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Jain P.,Intel Corporation | Hedman P.,Ericsson AB | Zisimopoulos H.,ZTE
IEEE Communications Magazine | Year: 2012

3GPP studies indicate that for mobile networks to be competitive for mass machine-type applications, it is important to optimize their support for the expected huge growth of connected devices due to uptake of machine-type communications. In this article we briefly describe the architectural enhancements in 3GPP systems to better facilitate machine type communication. We highlight key architectural changes, functionality of new network elements to support new features such as device triggering, packet switched subscriptions including short message service via PS domain and SMS in MME. We also describe overload control mechanisms to prevent overload situations caused by synchronous connection requests from large numbers of MTC devices to the 3GPP system. Finally, we discuss how this work is expected to evolve in future 3GPP releases. © 2012 IEEE.

Have you ever seen a smartphone and thought that it would have been perfect if it had a certain feature? Or that a great smartphone was ruined because it used one technology over another? If you answered yes, then now is your chance to be heard, as smartphone manufacturer ZTE has launched Project CSX. Project CSX is a program that will allow ZTE to directly engage with customers during the development process of a smartphone. As explained by the company in the project's dedicated section on its website, Project CSX will have users submit ideas, with the users also voting on the ideas which they think will be the best additions to the planned device. The only limitations that ZTE has placed upon the resulting product of Project CSX is that it must be a mobile device, specifically a portable gadget that can connect to cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks; the device must be realistically possible to manufacture by 2017; and it should maintain an affordable price. ZTE has launched the online forum for Project CSX, and a good number of ideas have already been submitted with healthy discussions taking place. A look at the top of the forum, meanwhile, shows that the period for submitting ideas to Project CSX will only be until Aug. 31, with user voting on the top 3 best ideas to be incorporated into the smartphone to take place on Sept. 1 to Sept. 10. Product concept submissions will then take place from Sept. 12 to Sept. 30, with voting for the top 5 submissions to happen from Oct. 1 to Oct. 10. This will be immediately followed by the last stage of voting to determine the top product concept, lasting from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19. ZTE is also providing incentives for users to participate in Project CSX through a variety of rewards. The top 5 reviewers for both the ideas and product concept phases will each receive $100. The top 3 vote winners for the ideas phase will each win $500, while the top 5 vote winners for the product concept phase will each be awarded $1,500. The grand prize winner will be awarded a trip for two to attend the annual CES trade show in 2017, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8. The prize package, which carries an approximate value of $4,500, will include round-trip airfare or ground transportation plus hotel and meal accommodations. The winner will be at CES 2017 to mark one year since ZTE first unveiled the initiative at CES 2016. It is good to see ZTE follow through with its announcement, with users now invited to participate in the ambitious Project CSX. The project, however, has so far received many doubts across the industry, as it is seen by some as nothing more than a promotional move that aims to boost ZTE's engagement with customers. That said, if Project CSX moves forward as described, it could very well be a breakthrough in the smartphone industry to manufacture the very first "crowdsourced smartphone." © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

News Article | January 5, 2016
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ZTE has announced a slew of new smartphones at CES 2016, including the Grand X3 and the Avid Plus. The phones have been on display at the ZTE booth over the past few days, and they are aimed at offering a powerful option at an affordable price. First up is the Grand X3, which is convenient and affordable and aimed at prepaid users. Perhaps the highlight of the device is the fact that it costs only $129.99. However, what do you get for such a low price? Well, it's actually not a bad device at all, offering a 5.5-inch 720p display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a battery with a capacity of 2080 mAh. In addition to that, it has an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of storage and audio powered by Dolby. Next up is the ZTE Avid Plus, which will be available to both T-Mobile and MetroPCS users and will feature the same Snapdragon 210 processor, a five-inch display, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Additionally, the device features a 5 MP rear-facing camera, 2 MP front-facing camera and a 2300 mAh battery. Apart from the new phones, ZTE made a number of other announcements, including what it calls ZCommunity, which is aimed at allowing the ZTE Community to have a say in the design of future ZTE phones. Only time will tell how much of a say the community actually has in design, but it's certainly an interesting experiment.

News Article | February 4, 2016
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On the heels of news indicating that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-lens camera system, there's chatter, from way up the hardware supply chain, indicating that Apple has already began testing the components needed to make those reports true. Largan Technology of Taiwan, along with camera lens manufacturers based in Japan and China, sent Apple samples of dual camera system, according to sources. Some of the upstream sources told DigiTimes that Apple was testing samples from several suppliers because Largan currently provides 60 percent of the cameras used by Apple's smartphones. The diversification is a move to lower risk, the sources suggested. "The market watchers expect iPhone's adoption of a dual-lens camera to boost demand for the component," states the DigiTimes report. The report is the latest among the steam of news alleging to offer details about Apple's plans for dual-lens cameras for the iPhone 7. However, Apple is hardly breaking new ground here, as several handsets manufacturers from China, including Lenovo and ZTE, have already adopted the tech. While this probably doesn't include Apple, Sony says it developing a dual-lens system that will be adopted by "major smartphone players." However, Sony doesn't anticipate the dual-lens format truly taking off until next year because of current market conditions and a cloudy forecast for the rest of the year. “Well, for next year, our so-called dual lens – dual camera platform will be launched by, we believe, major smartphone players," Kenichiro Yoshida, Chief Financial Officer for Sony, said during a Q3 2015 earnings call. "However, as I said previously, recently, our smartphone market is growing and particularly, our high-end smartphone market is now slowing down." That slow growth, which is occurring now in the market for high-end smartphones, could have a negative impact on Sony's production schedule and demand for its components, according to Yoshida. "So, we believe the real start, the takeoff of smartphone with dual lens camera will be in the year of 2017,” Yoshida said during the call.

News Article | August 9, 2016
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage may hit the shelves in China in early September. The smartphone maker launched the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7 on Aug. 2 and claims that the Galaxy Note 7's CPU is 31 percent more powerful and its GPU is 58 percent more capable. "Galaxy Note 7 brings several upgrades on board from a faster and more adept processor to a better GPU. With this kind of muscle under the hood, as well as 4 GB of RAM, you have the power to do more, go far," says Samsung. However, many customers were disappointed as the handset packs in 4 GB of RAM as opposed to the expected 6 GB of RAM. A previous Tech Times report pointed that a Galaxy Note 7 model with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage appeared on GeekBench, which excited many fans, but this model is expected to be launched only in China. Samsung has not revealed any detail about a Galaxy Note 7 with bigger RAM and more internal storage, but latest rumors now suggest that preorders of this version will start in China on Aug. 26 and hit the shelves on Sept. 2. The regular Galaxy Note 7 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage will be priced at 5,688 yuan in China, or $854. Rumors claim that the 6 GB model of the phablet will have a slightly steeper price tag of 6,088 yuan or $914. Fortunately, other hardware specs such as the processor, battery and camera remain the same in the 4 GB and 6 GB models of the Galaxy Note 7. A number of smartphones with 6 GB of RAM such as the OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7 have made their way to the market in 2016. All previous mobile phones in the Galaxy Note series included the best specs and customers were hoping that the Galaxy Note 7 would be at par with these handsets. Smartphones are used to perform a number of tasks and high RAM is preferred by customers for uninterruptible experience. It is worth noting that phones with 4 GB of RAM are swift enough to offer a seamless user experience. As Samsung has not confirmed any detail about a Galaxy Note 7 with 6 GB of RAM, rumors should be treated with a pinch of salt. However, if Samsung indeed launched a Galaxy Note 7 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB internal storage in China, then customers would hope the handset manufacturer also releases the model in other regions in the near term. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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