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ZTE unleashes Grand S II, Nubia 5S, phablet, smartwatch and projector-hotspot on the world

ZTE has announced a brace of new gadgets ahead of CES 2014 including its latest flagship phone, the Grand S II. 

The Grand S II will feature intelligent voice controls, allowing you to lock the phone and take pictures simply by speaking to it. On paper it sounds like the voice-assisted features of Samsung’s Galaxy Core Advance, perhaps with a less overt accessibility angle. 

As well as rocking with these Siri-esque functions, we’re expecting superb call quality from the Grand S II, which features three microphones, apparently making for superior noise reduction. 

Alongside this comes the Nubia 5S. Featuring a 5-inch Full HD 1080p panel, the Nubia 5S promises 4K Ultra HD video through its 13-megapixel sensor.

ZTE unleashes Grand S II, Nubia 5S, phablet, smartwatch and projector hotspot on the world
Grand-iose: ZTE’s Grand S II boasts advanced voice commands

Coming with a Sony Exmore RS CMOS sensor and an f2.0 lens, we can expect decent low-light performance from the Nubia 5S too. 

The Nubia 5S mini is comes with a smaller 4.7-inch screen, but ZTE isn’t revealing much else at this stage. All we know is that the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is present in both the phones. 

ZTE CES 2014: Phones, a phablet and the kitchen sink

ZTE will be showcasing a phablet, a smartwatch and a 4G MiFi hotspot/portable projector hybrid at CES this year. 

The as of yet unnamed ‘Iconic Phablet’ as ZTE’s calling it, will feature a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD screen (no word on resolution yet), Dolby Digital Sound and a wireless charging dock. 

We heard that ZTE was working on a smartwatch and it looks like we heard right. The ZTE BlueWatch will also show its face at CES. Aimed squarely at the modern fitness fanatics, the BlueWatch comes with a pedometer, a body fat calculator and collects data on you round the clock, allowing for detailed future analysis of your fitness levels. It’ll also connect to your phone via Bluetooth, keeping you notified of calls, messages and social media updates. 

ZTE is also showing off the Projector Hotspot, a 4G MiFi device that lets up to eight devices connect simultaneously (see our guide to tethering for more details). 

As well as sharing a connection, you’ll be able to project media onto any available flat surface. There’s no word on specs like resolution, battery life or storage space at the moment. 

ZTE CES 2014: ZTE Sonata 4G

ZTE will be taking the wraps off of a mid-range 4G phone the ZTE Sonata 4G, is being launched in tandem with AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless. As this looks to be a US-only product for the foreseeable it’s of less immediate interest to us tea-swilling, limey redcoats on this side of the pond. 

For those who like to torture themselves by poring over specs of phones that you won’t likely see in British stores, the available specs are: 4-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, 720p HD video recording capture, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.4 GHz Dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and a 1780mAh battery. 


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