flibblesan, on 05 August 2011 - 12:36 PM, said:
I don't know what you mean but I've voted you up anyway!
You are obviously not old enough to remember the Osbourne luggable and the way pre-announcing better product killed sales of the current one, killing the company. I feel old.
Personally, if I were ZTE, I'd do it this way:
- release the 800Mhz phone as the 'ZTE Blade +' for a small increment over the Blade prices, playing off the back of the brand recognition for that phone with what is in reality a bump
- release a 1Ghz version as 'ZTE Skate' with a not-too-extreme price increase over the Blade+
- add a development of that in short order, probably with a keyboard as another name
That appears to be Huawei's model, tweaks of the same basic design under different names addressing slightly different market spaces.
As for the specs I'd like to see:
- ARM7 by default
- Lots of memory by default
- ~4 inch screen size (not too big, not too small)
- Dual core, so the thing doesn't stop if a thread grabs the processor hard.
Above that, I'd like a demountable keyboard, probably as part of an swappable back cover - so that I have the option of keyboard or thin phone.
The real key for ZTE I think is to focus on the software and docking aspects (eg the useability). The software because that can be kept up to date with a shorter cycle time than the hardware, and the docking because its the area that's missing from most phone setups. Think how its going to be used, not just technology. None of the phones (apple included) really gel properly with practical use cases.
In fact a selection of use cases from real users here might help ZTE get a better understanding of what new phones need to be doing - and avoid cases like the Skate in future.
Oh, and fix that damn wifi-disconnect-on-sleep issue - I'd pay an extra £10 for a phone that worked properly.