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ZTE invites the public to help design its next mobile product

By Shawn Knight
Aug 3, 2016
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  1. ZTE said earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show that it intended to crowdsource suggestions for a new mobile device. On Wednesday, the Chinese telecommunications company kept its word by inviting the general public to its Z-Community forums to share their ideas.

    It’s no secret that innovation in the mobile industry has reached a bit of a standstill. Samsung, for example, unveiled its Galaxy Note 7 just the other day. Aside from a few minor improvements such as Gorilla Glass 5 and waterproofing, the handset is largely a carryover from its flagship Galaxy S7. Similarly, Apple’s next iPhone isn’t expected to the revolutionary jump that typically happens following an S-model release.

    Tentatively known as Project CSX, the crowdfunded mobile product must be possible to build by 2017 (technically, as in it can’t include a time machine or some other wild tech that doesn’t yet exist) and be affordable to the general public.

    Engadget notes that Jeff Yee, senior vice president of technology planning and partnerships, said ZTE plans to see the project through to the very end. The executive added that the development of a new mobile device can cost anywhere between half a million and $5 million but stopped short of saying exactly how much money has been allocated for Project CSX.

    If you’re interested in participating, simply head over to the Z-Community and register for an account if you don’t already have one. From there, all you need to go is create a thread and populate it with your idea.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    You know what I want in a phone...do it and you can have my money! :p
     
  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 382   +340

    No silly resolution, not phablet sized, replaceable battery and SD card.
     
  4. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Addict Posts: 106   +58

    Phony McPhoneface
     
  5. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    If their highly paid r&d and tech guys cant design a nice phone so why should I give them designs for free when they make millions off of it. no way guys pay up for designs otherwise get slushed in the gutter and washed away
     
  6. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Booster Posts: 105   +49

    1.) Removable battery
    2.) Huge battery 6500mah
    3.) Ridged thick magnesium frame, that extends above the screen. Not how every phone is now where the screen is the highest thing.
    4.) Removable screen
    5.) Cheap screen replacements sold online
    6.) Intel / micron 3D Xpoint ( 1TB )
    7.) 8 Gig ram
    8.) SD Slot
    9.) A true, real OLED display
    10.) taser
    11.) Best mobile processor available
    12.) a reasonable size. 5 1/2 inch by 3 3/4 inch or so.
    13.) $700 price tag
     

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