with the ZTE brand on smartphones, but the company's been making phones for the likes of Vodacom for a while now. It's also got its own brand of capable handsets, with the Axon 7 Mini available in South Africa via MTN. Much like Huawei and its Honor brand, ZTE has its own sub-brand, dubbed Nubia. More recently, the company has launched the Nubia Z17, packing a variety of impressive tech into its waterproof body. There's a Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 8GB of RAM and a 12MP+23MP dual camera pairing. Not too shabby then. But could we see...