Since May 7, it is possible to acquire from Bouygues Telecom in France, the latest high-end model from ZTE.
Called ZTE Link, it is also the basi ZTE model imported into France running Android OS. As brought up by Emmanuel Rousseau, the Director for terminals in France, the ZTE Link intention is to democratize Android cell phones in France. At 149 in prepaid, or 1 in a pack, ZTE has good prospects to succeed.
Despite the tight price ZTE Link is a well equipped mobile phone. It has a very reactive 2.8-inch resistive touch screen of 320×240 pixels. The processor, a Qualcomm MSM7227 clocked at 600MHz, has an internal memory of 120MB and comes with a 2GB memory card to store multimedia files (pictures, MP3s, videos). This memory may be extended to 8 GB by adding a microSD card. The Link is quad bands and works on the 3G+ networks, which allows surfing at an intermediate speed of 1.2 Mbps (7.2 Mbps maximum). It likewise has Bluetooth and WiFi to surf for free in one of the a good deal of hot spot available around the planet. The A-GPS is employed in combining with Google Maps. The camera is a 3.2 megapixels, which is rather satisfying given the price of the terminal. The built in accelerometer, allows photos, videos and the digital keyboard to mechanically adjust to the screen, whether the phone is hold vertically or horizontally. The ZTE Link integrates music, video, photos and audio players. The micro USB port allows the Link to be without apparent effort connected to a PC for file transfer or battery charging.
Finally, the fact that the Link is running an Android operating scheme (version 1.6), this makes it compatible with more than 10,000 apps available for example at Android Market or Androlib.
The ZTE Link casing uses plastics which are similar to the HTC Touch 3G’s one. Although a great deal of of the photos show the Link in white, Bouygues Telecom offers it only in black. Its dimensions are rather small: 102 x 55 x 14.5 mm and with a weight of 104 grams, it is lighter than most other Smartphone’s. The 3 controls (home, menu, back), bellow the screen, are sensitive, the 2 steps button bellow is mechanical. The volume button is located on the right side of the cell phone.
Our introductory impression concerning the ZTE Link is positive. The casing, the call reception and the emission are good and the screen is very responsive, but lacks of luminance in daylight.
ZTE managed to provide an Android phone with a good performance for an entry-level price. Competition will have to start out to worry and for ZTE it is only the beginning.