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ZTE Takes Cord Cutting to Next Level With Portable Android Projector

A battery-powered portable Android video projector from smartphone maker ZTE uses Wi-Fi and a preinstalled Sling TV app to let consumers project live and on-demand video up to 120 inches while on the go.

The device also features a pre-loaded Zoom app, which delivers video conferencing and group messaging, and the ability to access the Google Play store to download other video-streaming apps.

The ZTE Spro 2 Wi-Fi, which features 5-inch touchscreen, is available for $549.98 at ZTE’s web site, Amazon and eBay. It joins an LTE-equipped Spro 2, which offers the same features but doubles as a portable Wi-Fi hot spot because of its built-in cellular connectivity. It lacks preloaded Sling TV and Zoom apps. It was introduced earlier this year for the AT&T and Verizon networks.

The Wi-Fi-only Spro 2 is targeted to “ consumers who still want the flexibility it provides at home and at work but may not want it added to a new or existing data plan,” said Lixin Cheng, ZTE USA’s chairman/CEO.

The device delivers 720p resolution at 120 inches at 200 lumens.

Preloaded Sling TV gives consumers access to such channels as ESPN, AMC and HGTV for $20/month. Customers can also add to the core package with HBO for an additional $15/month and add other a-la-carte services at $5/month.