Over the course of 2016, ZTE opened up Project CSX, an opportunity for the company to flip the way smartphones are made, giving the consumer control over the device’s unique features. After a few months of submissions, the community decided that a smartphone with eye-tracking capabilities and a self-adhesive back would be one of ZTE’s next phones, and at CES 2017, the company made that a reality in the form of the “Hawkeye.”
At CES, ZTE didn’t share too much info regarding the device aside from giving us a look at the vastly different design which we were able to see in the flesh. Along with that, the company also announced that it would be opening pre-orders of the Hawkeye via Kickstarter with a starting price of just $199. Now, ZTE has finally revealed exactly what kind of specifications that $199 will buy. The full specs follow:
- 5.5-inch FHD 1920×1080 display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB Storage w/ microSD up to 256GB
- Dual-Camera: 12MP + 13MP rear cameras w/ optical zoom
- 8MP Front Camera
- Android Nougat
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 w/ USB-C
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Hi-Fi Audio
- Rear Fingerprint Sensor
As far as $199 smartphones go, this isn’t actually a bad package, especially considering the eye-tracking and self-adhesive capabilities. Granted, $199 won’t be the final retail price, but for those willing to back the device on Kickstarter, this looks like an excellent value. As previously announced, the ZTE Hawkeye should begin shipping during the second half of 2017, likely around September.
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