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ZTE F866

 ZTE F866 Available now
26th January 2006

ZTE are a Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones and networking equipment, and the ZTE F866 is the first handset we've seen in Europe carrying the ZTE brand.

The F866 is a basic 3G phone aimed at the prepay market, available on the Hutchison 3 network. The specification is very similar to the first LG handsets available on 3 (such as the LG U8110, U8120 and U8130). There'a a rotating VGA resolution camera, 176x220 pixel main display in 65,000 colours and 10Mb of internal non-expandable memory. There's no Bluetooth either, but there is a dedicated "TV" button for accessing video content.

It's lighter than some other 3G phones, at 124 grams.. but that's still a lot heavier than a standard GSM handset. The F866's battery life is significantly better than early 3G devices too - quoted as around 3.5 hours talktime and 9 days standby. Again, battery life on GSM phones is usually much better.

Of course, as a 3G phone the F866 does have access to 3's streaming multimedia content, and it supports video calls. As you might expect, the best thing about the ZTE F866 is the price. In the UK, 3 are selling the ZTE F866 for around 100 (150 approx) with 30 (45) of airtime included.

ZTE make a range of other handsets too. Their current top of the range 3G phone is the F868 which is similar to the F866, but it comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, and there are a range of GSM and CDMA phones. However, there's nothing in ZTE's range that is particularly advanced in technical terms, so for the time being expect to see these handsets pitched purely at the value end of the market.

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ZTE F866 at a glance

Available:

Now

Network:

UMTS (3G) + GSM

Data:

UMTS (3G) + GPRS

Screen:

176x220 pixels, 65,000 colours

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Size:

Large clamshell
Size tbc / weight 124 grans

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

3.5 hours talk / 9 days standby

 

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