Chinese cell phones in Barcelona

Chinese cell phone manufacturer ZTE shows its handsets at the GSMA World Congress in Barcelona.

Chinese cell phone manufacturer ZTE has a sizable presence at the GSMA World Congress. Not only did it supply almost every show attendee with a canvas bag, but also its large booth in one of the main halls faced off with the likes of Samsung and Sony Ericsson. I toured the ZTE area to see the cell phones available in China and found a few that caught my eye.

ZTE i766 Kent German/CNET Networks

The ZTE i766 is a candy bar phone with a 2.4-inch, 262,00-color touchscreen. Primed for multimedia, it plays broadcast TV, has an MP3 player, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and an FM radio. It also offers e-mail, a Web browser, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, and USB capability. To me, the navigation array was a bit cramped and the TV quality was just average.

ZTE D800 Kent German/CNET Networks

The ZTE D800 is a keyboard-equipped smartphone that looks a bit like a cross a between a RIM BlackBerry device and a Samsung BlackJack. It offers dualmode GSM/CDMA functionality, a Linux OS, a touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, push e-mail, a Web browser, and an MP3 player.

ZTE F858 Kent German/CNET Networks

The ZTE F858 is a HSDPA flip phone, which somewhat resembles a Motorola Razr. Inside you'll find video streaming, Bluetooth, USB support, a 2-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, a Web browser, e-mail, and a microSD card slot.

ZTE F912 Kent German/CNET Networks

The last model I checked out was the ZTE F912. It's a flip phone with a rotating display like the Samsung FlipShot SCH-U900. It offers HSDPA, streamig video, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, USB support, an MP3 players, a Web browser, and e-mail.

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).


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