The ZTE Star 2 is a little expensive at $400, but its USP is system-level voice control

ZTE made headlines when it launched the now-popular Nubia Z7 series of smartphones. The three devices from the Z7 series come with high-end specs, and are more or less affordable considering what they have on offer. ZTE today announced the Star 2 smartphone, which comes with a good specs set as well, but doesn’t look like much of a VFM prospect.

The Star 2 is announced with a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 SoC and 2GB of RAM. We’ve seen many smartphones do the same, and often cost about US$300, or even lesser at times. The Star 2, however, comes in with¬†a not-so-pretty price tag of US$400. However, there’s more to the Star 2 than meets the eye, according to the makers. The phone comes with ‘system-level voice control’, which makes the phone operable even when it isn’t connected to the internet. According to ZTE, the device has a response rate of 1.2 seconds, with a success rate of 90%. ZTE also claims that it took more than a thousand patents to get to the final product; 158 of which have to do with voice control.

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Other than that, we’re looking at the usual suspects for what one would call a mid-range 2014 phone. There’s a 13 mega-pixel rear camera on the Star 2, supported by a 5 mega-pixel front camera to take care of your photography and video calling. Besides that, the Star 2 has a 2300mAh battery, and runs on Android v4.4 KitKat. Dual SIM fans are out of luck with this phone, because it supports only a single micro SIM. It however offers 4G LTE support.

With an asking price of US$400 (2499 CNY), does the Star 2 sound like a phone you would want to have?

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  1. Hellvetta
    December 19, 2014

    Wow, voice control! I was waiting for that feature for a long-long time. Finally it comes true. Incredible! But I don’t need something ringing for that price. Can I buy the voice control only?

  2. David KoŇ°ińć
    December 19, 2014

    I feel that for that extra 100$ they could have included the extra gig of ram and maybe even 805 chip.

  3. Simion Florin
    December 19, 2014

    2300 mAh battery, NO, NO, NO! This phone is worth max 200$.

    • thesniper321
      December 19, 2014

      YES!!! ….. YES!!!!

    • Airyl
      December 20, 2014

      Really? Just because the battery is rather small doesn’t make it worth so little. Around $350 is more like it.

  4. roni24
    December 19, 2014

    Dolby sound- great, Gps- great, cpu- Snapdragon 801 and ram-2GB, great, dual led-great,
    voice control- not more then nice,
    battery- must be at least 3,000
    price too much- not more then 250$, because of the old cpu.

    • Airyl
      December 20, 2014

      Snapdragon 801 is OLD to you? Really? You seriously expect too much.

  5. MaxPower
    December 19, 2014

    What’s wrong with zte? 2300 mAH battery? I hope it’s at least removable

  6. lolwhat
    December 20, 2014

    What a dreadful build quality

    • Airyl
      December 20, 2014

      You can’t judge build quality without using the product first.