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CES 2017 | ZTE Hawkeye now official

ZTE Hawkeye crowdfunded Android smartphone, previously known as Project CSX
ZTE Hawkeye
Previously known as Project CSX, this crowdsourced Android smartphone is finally official and can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter for a discounted price of $199 USD, but shipments are only expected to start in Q3 2017.

ZTE was very busy choosing a name for the upcoming crowdsourced 5.5-inch handset previously known as Project CSX, but they came up with a good one - Hawkeye is now finally official! Since yesterday, the handset can be pre-ordered for an early bird price of $199 USD via Kickstarter.

Although the specs are not final, this is what backers should expect to receive as early as September:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 or later
  • Memory/Storage: 4 GB or 6 GB; 64 GB or 128 GB
  • Display: 5.5-inch full HD multitouch
  • Cameras: 8 MP front with OIS, autofocus, HDR, 16 MP back with OIS, dual-LED flash, laser autofocus, HDR (dual-camera setup also in the cards)
  • Operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Battery: 3,500 - 4,000 mAh

In addition to the above, the handset is expected to feature eye-tracking capabilities, a side fingerprint reader on the power button, HiFi audio, microSD support, dual-SIM capabilities, and more. All these specs can change until the handset finally becomes available, but it looks like ZTE Hawkeye will deliver a lot to those willing to pay nine months (or more) in advance for it.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01- 5 (Update: 2017-01- 5)