ZTE Unveils Blade V8 Pro and Project CSX Winner ‘Hawkeye’ at CES 2017

ZTE Unveils Blade V8 Pro and Project CSX Winner ‘Hawkeye’ at CES 2017

ZTE took the stage at CES 2017 to unveil not one, but two smartphones. The Blade V8 Pro is an upgrade over the Blade V7, while ZTE Hawkeye is the smartphone winner from Project CSX, ZTE’s attempt to crowdsource ideas for a smartphone.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro

ZTE’s Blade lineup has seen popularity in Asian markets, and then expanding to Europe and other regions. With the V8 Pro, ZTE is bringing the Blade to the US market, aiming at users looking for an affordable smartphone.


The Blade V8 Pro features a 5.5″ FHD LCD display, which is standard fare on many price segments these days. On the inside, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 8x Cortex-A53 clocked at 2.0GHz; 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can choose to expand the storage by another 256GB by making use of the hybrid dual-SIM slot with microSD support. There’s a decently sized 3,140 mAh battery onboard, along with a USB Type-C port and Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities. The phone does sadly run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and ZTE has not made known any upgrade plans, so a Nougat release remains up in the air at this stage.

The Blade V8 Pro fuels the dual-camera trend with its dual 13MP cameras on the back, supported with dual LED flash and PDAF. You can also record 4K videos at 30fps. The front camera is an 8MP shooter.

The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is available for pre-order through ZTE’s website and other retailers for a price of $299.98.

ZTE Hawkeye

While ZTE had chosen the winner of Project CSX through community voting a few months ago, they have now chosen the name of the upcoming smartphone.


Named ‘Hawkeye’, the winner of Project CSX is a smartphone with a self-adhesive back with eye-tracking technology. ZTE Hawkeye is now live for funding on Kickstarter for a discounted price of $199. The device is expected to ship globally in Q3 2017.

For more information, you can visit the Kickstarter page for ZTE Hawkeye.

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