ZTE Skate, 4.3-inch Android Smartphone Unveiled [MWC2011] (Video!)

ZTE has unveiled their latest flagship mobile device, the ZTE Skate, at Mobile World Congress 2011 (MWC 2011) in Barcelona. From what we’ve seen and heard so far, ZTE’s latest attempt at a high end mobile device has been somewhat successful. The Skate comes packed with 4.3″ touchscreen and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has an 800Mhz processor and a 200Mhz GPU, but I’m skeptical as to whether that’s enough power to allow the Skate to be called a “high-end” device. What do you think of the ZTE Skate?

Video and pics after the jump!

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ZTE’s Apple Peel is Sprinting to the States Nov. 14th! (Updated)

It’s been revealed that Sprint will be releasing ZTE‘s version of Yosion’s Apple Peel 520 in the US on Sunday, November 14th. There’s no information on how much the actual device will cost, but it will be available with a 1GB date-plan, contract free, for $29.99 a month. That’s right…data plan. ZTE’s version of the Peel will bless any generation iPod Touch with 3G service, thereby turning it into a full fledged smartphone . In theory, you should be able to use the ZTE Peel 3200 on any network you please. Please do enjoy the fruits of Chinese labor.

Update: Sprint will be offering the ZTE Peel for $80. Also, the Peel can support one other device with Wi-Fi, so it’s perfect for those out there with a Netbook of Tablet.

Sources: BGR via Engadget

Sprint Drops Huawei and ZTE Over National Security Concerns

Sprint has decided to drop Huawei and ZTE out of the running for a contract possibly worth billions. The companies are two of China’s largest telecommunications device manufacturers which is seemingly part of the reason for this move by Sprint. Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, was contacted by The US Secretary of Commerce. He apparently made it clear to Mr. Hesse that there the Government was uneasy about having two companies tied to the Chinese Government and Military supplying technology for an important part of the US’s infrastructure. The US DoD (Department of Defense) wouldn’t comment on Huawei or ZTE specifically but they did make this statement about the issue:

DoD is very concerned about China’s emerging cyber capabilities and any potential vulnerability within or threat to DoD networks.

Sources: WSJ via Engadget