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ZTE Skate

Features

Left side

Top view

Camera

Keyboard

Google Maps

Announced at Mobile World Congress 2011, the ZTE Skate is a Android 2.3 smartphone that will ship in May 2011.
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ZTE says the design of the handset was inspired by a skateboard (we'd say that's stretching it a bit) and features a 4.3-inch touch screen. It's lightweight at just 4.2 ounces, but it also feels quite plasticky.
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On the left spine, you'll find a volume rocker.
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Meanwhile, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the smartphone.
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In all, the Skate is a more midlevel device. It has a 5-megapixel camera and is running an 800MHz processor, compared to some of the higher-end devices with their dual-core processors and 8-megapixel cameras.
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The Skate's onscreen keyboard was rather difficult to use even in landscape mode, since the buttons were so small and squished together.
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Google Maps in satellite view looked quite nice on the ZTE Skate's 4.3-inch display.
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