When it comes to voice command functionality, Apple's iPhone, Google's Moto and Microsoft's Lumia devices are the first manufacturers and devices that will come to our mind whenever we hear this particular feature. Today there is a new company that wants to join into the mix, and that is ZTE and its first entry is the Star 2 smartphone. However ZTE claims their newest device is different than the others as it is system-wide voice operated phone and not just when only connected to the internet.
The voice recognition technology on the ZTE Star 2 is not an app like Siri and Cortana but is fully embedded in the device itself and that what makes it different from the existing competition. With that in mind, users will be able to make calls, send text message, launching and switching between apps, play music, take photo and many more completely hands free. ZTE claims the Star 2 has a response time of just 1.2 seconds and up to 90% success rate. This is one of the very interesting features that I have heard on a smartphone this year and I am pretty sure I am not the only one here who would like to try this in action as soon as possible.
ZTE Star 2 specs:
- 5" Full HD OGS display
- 1920x1080 resolution, 441ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Internal storage
- Supports microSD card
- 13MP rear camera with dual LED fash
- 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens
- Android 4.4 Kitkat with MiFavor 3.0 UI
- 4G LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth,
- 2,300mAh battery
The ZTE Star 2 is housed in an aluminum frame and only as thin as 6.9mm, inside it sits a 2,300mAh battery pack. It is already available for purchase in China for a price equivalent to $402 or about Php17,999 in our currency. The ZTE Star 2 is also expected to be showcased at CES 2015 early next year and hopefully it will have a global release that includes the Philippines.