ZTE's Iconic Phablet rocks aluminum styleThe 5.7-inch supersize smartphone has mostly midrange features, offset by a higher-end metal backing. It'll eventually land in the US for phablet-lovers everywhere.
Hey, everyone. This is Jessica Dolcourt for CNET here at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. I've got the ZTE Iconic Phablet, and yes, that is actually its name. This has a 5.7-inch display, 720p resolution, that's a little bit lower than we've seen on some other phones at that size. The probably won't notice too much of a difference in crispness and sharpness unless you're holding two phones side by side, one 1080p HD and this one. Let's talk about the design and build for a little bit. This is a uni-body design that means you're not gonna be able to take the back cover to get to the battery. And yes, this is actually made of real aluminum so it is really nice-looking, little bit heftier but aluminum is complimented by some soft touch backing at the top and bottom probably to make very easier grip. This phone has one feature that I really like that you don't see on a lot of smartphones these days and that is a dedicated camera button on the side, very excited to see this here. Speaking of cameras, you've got an 8-megapixel shooter on the back with an LED flash. On the front you've got a one-megapixel camera. Of course, the 8-megapixel camera on the rear does capture 1080p HD video. The operating system is Android 4.1 Jellybeans so it is a little bit outdated. Being a more mid-range device you'll find a 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor on here. On the plus side, this is a 4G LTE capable device. One thing that's kinda neat in here is that you can use split screen actions. You can have an app on the top and an app simultaneously running on the bottom. There is no pricing or availability for this phone yet but it will be coming to the US at some point so keep your eyes filled. For more information on the ZTE Iconic Phablet, read the full hands-on impression at cnet.com.