ZTE may have just launched an affordable mid-range smartphone, the ZTE Star 1, in Malaysia just about 2 months ago, but it looks like the company already has a successor to that device. The Chinese company just took the curtains off the ZTE Star 2 that packs much better hardware than the Star 1, however, what makes it stand out isn’t in the specs department – it is a fully voice-controlled device.
The ZTE Star 2 features the industry’s first system-level voice and speech recognition that can work even when the device is offline and without a network connection. You can unlock the device, make calls, open third-part apps, play music, take pictures and more using nothing but your voice. ZTE says that it has a rapid response rate of only 1.2 seconds and 90% success rate even when you’re in a noisy environment. On top of that, with speech recognition on board, it also supports real-time voice-to-text input.
As for the design and hardware, the ZTE Star 2 looks pretty sleek too with thin bezels of 1.18mm, and a thin body of only 6.9mm. Crafted out of an aircraft-grade aluminium alloy frame, it has a 5” dual-layer Gorilla Glass 3 display for better durability. On the inside, it is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Other specs look pretty impressive too with a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, 5MP front shooter with 88-degree ultra wide angle lens, gesture control, and a new MiFavor 3.0 customisable UI with over 100 different combinations to choose from.
The ZTE Star 2 is now available in China for RMB2,499 (about RM1,400), and will be launched in international markets at a later date. Anybody looking forward to a fully voice-controlled smartphone? I’m just curious if the 90% success rate applies for Malaysian English.