ZTE's Hawkeye is presently on Kickstarter and the company has announced an ambitious target of $500,000 which it aims to achieve by February 19. However, the company has been able to collect a meagre $37,045 so far, which has forced it to run a fresh poll on its USA website on what it can do to make more buyers fund the programme. If ZTE achieves the target of $500,000, it will start shipping the handset by September and early bird contributors will also receive the optional adhesive case for free along with free shipping.
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The new poll conducted by ZTE includes whether the company should replace the Snapdragon 625 processor with Snapdragon 835, whether it should replace the 3,000 mAh battery with a 3,500 mAh one or whether the Hawkeye should run stock Android OS with added software for eye tracking. As many as 47% of those who responded have voted for the processor upgrade, 18% have suggested stock Android OS while just 8% prefer a larger battery.
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.
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Hawkeye comes with several interesting and user-friendly features as well. 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.
It remains to be seen whether updating the Hawkeye's specifications based on public inputs will ensure ZTE will achieve its ambitious target. ZTE has confirmed that the $199 price tag of the phone will not change even if specifications are upgraded. If it does change the specifications, the Hawkeye could turn out to be among the most pocket-friendly mid-rangers in the market this year.