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Projector Hotspot from ZTE

Compact in size

Familiar Android UI

Beaming 120-inch images

LTE data speeds for eight

HDMI support too

LAS VEGAS -- Though pricing and exact dates remain unknown for the Projector Hotspot, ZTE confirmed that its projector/hotspot hybrid will launch in the US by the end of 2014.

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Physically, the square-shaped device measures a little less than 5x5 inches and weighs 0.88 pound.

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On top is a 4-inch colored touch screen, which has a 800x480-pixel resolution. Below that are hot keys that control the Hotspot Projector. These flush buttons include the familiar Back, Home, and Settings keys that are common on Android handsets.

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The hotspot projector can beam 120-inch images and videos on nearby surfaces, and has 1080p input support.

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The hotspot's OS is based on Android 4.2, and up to eight users can connect to its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network with 4G LTE data speeds. A 5,000mAh battery inside keeps the unit chugging along, and it also has a headset jack for audio output.

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Because the unit can also charge other smartphones and tablets, there is a USB port on the back of the device. There's also a headset jack for audio output and an HDMI port, so you can connect your gaming consoles and project your games as well.

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