RICHARDSON, TEXAS — Smartphone maker ZTE launched a Verizon-network version of its Spro 2 smart projector, a portable Android-based Wi-Fi hot spot/projector with built-in cellular LTE and 5-inch touchscreen.
Consumers can purchase the battery-operated device for $599 with no annual contract at ZTEUSA.com.
In April, AT&T began offering the Spro 2, the carrier’s first smart projector, through more than 500 AT&T stores and AT&T’s website at $399 with two-year contract or $499 without contract. ZTE’s previous-generation LivePro Android smart projector/hot spot is available from Sprint at $299 with two-year contract or, without contract, for $18.75 per month for 24 months.
The Android-based Spro 2 connects up to 10 Wi-Fi devices to Verizon’s LTE network, downloads Play Store apps, and projects app content as well as content from USB- or HDMI-connected sources, MicroSD cards, and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth sources.
Because it is battery-powered and projects content from memory-storage devices and from the Cloud, users can project video and presentations without connecting to a laptop.
The Spro 2 features 1,280 by 720 resolution up to 120 inches, and 200 lumens brightness. A 6,300 mAh lithium-polymer battery delivers up to 2.5 hours of media streaming and up to 16 hours of connectivity. The Spro 2 is 1.5 inches thick and comes with 16GB internal storage and 64GB MicroSD card slot.
To promote the Spro 2, ZTE launched the Ugliest Conference Room Makeover contest in which ZTE will spend up to $50,000 to upgrade the winner’s conference room. Entrants must submit a photo or video of their ugly room along with a description of how a makeover would benefit their office. Finalists and winners will be selected by ZTE and popular vote.