updated 09:54 pm EST, Thu January 3, 2013
P945 device leaked in pictures, likely 720p display
Images of an unannounced "phablet" device from ZTE have leaked to the Internet, signaling that the Chinese manufacturer is likely preparing to enter the large handset market alongside Huawei and segment leader Samsung. Currently, the device is only known as the P945, but it appears to sport a 5.7-inch display, placing it between the 5.5-inch display of Samsung's Galaxy Note and the 6.1-inch display of Huawei's Ascend Mate. Currently, the device is said to be scheduled only for release in the Chinese market.
The leak comes courtesy of Unwired View, which notes that ZTE already launched a 5-inch handset under its sub-brand Nuba. That handset featured a 1080p display, but the P945 is expected to have only a 720p resolution.
Inside, the P945 is thought to have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1MP front-facing camera. It should have a 3000mAh battery, and it is expected to run Android 4.0 or above.
The P945 will likely be marketed as a "budget phablet," and the leaked images show the device bearing China Mobile branding. It may launch on that carrier in the late first quarter or early second quarter of this year, but its potential availability in other markets is unclear.