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Hands-On: ZTE's LTE Phones

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Feb 27, 2012, 2:42 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE may have announced eight new smartphones, but only two are headed to the U.S., the PF200 and the N91. Here are our initial hands-on thoughts.

ZTE's handsets are not the sexiest we've seen in Barcelona this week. We spent a few moments with the ZTE PF200 and weren't all that impressed.

This Android 4.0 phone phone is extremely light. The unit we used was not working, so it's possible it was a dummy — with no innards at all. The plastics were cheap and the device was not well assembled. The seams were all over the place and many of the components didn't work as they should.

For example, the power button was miserable. It had travel and feedback at all. It barely budged. The volume toggle wasn't much better. It was difficult to tell if you had pressed the button or not.


The display measures 4.3 inches across and offers qHD resolution, but we weren't able to power the phone on to see what it looks like.

On paper, it sports a 1.5GHz SnapDragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and includes support for AT&T's LTE bands. AT&T hasn't formally announced that this device will be sold for its network, but given its quad-band GSM/EDGE/HSPA support, there's few other places it would land.

Overall, it feels like what it is, a cheap Android phone.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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