Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ZTE Reveals the Specs of their Crowdsourced Hawkeye Smartphone — SD625, 1080p, 3GB RAM

We’ve talked about ZTE’s Project CSX smartphone extensively. The company first announced the idea back in August of last year, and started asking the community what they wanted to see in a smartphone from ZTE. Naturally we wanted the company to release a device with stock Android, but things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, ZTE says the community chose the self adhesive phone with eye-tracking software and then asked the community what it should be called.

The company unveiled the ZTE Hawkeye at CES earlier this year, but they still hadn’t revealed any hardware spec details about the device. They had even launched a Kickstarter campaign to sell the phone to the community without announcing any of this information. That changed yesterday though, as ZTE has finally announced what hardware it plans to use inside the innovative ZTE Hawkeye. Which, if thing goes according to schedule, should start to ship in September of this year if they’re able to collect at least $500,000 on Kickstarter.

So yesterday, ZTE announced the Hawkeye would be using a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC and have a 5.5″ 1080p display. It is to be equipped with a 13MP and 12MP rear (dual) camera along with an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. Inside they’re telling us it will have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for expanding the storage space. All of this will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat and powered by a 3,000mAh capacity battery.

Other features to note here are the fingerprint sensor, Hi-Fi audio, NFC, USB Type-C, and Quick Charge 2.0 technology. ZTE is asking that you pledge at least $200 for this phone, so seeing mid-range specs like this is to be expected. ZTE is also asking that the community helps decide what colors and material finish they should use with the phone. They want you to go to their forum and vote on the two polls they created earlier today.

Source: Kickstarter

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