ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market,* today revealed the ZTE Spro 2, the company’s next generation smart projector. Unlike any other smart projector, its touch screen interface utilizes Android and provides full access to the Google Play store. The Spro 2 streams media content via Google Play apps, micro SD card, USB stick or via HDMI cable or WiFi connections for devices such as game consoles or laptops. ZTE’s first smart projector was introduced at CES 2014 and, as the first of its kind, established the now popular smart projector product category.
“The Spro 2 is our next generation smart projector with an improved consumer experience that was updated based on consumer insights and product reviews,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO at ZTE USA. “The Spro 2 increases the practicality of purchasing a mobile projector, hotspot or media streaming device and we are excited to continue pioneering this category in 2015.”
The new Spro 2 is the first smart projector to feature auto focus and auto keystone. The projector has an excellent short throw ratio, a native resolution of 1280 x 720 and projects HD images up to 120-inches with a brightness of 200 lumens. As a mobile hotspot, the Spro 2 supports eight devices via 4G LTE networks.
A large 6300 mAh lithium ion battery provides approximately three hours of media streaming. With dimensions of only 5.1 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches the Spro 2 easily fits in a carry all bag, briefcase or backpack.
The Spro 2 is a mobile media streaming device that delivers a unique experience compared to any other product currently available. Imagine the ultimate go anywhere do anything mobile office; gaming wherever and whenever; impromptu outdoor movie nights; or a bedroom ceiling that becomes a second screen.
“The Spro 2 is the only mobile projector powered by the Android platform or to include a mobile hotspot,” said Jeff Yee, Vice President of Technology Planning and Partnerships at ZTE USA. “You can have an impactful presentation or entertainment experience on a big-screen without planning around a destination. Instead, it’s always with you, from the boardroom to the living room or even outdoors.”
Following the smart projector’s debut at CES 2014, it was made commercially available with Sprint in July as the Sprint LivePro. A no-contract version was later made available for purchase online as the ZTE Spro, a Wi-Fi-only version of ZTE’s original smart projector. The Spro 2 will be available with major US wireless carriers in early 2015.
*Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Market Share, Q3 2014