My interest in this phone continues. What’s not like with it still being US$99 at MetroPCS?
What hasn’t been to like are the attitudes of ZTE and T-Mobile/MetroPCS. The bootloader is locked. ZTE/T-Mobile won’t allow people to unlock it.
There’s been no root (one developer was working on it, succeeded, then met with a series of personal crises — along with harassment from impatient children at XDA — that prevented further work).
While an unlocked bootloader is probably out of the question (until ZTE and T-Mobile regain their sanity), it seems that achieving root is getting closer.
Those with Linux/coding experience can witness the work in progress at XDA Developers starting here.
If this gets made into an APK that allows easy root, it’d be fantastic. Without an unlocked bootloader, I’m not sure that any custom ROMs would be possible. But still, apps that require root to perform magic would be possible and that would greatly increase the value and usefulness of the phone.
ZTE Zmax Update
ZTE Zmax Gets A Review
ZTE Zmax Now US$199.99
Google Books PDF Test: ZTE Zmax
ZTE Zmax: AnTuTu 5.1 Test
ZTE Zmax: Size Comparison
ZTE Announces US$250 5.7-Inch Phone
Today Onda announced, via Weibo, their dual-OS “breakthrough.” The Weibos follow. My own Weibo account is borked for today, so only small images can be included.
Eight-inch 1280 x 800 screen, Intel Z3735F CPU, 2GBs of RAM, 64GBs of internal storage, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, 4,500mah battery.
For 699 yuan. That’s about US$112.
More details at the Pipo forum [Google Translate].
Expect the same from others and for a tablet like this to drop in price by probably half towards the end of the year.
Even those who think they know everything about tablets will find at least one new thing in it [Google Translate].
Xperia T2 Ultra Lollipop firmware gets certified by Bluetooth SIG
Sony has not made it clear whether it plans to update select 2014 non-Xperia Z series handsets to Lollipop, but these certifications are promising and shows that Sony is at least internally doing some testing
Just when my thinking was settled on the ZTE Zmax, this news comes along.
If Sony were to actually offer Android 5.x for the T2 Ultra, it’d represent a breakthrough in that company’s thinking. They have a record of abandoning customers. This would show that they’re no longer taking their sales for granted.
Although the T2 Ultra has just 1GB of RAM compared to the 2GBs of the Zmax, there’s something about that Sony phone that appeals to me. It’s the first Sony phone to do so — and all of their current phones actually repel me.
An Android/Windows dual-OS system with a 10.6-inch 1920 x 1080 screen, Intel Z3735F CPU, 2GBs of RAM, 32 or 64GBs of internal storage, 8,000mAh battery.
See the review at ZOL [Google Translate].
See the article after the break.