Back here in New Orleans for the second day of the CTIA wireless conference. After checking out HTC and LG yesterday I thought I would visit the smaller brands to see what kind of new gear is heading our way. First up was ZTE which showed off some great devices back in January at CES as well as MWC in February. Their new Android smartphones look sleek and elegant, but also bring ICS (Android 4.0.3) to the table. The new PF112 features a 4.5″ HD display with an 8MP camera and uses the Miflavor UI. The ZTE Era which is the flagship device for ZTE features a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD, HD voice, Dolby sound, and the Miflavor UI. It’s also 7.8mm thin and fits the hand nicely. Next I was off to Intel which was showing off their Intel powered smartphones such as the K800 from Lenovo. Also on display was the Xolo X900 which just launched in India as well the the Santa Clara (for Orange France/UK). The Xolo is a phone I would love to see here in the U.S. It feels great in terms of hardware and pairs a 1.6GHz Atom CPU and 4.03-inch touchscreen with an 8-megapixel camera.
Last but not least I was back at LG to check out their new Optimus 3d Max. This device is the upgrade for the LG Thrill (AT&T) and the Optimus 3d P920. The 3D Max features a 1.2GHz OMAP4430 dual-core chip with a 4.3″ qHD display. LG may be the only player left in 3D smartphones as HTC did not bring a new 3D phone to the event. Kyocera was my final stop to check out their new water resistant Android device called the Hydro. The phone is certified IPX 5 and IPX 7 waterproof which means it can resit sprays and submersion. The phone features mediocre features with a 1GHz snapdragon processor, 3.2MP camera, and a 3.5″ IPS display. This phone is a great fit for those who want a rugged waterproof handset that can survive the elements.
That is all from day 2 here at the show. Enjoy the pictures from today below. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a final wrap up the event as well a brief look at all the new Mobile Payment systems from MasterCard, Visa, Google, and Amex. Enjoy!