Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics maker ZTE is about to launch a new mobile device, according to GSMArena.com. The as-yet-unnamed smartphone is said to be in the mid-range in terms of price, and will come in a variety of colors.
It looks a lot like an iPhone, albeit with a more curvaceous and smooth chassis. Rumour has it that it will be equipped with a 5″ 1080p screen, a 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM, and an octa-core CPU. Leaked images indicate that it will be available in blue, yellow, red, pink, orange, and green; it also appears to sport a fingerprint sensor, though that, like every other detail, remains unconfirmed.
If it does feature a fingerprint sensor, that could indicate a pivot in ZTE’s approach to biometrics. The company has recently displayed a strong interest in eye-scanning biometric systems, having incorporated the technology into its flagship mobile device, the ZTE Grand S3; so it may not be shifting to embrace instead fingerprint-based user authentication. On the other hand, the company has also demonstrated an interest in voice biometrics, having unveiled a voice-controlled smartphone late last year. ZTE may be working its way toward multimodal user authentication, which would be a great step forward in mobile security as mPayment platforms become increasingly popular with mainstream consumers. Again, it’s too early to say if this is indeed the case with ZTE’s new device. But it would be nice.