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ZTE crams a 1080p projector, a 4-inch display and a LTE hotspot in one Android-powered package (hands-on)

         

ZTE’s Projector Hotspot is exactly as its name suggests: a 1080p projector and an LTE hotspot bundled in one highly portable box. Strangely, it even has a 4-inch touchscreen display and Android 4.2 as its operating system, so you could potentially surf the web and send emails from it. The entire package is very compact, measuring only 4.72 x 4.72 x 1.12 inches and weighing in at about 400 grams. We held it for a few minutes s at a ZTE meeting, and it does indeed feel quite lightweight, which will be good for business travelers who yearn to pack light. It also packs a 5,000 mAh battery in case you want to project your presentations on-the-go. As far as the video quality goes, we thought it was decent enough from the demonstration we saw, though we’re not sure if we recommend using this for movie night (we’ll need more than a few minutes to judge that). The hotspot functionality accommodates up to eight WiFi-enabled devices. Other features include 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI, a headset jack, Bluetooth and audio output. We asked a ZTE representative if you could make calls with it, and while he said there aren’t any phone capabilities, we imagine it might be possible to ring someone using Google Voice if you wanted to be completely ridiculous. The projector is set to be available some time this year, though the price has yet to be determined.

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