There is no doubt but ZTE is on the up. Not only did it strike the perfect balance between price and performance with its San Francisco model last year, it also jumped into fourth spot of mobile phone vendors globally.
Now however, it is hoping to build on that success with its latest Android model, the 4.3in Gingerbread-running ZTE Skate. Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Skate will be ZTE’s flagship model but despite the company’s plans to break into North America, reports are suggesting this model won’t be heading in that direction. The Skate is the first device that comes under ZTE’s “Light Your Smart World" strategy which will see a range tablets, internet boxes and smartphones launched this year.
The ZTE Skate was apparently inspired by the skateboard and despite it’s 4.3in screen weighs only 120g – compared to 164g that the similarly sized HTC Desire HD weighed in at. The Skate is powered by an unnamed 800MHz processor and the Adreno 200 GPU, which are not the most awe-inspiring of specs considering we live in the world of dual-core 1GHz superphones. The Skate has a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi.
The Skate will be available in certain markets around the globe in May of 2011 however no word on pricing has been revealed yet. We will obviously be hoping that the Skate will follow the San Francisco down the budget line as the specs don’t exactly scream premium to us but we will have to wait and see.