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ZTE might reboot the Hawkeye project

ZTE Hawkeye mid-range crowdsourced Android handset to get a new beginning
ZTE Hawkeye
Since ZTE already decided that the specs of the Hawkeye handset need a bump to draw enough attention on Kickstarter, it might not be a bad idea to change the specs and to start once again, pushing the device into the high-end market sector.

ZTE Hawkeye is quite an interesting project, but most of those interested in this handset expected more than the specs announced by the Chinese company the last time. However, ZTE quickly admitted that those specs were not enough and came up with a poll asking for suggestions on what needs to be changed to make this device more attractive. Now, it looks like a complete overhaul is in the cards.

ZTE's vice president of technology planning and partnerships, Jeff Yee, said the following about reshaping the whole project in an interview with MobileSyrup: "Pulling it down [is] most likely because I think the current specs aren’t interesting to people. It doesn’t matter if the campaign is funded or not, it’s not like we’re a startup that’s going to go out of business without that funding."

For now, ZTE Hawkeye is still on Kickstarter and has not even managed to reach 10 percent of the $500,000 USD goal. While the interview mentioned above is kind of interesting, it still does not offer clear answers to those who would like to grab the ZTE Hawkeye smartphone and are eager to know exactly what they get and when.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-29 (Update: 2017-01-29)