If CES 2015 is any indication, smartphone innovation could well be shifting towards China. The most interesting smartphones in Las Vegas are from ZTE and Lenovo.
ZTE has almost perfected Jithesh art of voice control with its news Star 2 smartphone. During a demo at the Chinese company’s stall the Star 2 understood and executed a whole bunch of commands, despite the thick Indian and Chinese accents as well as the loud noisy CES show floors. Plus, all the voice recognition happens offline, thus adding to it value for countries like India. The Star 2 also starts listening for a call command as soon as you take the phone near your ears.
ZTE’s flagship Nuoio Z7 might look a bit like the new iPhone, but it stands out with a 13MP camera that comes with CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization. The details are amazing and there is a 5.5-inch quad HD display to take full advantage of the images. The Android phone comes with a unique, but easy to use, Nubia UI 2.5.
Lenovo, meanwhile, has announced the P90, a large 5.5-inch full HD smartphone with the Intel AtomZ3560 processor. There is also a a Pro version of the Vibe X2 with a large 5.3-inch display and Qualcomm processors. The company has also announced its Selfie Flash accessory and the Vibe Band smartwatch with an E-ink display that promises seven days of battery life.