We found out about the ZTE Star 1 a few days ago after images of it leaked onto the net. Now ZTE has gone ahead and released the device to the Chinese buying public.
This makes ZTE’s slate pretty full, with the Grand S2, Qing Yang 2 and Memo 2 all launching recently. The Star 1 is a decent looking phone though, with a 5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, 4G capability, a pair of cameras sitting at 8MP and 5MP, the quad-core 1.6Ghz Snapdragon 400 chipset, a 2,300mAh battery, runs Android 4.4 out of the box and packs in 16GB of storage.
It also has Bluetooth 4.0 and infrared sensor and comes in White, Black and Pink.
That sits right about where the Grand S2 is, except with a much slower CPU. Still, the price decrease may be worth it, as the Star 1 is selling on JD.com for very cheap given the specs. While the original Japanese language blog that noticed the announcement lists the price at 1599 RMB, JD.com (linked from ZTE’s site) is selling it for the “special price” of 1399 RMB ($224, €162).
Customers who order their ZTE Star 1 now will get it between tomorrow and April 28th. It will then be sold with regular shipping times starting April 29th.
As Phonearena points out, ZTE sells its devices all over the world, but not all of them. We will have to wait and see if they plan to release the device globally. If you happen to live in China, now is the time to grab it. Since it appeared on JD.com, nearly 300,000 people have preordered it.