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ZTE taking the high road with new Android devices


Tuesday 15th of February 2011 / androinica.com
One of the more interesting announcements at this year’s MWC has come from ZTE, a Chinese telcom which has held a solid portion of the Chinese market by offering a number of low-end Android phones. Last year, ZTE shipped 2 million Android phones, and this year is looking to increase that number to 10 million, but also aim a little higher with these. ZTE has announced a number of devices ranging from 1 GHz smartphones to 1.2 GHz dual-core devices. The standouts from ZTE’s announcement were the ZTE Skate, the Light 2, the Light 10, and a mysterious “Internet box”.The Skate is, just as you might guess, a smartphone with a design inspired by a skateboard. The Skate will feature a 4.3-inch display, 800MHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and Android 2.3.Next up is the ZTE Light 2, which, as you can tell from the picture, is running Android 2.2. The good news is that it’s a 7″ Pixel Qi transflective screen, meaning it can switch between LCD mode and eInk mode. It also features a 1 GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage.The Ligh
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Featured: ZTE Leave Backdoor to the Score Open; Doesn’t Realise This Neighborhood Ain’t Safe


Saturday 19th of May 2012 / androidheadlines.com
For a lot of us getting the full potential out of our phones means rooting them, experimenting with custom Kernels and in most cases custom builds of firmware in the form of ROMs – you can count me in that group as well and it irks me when manufacturers either make it difficult or near impossible to root or gain an unlocked bootloader – Motorola, you listening? Whilst I love to tinker as it’s just in my nature, I certainly don’t want manufacturers to leave the door as it were, unlocked for the average user.Enter the ZTE Score – known as the ZTE Skate Internationally – the community far and wide noticed that this particular handset had left a fairly obvious and potentially dangerous backdoor to any that has the hard-wired password to the device access to the root partition enabling copying and writing of any data you please. This is the kind of backdoor stuff that is left in for development and improving the device during the testing stages. It’s also been reported by researchers that the international variant known as the Score – under
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ZTE To Introduce Direct Sales Model in the UK – Looks To Increase Brand Recognition


Monday 18th of July 2011 / phandroid.com
I know what some of you are thinking, “Who is ZTE?” Well, it’s brand recognition that the company is looking to change and one of the reasons why the company recently signed a deal with Brightpoint to sell directly to customers starting with the UK.ZTE, is commonly overseas for providing mid-end, budget priced Android handsets to customers on Orange’s network like the Orange San Francisco and the upcoming Orange Monte Carlo. ZTE will be offering these devices direct under their original names as the Blade and Skate. This means you can get your hands on a fairly equipped Android device, SIM free.Following the success of HTC, ZTE is wants to increase brand awareness and to make ZTE a household name in the mobile market. Only problem is networks are fast moving onto dual-core equipped devices and with the single-core ZTE Skate due out by the end of the year, ZTE might be a little late to this Android party.[Via PocketLint]
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ZTE Skate Hands-On – An OK First Attempt at a High-End Smartphone [MWC] [VIDEO]


Monday 14th of February 2011 / phandroid.com
ZTE looked to make a splash at Mobile World Congress as they vowed to wow everyone with a high-end line-up of tablets and smartphones. The ZTE Skate was one of them and it looked really nice on paper. Unfortunately, smartphone users don’t really care much for paper.It’s a 4.3 inch handset, but ZTE decided to come up short in the processor area as it houses an 800MHz Qualcomm-made chipset. I’m not too confident it was the Scorpion as it only houses an Adreno 200 GPU. It certainly doesn’t feel like a Scorpion, anyway.Things were quite jittery when moving about the OS. It runs Android 2.3, and although it’s believed that Gingerbread is supposed to be even more efficient, the ZTE just doesn’t have enough juice to keep up. I’m not sure why they didn’t opt to include a more powerful processor, but it’s a missed opportunity at the company’s most crucial stage of evolution.The device also has a 5 megapixel camera, but that’s it as far as any surprises go. This one should be available sometime next month. Take a look at our qui
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ZTE Looking to Break Into High-end in 2011 With Smartphone, Tablet, & STB Selection [MWC]


Monday 14th of February 2011 / phandroid.com
I attended ZTE’s press conference – it wasn’t the most popular at this event, of course. But they’ve done exceptionally well with their smartphone push in 2010 and are looking to up the stakes in 2011. They will do this with a selection of new smartphones and tablets geared toward the high-end.Most of the devices they showcased today were running no less than 1GHz processors, with some being 1.2GHz and having dual-core architectures. They had a 7-inch tablet called the Light, and a Light 2 which’ll be a 1.2HGz version with WiMax and LTE radios, and also has a front-facing camera to accompany one on the back. (We’re not sure if both sets come in the same package.)Then there’s the Light10, which is a 10 inch version of the same tablet with an HD screen resolution, Android 3.0, and a 1.2GHz processor. Nothing was said about the architecture type in any of these tablets.The one smartphone that intrigued me was the ZTE Skate, a 4.3 inch Android with an 800MHz processor. I was surprised that this wasn’t one of the 1GHz or 1.2GHz phones they w
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ZTE bringing 4.3 Inch goodness to the masses - Android Authority


Saturday 26th of March 2011 / androidauthority.com
ZTE, as the fourth largest phone manufacturer in the world, means business. At Mobile World Congress in February, ZTE demonstrated that they were strongly committed to expanding their presence in the west.One phone in particular stood out – the 4.3 inch, beautifully designed ZTE Skate. Undoubtedly, while this phone is not being positioned as a premium superphone, it still comes with a feature-set that is likely to impress.But, as we all know, time moves a lot faster in the world of mobile technology. ZTE is debuting yet another device, dubbed the ZTE Style S.ZTE Style S Specs: The news we have for you today is that ZTE will be launching a high-end Android-powered smartphone in the US sometime during the second half of this year. This device does look similar in many respects to the Skate, but is different in terms of processing power.Android 2.3 GingerbreadQualcomm MSM 7227 chipset4.3 inch 480 x 800 touch screen display, which has excellent viewing angles and color5MP rear camera and a front-facing VGA cameraWIFI, BluetoothGSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900MHz and HSDPA/UMTS at 900
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ZTE Skate Revealed At MWC, Rocks Android 2.3 and Sports A 4.3-inch Screen


Tuesday 15th of February 2011 / talkandroid.com
//ZTE has made an appearance at MWC and they have chosen to leave the “budget friendly” devices at home to rest with mama.  They’ve recently stepped up their game with the unveiling of the ZTE Skate, their latest 4.3-inch contender.  This kind of reminds me of a Hyundai and Kia come back.  The Skate, as stated, rocks a large 4.3-inch touchscreen and will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  It’s also been reported that the device will come with an unnamed 800 MHz CPU and the Adreno 200 GPU.  Other specs include a 5 MP camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, A-GPS and your standard WiFi protocols.  As of now, the frequencies the device will support show no indication of a US release.  Hit the break to check out the full press release and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  Press Release:ZTE Unveils Skate Smartphone at GSMA Mobile World Congress Featuring a large 4.3-inch screen and Android 2.3 operating system14 February 2011, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock c
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ZTE Looks To Increase Brand Recognition With Direct Sales In The UK


Tuesday 19th of July 2011 / talkandroid.com
ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecom equipment manufacturers is looking to engage in a little brand recognition.  To do this, they’ve recently signed a deal with Brightpoint, a wireless device distributor to sell directly to customers in the UK.ZTE hopes to sell the aforementioned Blade and Skate to users on the Orange network along with devices like the San Francisco.  As the company looks to score a piece of the mobile market pie, one has to wonder how well they’ll do with mid-level devices sporting last year’s specs?  The Skate will come with a single-core CPU on board in the midst of dual-core chips becoming the norm.  But, we’re sure there is still a market for devices like these.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.[via zte]» See more articles by Axl Logan//
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Engineers left root backdoor in ZTE Score M and ZTE Skate


Monday 14th of May 2012 / androidauthority.com
A few months ago, the American mobile phone service provider MetroPCS launched, together with ZTE – the Chinese handset manufacturer – an affordable, entry level Android phone called the ZTE Score M. This Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) comes with a variety of features like a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, a 600MHz CPU, a 3.2-megapixel camera,  Wi-Fi, 4GB of internal memory, a microSD slot. Oh yeah, and a root backdoor!Thanks to an anonymous post to Pastebin, details have now emerged that the device has a setuid-root binary (a program that runs with root privileges) in /system/bin/sync_agent that serves no function other than to provide a root shell backdoor. If you know the hard-coded password (ztex1609523) then you get unlimited root access to the phone.It has also been confirmed that the ZTE Skate, which is sold by Orange in the U.K., has the same backdoor. Security researchers are scrambling to see if other ZTE devices suffer from the same security vulnerability.But… Don't Panic! The ZTE Score M and the ZTE Skate aren't the best selling phones on the market a
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ZTE backdoor?


Sunday 13th of May 2012 / androidforums.com
Apparently the ZTE skate and the score m, both have root shell backdoor access that can be exploited by malware and other malicious apps. I just wanted to ask if this is also on the warp?Here's a link to the pastebinAnd the reddit threadApparently its easy to fix, but I just want to make sure this isn't on my phone.
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