China – Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) Corporation is a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company which is the world’s fourth-largest mobile phone manufacturer. The company has made several Android smartphones and tablets. While the company mainly sells products under the ZTE brand, it is also an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The company has launched a website where people can submit their ideas and vote on those of others.
Initial proposals have included a solar-panel case, a second screen that can rotate 360 degrees, and a modular design to connect with keyboards and games controllers. ZTE has promised to release the “crowd-sourced” phone in 2017. One user believes the phone should include a “desktop mode” that turns it into a rudimentary PC, while another says ZTE should build a phone dedicated entirely to Pokemon Go.
“Of course, there are always rules and restrictions to any competition. The most important thing is that the product that we end up building follows ZTE’s mission,” said Jeff Yee, vice-president of technology planning at ZTE.