ZTE Quartz: News and Rumors

Here's what ZTE's first-ever Android Wear smartwatch -- the Quartz -- may look like

Cricket Wireless
Kārlis Dambrāns/123rf
With Android Wear 2.0 out now, more and more manufacturers are announcing smartwatches for Google’s revamped operating system. ZTE is reportedly jumping on the bandwagon with its first-ever smartwatch running Android Wear, which may be unveiled within a few months.

According to a report from VentureBeat written by well-known leaker Evan Blass, the new ZTE watch will be called the ZTE Quartz, and it was recently spotted getting its Bluetooth certification with the model number ZW10. The news isn’t all that surprising — we heard in January that ZTE would launch a smartwatch this year from ZTE USA CEO Lixin Cheng.

Design

So what will the new watch look like? We got our first idea of the Quartz’s design back in February, when VentureBeat revealed an image from promotional materials. It showed a device that could be mistaken for a classy-looking non-smartwatch, and thanks to Android Police, we now have photos of what looks to be the real thing.

As we can infer in these pictures, the Quartz sports a metal body with a black, textured band. There’s a small button visible on the right side of the watch, and it doesn’t appear to be a rotating dial. The charging cradle looks as though it’s of the standard, four-pin variety. We can’t verify the authenticity of the photo.

Specs

The Quartz could offer a little more functionality than most other smartwatches — according to Bluetooth SIG, the device will offer 3G cellular connectivity to complement Wi-Fi, meaning that it won’t necessarily need to be connected to your smartphone all the time to get things like notifications.

The images supplied by Android Police show the device running Android Wear 2.0, the updated version of Android Wear that launched in February. That same report alleges the Quartz lacks NFC, as well as heart-rate monitoring, which would make it akin to the LG Watch Style. Otherwise, we still don’t really know all that much else about the hardware powering the upcoming watch.

This isn’t ZTE’s first attempt at a smartwatch — just its first attempt at one running Android Wear. At MWC 2016, the company showed off the Venus 1 and Venus 2 smartwatches, but those were mainly fitness trackers that didn’t offer a fully fledged operating system.

As VentureBeat notes, ZTE actually already has a device called the Quartz — a 5.5-inch smartphone with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean launched in 2015.

This article was originally published on 02-07-2017 by Christian de Looper. Updated on 03-20-2017 by Adam Ismail: Added leaked image of the ZTE Quartz.

Product Review

Diesel On Full Guard 2.5 watch has killer looks but deadly battery life

Diesel’s no-holds-barred watch designs are awesome, so we hold its new smartwatch to a similarly high standard. While Diesel holds its end of the deal up, the On Full Guard 2.5 is let down by the battery and Wear OS.
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for June 2019

Smartwatches make life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. If you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, here are the best smartwatch deals for June 2019.
Wearables

Looking to get into shape? Snag one of these excellent fitness trackers

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Deals

Amazon cuts price on the Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch by a whopping 40%

In the market for a fashionable and powerful smartwatch that fits your active lifestyle? You're in luck, as Amazon is currently offering the Samsung Gear Sport at a massive 40% discount.
Deals

Fitbit Versa and Samsung Gear fitness smartwatches get big Amazon price cuts

Some of the best options can get pretty pricey, but with smartwatch discounts on the Fitbit Versa and Samsung Gear Sport, they are really quite affordable right now. You can save up to $125 on a new fitness watch.
Outdoors

The best smart helmets are full of cool tech, and totally worth the messy hair

Helmets might be a haircut's worst nightmare, but they're constantly evolving, and have undergone a 21st-century makeover. No matter your sport, here are the best smart helmets currently on the market.
Product Review

The Bose Frames stuff speakers into sunglasses for a brilliant set of shades

With the Frames, Bose is digging up fertile new ground in the somewhat stagnant audio genre. But can these audio sunglasses offer enough versatility to make them worth their $200 price tag?
Deals

The renewed Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch drops under $180 on Amazon

Samsung makes some of the best Android phones, so it’s no shock that this tech giant also offers superb Wear OS smartwatches. If you’re willing to buy renewed, then one of our favorites, the Samsung Gear S3, can be yours at a huge…
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for June 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Wearables

Fossil is preparing 5 new designer smartwatches, and we can’t wait to see them

Five new designer smartwatches are coming soon from Fossil. Based on FCC listings, it suggests the watches will be released under the Diesel, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, and the Fossil brand names.
Wearables

The Best Prime Day smartwatch deals: What we expect from the Amazon event

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is right around the corner, and while there are likely to be deals on TVs, gaming consoles, and more, there will also likely be some great deals on smartwatches. Here's what we know about Amazon Prime Day 2019…
Deals

REI slashes prices on Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch performer bundles

Garmin makes some of the best fitness smartwatches, and if you haven’t jumped into the world of wearables yet, this is a great place to start: The Garmin Fenix 5 Performer Bundle is on sale from REI right now at a $171 discount.
Deals

Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS smartwatch gets price cut with a pre-Prime Day deal

Once known just for GPS, Garmin has become a big player in fitness-focused wearables. Just in time for beach body season, you can get the Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS fitness watch for just $421, down from its original $500.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Illuminated keyboards and a retro gaming console

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!