ZTE to Refresh Blade and Skate, Sell 'Phablet' By Year's End
ZTE is hoping to have a big 2012, according to comments the company made to reporters in Hong Kong. One way the company hopes to boost smartphone sales is to bring a "phablet" to market. "We want to come up with the next generation of a Galaxy Note-type product - a combo product of handsets and tablets," said Lv Qianhao, head of handset strategy at ZTE. The company believes it can deliver such a device to market by the end of the year, though it didn't specify in which countries such a device would be sold. Other than this phablet-style device, ZTE indicated it plans to improve its Blade and Skate Android smartphones this year, rather than bring brand new handsets to market. The company sold 15 million phones in 2011, and is targeting 50 million for 2012.
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