CES 2017: ZTE announces Hawkeye; Live on Kickstarter

CES has been pretty impressive with all of the heat that companies have been bringing this year. However, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has upped the ante further than anyone expected this year. Introducing Project Crowd Source X, or CSX for short. Now known as Hawkeye, this phone will feature Senseye technology, which scrolls your screen up and down based on your eye movement.

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Project CSX has been a groundbreaking process and the Hawkeye device sets the stage for us in 2017,” said Lixin Cheng, SVP of ZTE Corporation.  “As we move forward with this smartphone, we’ll look to continue to integrate consumers every step of the way.

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Hawkeye will also feature a self-adhesive case, which will allow users to mount the phone on to any surface, allowing for effective multitasking. The phone comes unlocked with Dual SIM support, as well as a 5.5″ FHD display, Hi-Fi audio a fingerprint sensor and will come out of the box with Android 7.0.

With Project CSX, we experimented by turning the typical R&D process on its head and did something completely different within the industry,” said Jeff Yee, vice president of Technology Planning and Partnerships of ZTE USA. “We believe that the Hawkeye name reflects the spirit and vision of ZTE as we continue to put the consumer first throughout this entire process and will continue to do so in every phone we deliver.

Hawkeye, according to ZTE, will support “2G and 3G bands around the world” and is expected to support LTE bands “most common in North America.” 

In addition, ZTE announced their newest entry into their Blade series, the Blade V8 Pro. Aimed at “find[ing] the beauty of the world through today’s young people,” the Blade V8 is equipped with “stunning Bokeh photo and 3D shooting capabilities.”  The phone, which will retail at $299.98, features 3GB of ram, and 32GB onboard memory, a dual-lens camera, with both at 13 megapixels, an intuitive fingerprint sensor, dual nano- sim slots. with the second sim slot available as expandable memory up to 128 GB and a 3140 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The phone is powered by Android M, and packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with an integrated Adreno 506 GPU.

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The Hawkeye is now live on Kickstarter, and you can pick one up for $199, shipping in September if it’s $500K goal is reached by February 18th. The Blade V8 Pro is available now for pre-order and will begin shipping on January 18th.

Stay tuned to the Outerhaven for more from CES 2017.

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