ZTE's Hawkeye is crowdsourced & can be stuck on walls. Really!

ZTE has launched Hawkeye, the first fruit of its crowd-sourced approach to building smartphones, with new features and characteristics.

Hawkeye beat out 540 innovative suggestions to emerge as the first truly crowd-sourced smartphone but it is yet to be fully developed.

Hawkeye is a result of ZTE's Project CSX which aimed to build a new device with the help of suggestions from the general public. The project received as many as 540 suggestions from 176 countries, many of which centred around devices other than smartphones. However, Hawkeye won out in the end and is presently in development.

ZTE has now placed Hawkeye on Kickstarter and has said that the device won't be available until September of this year but those who will pre-order it early will receive it before it's made available to the general public. At the same time, early pre-orders will also benefit from an exclusive early bird price.

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While launching Hawkeye, ZTE talked about how they came up with the name for the phone and said that they had to consider existing global trademarks and rights. The company didn't forget to take a dig at Apple as well. " As a result, there turns out to be many suggestions (and ones that I personally liked) that had to be ruled out.  I suspect the author of Eye-Phone probably knew this when it was submitted, as it closely resembles a phone made by a company named after a fruit, but we enjoyed reading it anyway.  Now, we feel confident that we have a good name for a product that matches the phone's features and allows ZTE to distribute it around the world -Hawkeye," said ZTE.


Hawkeye comes with several interesting and user-friendly features. The phone will let you navigate between pages using voice commands and also scroll automatically up-down or left-right with the movement of your eyes. The phone fields certain sensors which follow your pupils' movements and pass on the commands accordingly. Hawkeye can also be stuck on walls and flat surfaces thanks to two years of polymer research but this is only possible if you purchase an optional case.

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In terms of specifications, Hawkeye fields a 5.5-inch Full HD display, dual rear cameras with enhanced image and zoom capabilities, two SIM slots, a fingerprint sensor, a MicroSD slot, the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS, Hi-Fi audio and a quick charging technology. As per ZTE, the phone will support LTE (4G) bands most common in North America but will support 2G and 3G bands in the rest of the world.

If you pre-order Hawkeye now, you will need to pledge at least $199 and you will receive your handset by September. You will also receive the optional adhesive case for free along with free shipping. The Kickstarter project has a goal of collecting $500,000 by February 19 and has already collected $13,930 so far from 70 backers.

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