Richardson, Texas – Chinese
cellphone maker ZTE, as part of an effort to expand distribution and go
up-market, is launching its third Android smartphone for the U.S. market.
The ZTE Warp, available Nov. 2 at
$249, is ZTE’s first Android phone for Sprint’s Boost Mobile prepaid service.
It will join ZTE’s two other U.S. Android phones, the will be joining the ZTE Score for Cricket and the AT&T Avail. The current Android models became available
within the past month.
Warp’s features include 4.3-inch display,
5-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, and Boost’s Mobile ID service, which lets
users download packs of applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers
centered on specific themes.
ZTE, which launched its first
U.S. phone in 2008, is increasing its focus on
branded rather than white-label mobile devices. Besides cellphones, it offers
mobile WI-Fi hot spots and cellular USB modems in the U.S.