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Does this phablet look 'Iconic' to you?

LAS VEGAS -- Oh, the chutzpah of product naming. ZTE took it to the extreme in naming its new ZTE Iconic Phablet, launched at CES 2014.

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Midrange specs

ZTE wasn't lying about the "phablet" part. This handset measures 5.7 inches. As for being "iconic," however, its specs are decidedly midrange.

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Metal backing

I do like the phone's nonremovable aluminum backplate, which adds some understated shine.

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You'll get an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, with flash.

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ZTE's MiFavor UI slips comfortably over Android, with the app tray looking mostly like stock Android. The lock screen gets more of the ZTE treatment with a colorful animation to unlock to one of several apps.

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In profile

Look at its side; you can see the slim Iconic Phablet's mostly metal body, with matte ribs at the top and bottom.

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