For years, Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE have supplied communications equipment to various countries around the world, but in the past few years, the attitude towards those companies have started to shift, most notably in the US where there has been a growing distrust towards these companies.
Back in 2019 when the first 5G smartphones started to roll out, it felt like the majority of 5G smartphones were pretty much limited to flagship handsets. This year, thanks to Qualcomm who started to push out mid-range Snapdragon chipsets with 5G, we’re starting to see more mid-range smartphones with support for 5G.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro ReviewEditor's Pick
The Axon 10 Pro was unveiled on 2019-02-01 and was initially geared towards the high-end market. At the publishing time of this review, the Axon 10 Pro was priced at $545 USD, and that makes it a “Premium” phone that doesn’t compete directly with “High-end” ones priced much higher.
Smartphone manufacturers are trying all sorts of things in a race to build “full-screen” smartphones. This has involved notches, punch holes, pop-up mechanisms, and now sliders. Renders of an unannounced ZTE handset have surfaced online and it’s claimed that this device, the Axon S, will have a slider that moves horizontally to reveal the camera system.
It was rumored a few weeks ago that ZTE could be coming out with a 5G smartphone of its own at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. That’s precisely what the company has done today. It has unveiled the Axon 10 Pro 5G, the company’s very first 5G smartphone, unveiled at a convention where many of its competitors have also come out with their 5G phones.
Quite a few companies will be unveiling new 5G smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona next week. You can now add China-based ZTE to the list. Most recently in the news for its troubles with the U.S. government, the company has confirmed that it will be launching an Axon-branded 5G smartphone at MWC 2019.
The U.S. has largely led the push against network equipment from Chinese companies like Huawei. Some of its allies have followed its lead on the matter and it appears that the administration is willing to kick things up a notch. A new report claims that the White House is mulling an executive order to officially ban American carriers from sourcing 5G equipment from companies like Huawei.
Huawei and ZTE, at least before they started to become known for their smartphones, would supply many a communications device to companies around the world. For example there mobile hotspot dongles sold by carriers around the world would be made by Huawei, so safe to say that in addition to smartphones, such as behind-the-scenes communications tools are a core of their businesses.
ZTE Blade Max View Review: Hands-onEditor's Pick
ZTE is coming back to life in the U.S. at full speed, after paying a $1 billion fee to the US government. The ZTE Axon 9 Pro, their first phone launched after the ban lift last August, is a very good flagship handset and we awarded it an Ubergizmo’s , you can check the review here.The Blade series is ZTE’s mid-range lineup (as defined by ZTE), and last Wednesday (10/31/2018), […]
ZTE Axon 9 Pro Review: Hands-OnEditor's Pick
A ZTE powerful handset priced to compete against the best smartphones everyone else has to offer. See how it ranks!
Ubergizmo's Best of IFA 2018Editor's Pick
The past few days were intense at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany. There were tons of interesting products to look at (and try!), and after checking out everything we could, here are what we think where the most impressive products at IFA, sorted in no particular order.This year, Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Tab S4 ahead of the show, so follow the links to that […]
#IFA 18 – With carriers quickly launching 5G networks, it means that smartphone makers need to step up their game and start producing handsets that will support the new mobile connectivity standard. Earlier this year ZTE announced that they will launch 5G smartphones by 2019, but unfortunately it looks like the company’s plans might have been delayed.
ZTE’s legal troubles in the United States have been well documented and now that the company has finally cleared them, it’s making a statement at IFA 2018 in Berlin. The company has launched the Axon 9 Pro at the event, its new flagship smartphone complete with a notched display.
While Huawei and ZTE have been around for a while, it seems that in recent times both companies have come under fire from the US government for allegedly spying for the Chinese government, so much so that US President Donald Trump has actually banned the use of devices from both companies by government officials and government contractors.
It was reported recently that ZTE may soon announce its first new smartphone after its lengthy legal troubles in the United States that led to the company ceasing core operations for several weeks. ZTE ended all speculation today by confirming that this new device is the Axon 9 Pro. It has shared an official image of the device even though it’s yet to be properly announced.
IFA 2018: What To ExpectEditor's Pick
IFA 2018 #IFA18 will be upon us in a couple of weeks. The event will be kicking off from the 31st of August to the 5th of September in Berlin, Germany and it should be host to a ton of new product announcements from companies, ranging from mobile devices to smart home appliances, and more.We would like to thank our IFA 2018 main sponsor, Lenovo. They will surely have interesting […]
ZTE has had a tough few months. It was banned by the United States after failing to meet the conditions of an earlier settlement in a sanctions violation case. The company had ceased core operations not long after the ban was slapped. The way was ultimately cleared for ZTE to return to business after it agreed to a fine and management shuffle. Its first new smartphone after this entire ordeal […]
It’s no secret that lawmakers and agencies in the United States view Huawei and ZTE products as security threats to the United States. There have been repeated calls to ensure that their products aren’t used by government officials. President Trump has now signed a law banning the U.S. government and government contractors from using devices made by these two Chinese manufacturers.
In recent times there seems to be a lot of scrutiny on Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, where US lawmakers have warned companies not to use their products. In fact earlier this year Huawei’s plans to make a big entrance into the US was dashed when major US carriers reportedly pulled out of the deal with them.
An export ban was imposed on China-based ZTE several weeks ago by the Department of Commerce in response to the violation of an earlier settlement in a sanctions violation matter. U.S. companies were no longer allowed to sell products to ZTE which meant that the company was no longer able to source processors from Qualcomm for its smartphones. ZTE ceased its business operations soon after and worked hard to settling […]