In a pre-Mobile World Congress announcement, ZTE has unveiled two new Android phones, both of which will run the very latest version of the software.
Essentially beating almost every other manufacturer out the gate, these two new phones are confirmed to run Android 4.0, rather than 2.3 Gingerbread with the promise of an update in the near future, as has been the fashion recently.
So far, Ice Cream Sandwich is available for a few phones such as the Galaxy Nexus, plus several tablets including the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Of the two devices, it’s the PF200 that’s the most interesting to us here in the UK. Equipped with a 4-inch touchscreen with a qHD resolution, that’s 960 x 540 pixels, a 1.2GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera, it’s up there with the current top-of-the-range devices from Samsung and HTC.
Other features include DLNA certification, NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, a video call camera and in selected markets, 4G LTE support.
While this will inevitably change during Mobile World Congress, ZTE is known for its competitive pricing, meaning the PF200 could turn out to be the bargain of the year when it goes on sale.
The second phone from ZTE is the N910, but it’s going to be a CDMA-only device, so won’t be coming to the UK in this form. It has a 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3-inch screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and a 5 megapixel camera.
Last week, ZTE announced it would be launching its Light Tab 2 tablet in the UK under its own name, so there’s a strong chance the PF200 could also appear this way too. We’ll find out more at Mobile World Congress.