Sprint Lands the ZTE Vital with 13MP Camera
Sprint today announced the ZTE Vital, a large and inexpensive Android smartphone that features a 5-inch 720p HD display and 13-megapixel camera. The camera includes an LED flash and video capture, and the Vital offers a 1-megapixel user-facing camera, as well. The Vital is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM; it supports Sprint's LTE 4G network and Mobile Hotspot for up to eight devices; and includes NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0+LE, and a 2,500mAh battery. The Vital has 8GB of built-in storage and support for microSD cards up to 64GB. The Vital runs a near-stock version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and includes a number of Sprint apps and services, such as Sprint iD, Sprint Zone, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV. It meets the highest criteria for sustainability. The ZTE Vital will be available beginning June 14 through all Sprint's sales channels. It costs $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year agreement.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
US Cellular Lands the ZTE Grand S Pro
U.S. Cellular and ZTE today announced the Grand S Pro, a high-end Android smartphone that costs $99 with a two-year contract.
Sprint to Sell ZTE's Hotspot Projector
Sprint today announced it is bringing ZTE's smart projector to its network as the Sprint LivePro. ZTE announced the LivePro at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which combines a digital projector and LTE mobile hotspot into one device.
Boost Mobile to Sell Low-Cost ZTE Warp Sync
Boost Mobile today announced the ZTE Warp Sync, an inexpensive Android handset for Sprint's pre-paid network. The Warp Sync features a 5-inch display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm with 2GB of RAM.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Sell ZTE Concord II
ZTE today announced the Concord II, an Android smartphone that will be sold by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The Concord II is a low-cost device that follows the 2012-era original.