CES 2013: ZTE press conference live blog

CNET brings you the full story as ZTE shows off its new Grand S smartphone.

  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:18:49 PM
    Hello everyone!
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:19:10 PM
    We have a team of CNETers in line right now, waiting to get in the door to the ZTE press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:19:36 PM
    Hello!
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:19:49 PM
    Not sure what the holdup is, but the event is slated to start at 1:30PM PT.
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:20:36 PM
    Hey!!! =)
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:20:44 PM
    As you can see, with me today is Lynn La and Sarah Tew from CNET and Aloysius Low from CNET Asia!
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:20:56 PM

    Line at ZTE press conference.

  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:21:24 PM
    10 minutes before the event is scheduled to start, but the line hasn't budged!
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:22:26 PM
    Gee whiz, no movement in this line whatsoever yet...
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:22:39 PM
    I'm just waiting for smartphones to see which one will i buy like in 1 or 2 next months
  • Brian Bennett 1/8/2013 9:24:01 PM
    Howdy folks. I'll be your moderator for this CES event :)
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:24:46 PM
    @Fernando: Well the ZTE Grans S, which will be "unveiled" at this presser is the company's flagship phone.
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:25:06 PM
    Grand*
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:26:01 PM
    I say "unveiled" because it's already on the CES show floor at the ZTE booth.
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:26:51 PM
    well i was thinking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 (i've read it was going to be released today at the CES) i'm waiting for the Sony Xperia Z, too and abviously i want to see what is ZTE bringing to the market today =)
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:27:10 PM
    Strangely, this is the first presser I've been to yet at this CES that has started this late...
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:27:28 PM
    No wait, Nvidia started late...and then never ended...
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:28:58 PM
    but yes i really want to see the ZTE Grand S can't wait!
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:31:13 PM

    ZTE event poster.

  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:31:15 PM
    Thanks to everyone tuning in! Please stay with us as we wait in line to get in...
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:31:54 PM
    Uh oh, Comic Sans on the poster. That's strike two for this event! (Aside from starting late).
  • Aloysius Low 1/8/2013 9:32:39 PM
    Don't mind me. I'm just here to take notes for Asia. :)
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:32:49 PM
    Comic Sans is enough for me to just pack up and go home.
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:32:52 PM
    @Fernando: the Grand S will be available only in China for now, starting Q1.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:33:07 PM
    Wait. Are we going in!?
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:34:17 PM
    The line hath indeed budged.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:34:26 PM
    So we're moving (like snails) but we all still have to check in...
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:35:05 PM
    @Lynn La: then i will have to start earning and save money for the trip! haha
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:35:14 PM
    Now they want our business cards, even though we all already RSVPed for this.
  • Bcracing 1/8/2013 9:36:39 PM
    Yay
  • Fernando 1/8/2013 9:36:42 PM
    @Rachel King: Patien...patient...haha you will get in for sure ;)
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:37:28 PM
    We're in, but that was a total mess getting in the door.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:37:52 PM
    It was a combination of a mob rushing in while throwing business cards at a table.
  • Bcracing 1/8/2013 9:39:24 PM
    Does anyone think that ate might make a windows phone
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:39:30 PM
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:39:31 PM
    Wow this event is surprisingly packed. Or is this room just tiny?!
  • justme 1/8/2013 9:39:41 PM
    so this event is for 1 phone?
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:40:01 PM
    @justme: yup, just one phone
  • Lynn La 1/8/2013 9:40:25 PM
    But it is a big deal for ZTE, as it will signify a leap into the high-end big leagues
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:41:18 PM
    @lynn This is basically an overflowing shoebox of reporters.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:42:50 PM
    So we're all sittin' pretty in here, and no sign of this show starting yet...
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:43:01 PM
    Nevermind, I stand corrected.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:43:12 PM
    A ZTE rep is on stage now, trying to get us "involved"
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:43:38 PM
    He's making everyone do jazz hands while the Moby song from The Bourne Ultimatum plays.
  • Rachel King 1/8/2013 9:43:43 PM
    No, I'm not kidding.
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