Last year ZTE decided to crowdsource ideas for new smartphone technologies and submit them to a vote. The company promised that it will manufacture the highest voted idea in the poll. The winner of the vote was smartphone equipped with eye-tracking technology for its camera as well as an adhesive case.
Although the company showcased how that specific technology would work during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the phone got lost in the countless new devices and technologies that were showcased during the event and got more attention.
During CES, ZTE was scheduled to launch the Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign to raise the funds needed to actually manufacture the phone. The campaign went alive on January 4th and with 32 days remaining, the project only managed to raise slight over $30,000 out of a total of $500,000 amount that ZTE is requesting.
In an attempt to garner some attention to the device and hopefully to the crowdsourcing campaign as well, ZTE decided to announce the specs of the future device. The company stated that it did not release this information earlier because it was still gathering feedback from users and the community.
The main features of the phone and probably the only reasons that anyone would consider to purchase the phone is the adhesive cover which can stick to most surfaces like walls and mirrors, as well as the eye-tracking camera which allows users to scroll without actually touching the device.
However, ZTE recognizes the fact that phones also need be attractive in terms of other areas such as design and specs. The ZTE Hawkeye smartphone will feature mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage capacity expandable up to 256GB.
The device will run on Android 7.0 Nougat, it will have a dual sim slot, a 5.5-inched FHD display powered by a 3000mAh battery. The back shooter consists in a dual lens with 13 MP and 12 MP sensors and optical zoom, while the front camera has 8 MP. Other features include a fingerprint sensor, NFC, a USB Type-C port, and Quick Charge 2.0.
If the campaign meets its goal, the phone is scheduled to ship to backers in September 2017.
Image source: ZTE Kickstarter