ZTE is a leading Chinese telecommunications OEM whose smartphone sales reached a new peak in 2016, driving the brand to fifth place for the highest number of smartphone shipments in Europe. It’s the AXON and Blade series that’s doing so well in Europe, and in the US, the brand is also doing well with their smartphones and tablets.
Smartwatches, however, are another kettle of fish. The ZTE Smartwatch W01 is a low-spec device with a 1.22” 240 x 204 LCD display. It’ll track your heart rate and activity, and smartphone push notifications can be set up easily. The device is slower than the competition though, which doesn’t fall in line with ZTE’s premium smartphone line, which effectively offers top-spec devices for a competitive price. So, we’re pleased to find out that ZTE will be launching a new smartwatch soon and it looks quite interesting based on new leaked photos, which have been published by Android Police.
Here it is in all its glory:
Publish photos from: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/20/zte-quartz-smartwatch-is-real-and-weve-got-pictures-and-details/
Codenamed the ZW10, ZTE’s latest smartwatch will have a Quartz movement and it’ll run Android Wear 2.0 at launch. There’s no rotating crown, which some smartwatches have, but it does have a new touchscreen display that will surpass the 240 x 204 resolution of the W01. It’ll also have 3G, although rumours suggest it won’t have NFC or LTE, which is a shame, since pretty much all new smartwatches do.
There’s a button on the side though, which suggests that some of the features will be accessible without having to touch the display. That would be a welcome feature. One thing we aren’t sold on though is the design of the ZTE ZW10. The case looks absurdly thick, and the bezel looks incredibly plain (or boring, if you like). We’ll have to wait and see what the finished watch will look like though, since these pictures could just be of a prototype. We do hope it’ll look better than the images suggest though.