ZTE Hawkeye On Kickstarter, Specs Are Revealed
ZTE took to the community to solicit ideas for a new smartphone from the budding Chinese phone manufacturer. The ZTE Hawkeye is the community designed phone currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. All the features of the phone were voted on by the ZTE community, and even the name was from the votes of the most active ZTE community members.
Consumers wanted a handsfree phone so features included that would cater to that need. Eye-tracking technology allows the device to scroll for you while the addition of a self-adhesive case allows owners to stick it to any surface. I wasn’t aware consumers wanted their phones to stick to surfaces at a moments notice, but I’m also curious to know how the phone feels in your hands. Does it stick to you or collect dirt in your pocket?
The device is available for pre-order on Kickstarter at $199, but will retail for a slightly more. The project has raised $30,000 out of its $500,000 goal with 31 days to go, so, they still have a long way to go before this phone is in the hands of consumers.
- Nougat 7.0
- A front-facing camera: 8MP
- Dual lens, rear-facung camera: 13MP and 12MP + optical zoom
- 5.5″ display at 1080p
- Processor: Snapdragon 625
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB (microSD, 256GB max)
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- USB-C, capable of Quick Charge 2.0
- Fingerprint scanner (on the back)
The phone is mid-range, nothing special. The specs read like any $250 phone from ZTE, Honor, or other budget phones. This may appeal to some, but not myself, especially as you’ll have to wait for the phone to be funded to even get the phone. If it’s even funded. Still, it’s a compelling idea to have consumers provide their input into the design of a smartphone.
We’ll have to wait other 30ish days to see if the Hawkeye is funded, or if ZTE takes on the project even though the Kickstarter venture didn’t pan out. Tell us in the comments below what you think about the crowdfunded smartphone from ZTE.