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CNET at MWC 2013: ZTE press conference live blog

If history is any guide, ZTE won't be shy with new phones at Mobile World Congress. CNET will bring you the full story.

  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 2:54:40 PM
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 2:54:42 PM
    The one thing that's wild about MWC pressers are all the different languages. Folks in front are chatting in Japanese while behind me I hear conversational Barcelona Spanish.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 2:57:02 PM
    It's a packed room in here. I guess ZTE can pack em in here in Barcelona.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 2:57:09 PM
    I doubt it would get this kind of reception in the U.S.
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 2:57:51 PM
    It' amazing how Firefox is really making news at this show. First Alcatel, then and now ZTE perhaps...and Huawei next?
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 2:58:57 PM
    That is a lot of people on stage. Five people seated, plus one standing at the lectern. We could be in for a wordy presentation.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 2:59:19 PM
    Okay, looks like we're about to start.
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 2:59:48 PM
    OMG, there's a wall of execs in front of us. This is intimidating!
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:00:14 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:00:19 PM
    Ok, we're getting started.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:00:57 PM
    He Shiyou, EVP of ZTE first up.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:01:19 PM
    Raj Talluri, John Couling, and Chris Edwards also on stage.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:01:54 PM
    He Shiyou, EVP and head of mobile devices, is up first.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:02:22 PM
    Mr. He is using a translator.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:02:46 PM
    ZTE is announcing the Grand Memo. The theme of the conference is "Life is grand."
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:02:50 PM
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 3:02:56 PM
    Oh wow, time to practice my rusty Mandarin.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:03:02 PM
    Fortunately, Lynn already has the lowdown on the Grand Memo.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:03:39 PM
    ZTE's handset business has steady growth and profit in 2012, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:04:00 PM
    He is thanking his partners (Qualcomm) for the launch of the Grand Memo.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:04:36 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:05:12 PM
    ZTE sold 65 million devices in 2012, making it the fourth-largest OEM in the world, according to IDC.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:05:26 PM
    70% of phone revenues was from smartphones.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:05:55 PM
    ZTE still has a long way to go relative to top tier vendors when it comes to profitability, he says.
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 3:06:06 PM
    Here we go... talking global sale numbers a la Samsung.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:06:36 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:07:02 PM
    There's still a gap with tier one vendors like Apple and Samsung in terms of profitability. The goal is to focus on high-end products, branding, image build-up, flagship devices, and open markets, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:07:21 PM
    ZTE wants to be a top 3 player by 2015.
  • Lynn 2/25/2013 3:07:34 PM
    Hey guys, doing great with the live blog! This presser is off the hook.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:07:37 PM
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 3:08:07 PM
    Yep, ZTE really craves a successful flagship handset just like many in this rough and tumble mobile business.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:08:18 PM
    ZTE has a strategy it calls 4S: slim, safety, screen and speed.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:08:29 PM
    Uh...ZTE knows there's a iPhone 4S, right?
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:09:07 PM
    Its goal is to a thinner design, better displays, faster processors, and high security, he says.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:09:22 PM
  • Brian Bennett 2/25/2013 3:09:46 PM
    The 4Ses to ZTE's smartphone success. We count five actually!
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:10:03 PM
    Here comes another device.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:10:32 PM
    Oh, sorry I misheard, ZTE is still talking about Grand Memo.
  • Lynn 2/25/2013 3:10:54 PM
    It breaks "the record." What record, you incredulously ask? THE. Record.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:11:06 PM
    He expressed his gratitude to partners, media, and guests for support for LTE.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:11:23 PM
    ZTE looks forward to continuing to work with us for...something.
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:11:32 PM
    And that's the end of the first part of the event.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 3:11:38 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/25/2013 3:11:43 PM
    Chris Edwards, european marketing and business director for ZTE, now takes the lectern.
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