CommunicAsia 2011 Coverage
The Chinese telecoms equiment maker and mobile phone vendor, ZTE, is also participating in this year's CommunicAsia, where it has a variety of mobile phones and tablets up for display at its booth.
The first sight we were treated to at ZTE's booth was a poster that was proudly announcing a concept phone which is apparently called the Surface. As expected, ZTE's staff were rather tight-lipped about the concept device, but based on what we are able to see from the illustrations, it would seem that ZTE's Surface concept phone is designed to impress, if its curvy body is of any indication.
While it was essentially mobile phones galore over at ZTE's booth, it was this particular model, the ZTE Skate 4.3, which caught our attention.
According to ZTE, the Skate 4.3 is slated for a release by the end of 2011, and will initially ship with version 2.2 of the Android operating system. However, we were told that ZTE will provide an upgrade path for the Skate 4.3 that will see it being elligible for a firmware update to version 2.3, otherwise known as Gingerbread.
Also available on display at ZTE's booth are four tablet devices: the ZTE T72, which is preloaded with Gingerbread and sports a seven-inch capacitive touch screen;
…the ZTE Light Tab 2/V9A, which boasts the inclusion of a 1GHz processor and support for both WiFi and WiMax:
…the ZTE Light Tab 2/V9A, which is essentially identical to the aforementioned Light Tab 2/V9A, except that it drops WiMac support in favor of HSDPA compatibility:
…and lastly, an unnamed tablet which runs off Froyo and utilizes a custom user interface: