Just hours after Nokia announced its first Android budget phone, Chinese firm ZTE has unveiled its latest range of devices in Barcelona. The first phone, named the Grand Memo II LTE, has a 6-inch display with split-screen functions, meaning people can watch films and tweet, or look at emails while reading news on a browser at the same time.
The second announcement was the lower-budget ZTE Open C, the first phone in its range to run the Firefox operating system – developed by the same company that makes the Firefox web browser.
The higher-spec Grand Memo II LTE has a 3200mAh battery which ZTE claims can last 16 hours on standby, combined with software designed to save and extend this battery life.
It also has a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP lens on the front.
ZTE has added Smile Recognition as well as many of the advanced features, including ISO and White Balance, seen on Nokia's Lumia 1020 device.
The phone also doubles up as a remote control for all smart devices in a home, including TVs and radios.
Additionally, the screen of the Grand Memo II LTE also beams content to smart TVs so people can watch on a big screen what is being played on the phone's smaller screen.
Elsewhere it has smart finger gestures that take screenshots, and a highly-sensitive screen that can be used while wearing gloves.
The Open C is a low-entry device with a 4-inch screen with a 3MP front-facing camera.
Prices have not been officially announced for either device but they are due to go on sale in China from April, followed by North America and Europe.
ZTE also unveiled its Projector Hotspot, a mini projector and Wi-Fi host spot, and a new interface called MiFavor 2.3.
Speaking at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE mobile devices and executive vice president of ZTE Corporation said: ‘This year, we are looking to work even more closely with our customers worldwide to develop the products they want and deliver a superior customer experience.
'They have told us that they want ever more innovative and high-performance products, so at MWC 2014 we are delivering this with the launch of two new high-profile devices.
‘We expect 2014 to be our strongest year yet – and we’re putting our customers at the heart of everything we do to help us achieve that.
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