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Project CSX has always been about going against the norm and trying something different. But above all, it’s been about listening to you, the consumer. Based on the feedback we’ve received on both Kickstarter and our own Z-Community forum, we’ve decided to phase out this campaign; however, this doesn’t mean the project is over. We are reevaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking feature with self adhesive backing – and it will be implemented based on your feedback.


So, what’s next?


Funding and collaboration - Thank you to everyone who pledged and backed this project so far. Please know that pledges will be voided and your pledged amount will be refunded. While we will be able to continue to use the Kickstarter page as a means to communicate about Hawkeye, I’d urge you to participate on this forum as this hosts the largest community collaborating on Project CSX/Hawkeye.


Better specs - You requested that the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking, self adhesive phone – be implemented on a higher spec’d device than what we initially proposed through Kickstarter. We’ve heard you loud and clear as we are reevaluating the device features that are implemented in to the device.


Product timeline - Based on your feedback we have determined it is best to push back the date of the release in order to deliver a higher spec’d device. While we are still finalizing the new date, we will continue providing updates and collaborate with the community throughout the entire process.


All of your support, perspectives and suggestions are what has driven Hawkeye so far, and for that we are grateful. We will continue to push the boundaries, think outside the box, and pave new paths to ultimately deliver a device that you want, all while continuing to listen and explore with you every step of the way.


Project update

Posted by jyee Employee Feb 3, 2017

Thank you to all those who have backed this project so far and to those who have provided feedback on what you are looking for within the Hawkeye device. Based on your feedback we’ve identified three categories you’d specifically like to see improved – chipset, battery and OS - and are using a poll to further define them so we can better meet your expectations. 


Overall, we want to let you know that we are listening to you.  The amount of feedback and collaboration we’ve directly had with consumers around the world on Project CSX/Hawkeye has truly been astounding. We will continue to keep you updated throughout the process as we look to bring this project to life.


We acknowledge our mistake...

Posted by jyee Employee Jan 20, 2017

Project CSX has been about transparency from the very beginning.  ZTE shares our goals with you and Z-Community, and in return, this community has been very generous to share its thoughts and ideas for the next great mobile device.  Through this process, we discovered a great solution that many of you voted upon - to build a truly hands-free experience using eye-tracking to enable scrolling and an adhesive back to stick the phone to any surface.


During the concept phase of Project CSX, there were many submissions for flagship phones with detailed specs such as using the next Snapdragon processor or using Stock Android.  These all received high votes, but when the Eye-Tracking, Sticky phone went on to win Project CSX, we lost sight of what many of you submitted and voted upon as competing submissions.  We wanted the Project CSX phone (with the hands-free feature) to reach the masses around the world, which meant mid-range specs for a mid-range price that most users could afford.  Note that this was entirely within the spirit of this project - we thought that we would be delivering the great concept that all of you voted on to as many people as possible.


After posting the project on Kickstarter and then releasing the detailed specifications of Hawkeye, we realize that our decision to introduce the CSX hands-free features on a mid-range device may not have met the expectations of those that backed this project and those that are early adopters and discovering Project CSX through Kickstarter.  It was our mistake.


Our dilemma now is that an exclusive, introductory price has already been set on Kickstarter at $199.  Specs can change, but the price cannot be changed.  So, we're once again asking for your help.  If you had to choose one or two things to improve the specs of the Hawkeye phone to make it more attractive, what would it be?  Before you answer that question, remember that asking for every potential flagship feature is cost prohibitive now that price is set, so let's try to focus truly on the things that all of you care the most about.  Thank you once again for your time and energy to help this project succeed.


Take the Poll:

If I could change one thing about the Hawkeye phone....


Specs, Materials and Colors

Posted by jyee Employee Jan 17, 2017

Since we launched the Project CSX phone (Hawkeye) on Kickstarter, we received a lot of feedback from all of you that detailed specifications (specs) were necessary to make a decision to back the campaign.  We heard feedback from many of you on specs, in particular about LTE bands.  These bands are one area that we are still gathering feedback and making decisions, but we've locked down on other specs to help you make a decision.


Hawkeye Specifications

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • OS: Android Nougat (OTA update support)
  • Display: 5.5" FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Camera (Rear): Dual Lens 13MP + 12MP with optical zoom
  • Camera (Front): 8MP
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM (expandable with additional 256GB)
  • SIM: Dual SIM slot (additional slot may be used with MicroSD for storage)
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • WIFI: 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz • BT4.2 / HFP1.6
  • Other Features: Fingerprint sensor, Hi-Fi audio, NFC, USB Type C, Quick Charge 2.0, GPS, Gorilla Glass
  • Network Bands
    • GSM: 850/1900/900/1800
    • UMTS/HSPA: 850/1900/AWS/2100
    • LTE*: B2/B4/B5/B7/B12/B13/B66  CAT6

     * LTE bands are still being considered.  The bands listed in the specifications are locked and additional bands being considered based on consumer feedback.




This is a crowdsourced phone, so like other aspects of this unique device, the final color choices come from all of you.  Vote now to determine the color options. Note that the unique color design by Team One Technology is included in the adhesive case.


Color Poll:



Material (Finish)

Similar to the color poll, you have an opportunity to vote upon and select the material finish of the phone.


Material Poll:


Hawkeye Specs

Posted by jyee Employee Jan 11, 2017

Many of you have asked for more detailed specs on the Hawkeye phone for Project CSX.  Just a quick update that we are working on it this week and plan to release more information next week that will help to address some of the questions and assist in the decision to support the Kickstarter campaign.  Also next week, we'll begin a poll that allows this community to help select the final colors and materials that will be used for Hawkeye.  More to come soon...


Hawkeye Phone

Posted by jyee Employee Jan 4, 2017

We're here at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) today, announcing the name of the Project CSX phone and showing off an early prototype.  We've also announced the ability to pre-order the phone which is expected to be available in September 2017.



Brand Phase Winner


Congratulations to tashrifm (Tashrif Mahmud) who is the winner of the brand phase of Project CSX.  Tashrif provided the suggestion to name the eye-tracking, adhesive phone as Hawkeye, and we believe this is an appropriate name.  There were great suggestions from many of you - 540 names in total - but in the end we can only have one name for this phone.


The final selection had to consider trademarks and rights on a global basis, including appropriateness of a brand name in different languages and cultures around the world.  As a result, there turns out to be many suggestions (and ones that I personally liked) that had to be ruled out.  I suspect the author of Eye-Phone probably knew this when it was submitted, as it closely resembles a phone made by a company named after a fruit, but we enjoyed reading it anyway.  Now, we feel confident that we have a good name for a product that matches the phone's features and allows ZTE to distribute it around the world -Hawkeye.


Pre-Order the Hawkeye Phone


In the spirit of Project CSX being crowd-sourced from start to finish, we have chosen to begin pre-orders on the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter.  The phone is not expected to be available until September 2017, but early adopters get the benefit of an exclusive price and receiving the device before it's made available to the general public.  It's also an opportunity to see early specifications and designs of the phone.  To pre-order a phone or help contribute to the project, go to:


Pre-Order at -



What's next?  Your input and contribution will continue throughout the development.  Shortly, expect a round of voting for colors and material finish to use on the phone.  As with each phase of the project, it's consumers (you) that decide what ZTE builds.  More on this coming in early 2017.  Later, we'll get to the software experience and beta testing.  There will be lots of opportunities between now and when the phone ships to participate in Project CSX.  Thanks to all of you for your ideas and contributions.

Project CSX, the crowd-source initiative to define the next great mobile device, is now accepting ideas for product names.


What do you think is the best name for a phone that tracks your eye movement, automatically scrolls pages and text, and can be mounted against a wall or flat surface with self-adhesive materials for a truly hands-free experience?  This is precisely the winning device requested by consumers around the world for ZTE to build in 2017, but it currently lacks a name.  That's where you can help.  As a part of the next phase of Project CSX, you have an opportunity to name the phone.  What would you call it?




  • Prize

Final Product Name - $250 gift card

  • Timeline

Product names may be submitted between November 28, 2016 and December 5, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.

The winner and final product name will be announced at the Consumer Electronic Show 2017.

  • Rules
  1. Ideas for product names must be submitted to ZTE using the Project CSX web site at
  2. Product name ideas must be unique.  Duplicate entries will be disqualified.  The original author of a unique product name is determined by the timestamp of the submission.
  3. Product names must not violate trademarks or other copyright laws. ZTE reserves the right to disqualify names.
  4. ZTE will select the winning product name from the top five product name submissions, based on votes from the Project CSX web site.If any of the top five product name submissions are disqualified for trademark or other violations, then it will be substituted with the product name submission with the next highest vote.
  • Terms and conditions

The “Project CSX, Crowd Sourced Devices” Product Naming Competition - Official Rules


You must have a registered Z-Community account to enter. Go to registration to create a Z-Community account.

Project CSX - Winner

It has been an incredible journey reading through 400 submissions for Project CSX, countless comments from the community giving feedback on these ideas, and a finale in which consumers from around the world - 176 countries to be exact - voted on the device that ZTE will build in 2017.  ZTE has learned a lot throughout this entire process and we hope that all of you have too.  It's truly a global effort and we enjoyed receiving feedback and votes from all of you.  Selecting a device is just the first step in crowd-sourcing something new, so look for additional ways to participate as we enter the next phase of CSX.


For now, we're proud to announce the grand prize winner of Project CSX...


Team One Technology - Eye-Tracking Phone


Team One Technology's submission for a phone with eye-tracking technology that allows a hands-free experience is the winner after receiving the greatest amount of votes across the polls conducted by ZTE.  As a reminder, the voting for the CSX finale was left up to all of you - consumers from around the world participated in the final voting. 


The Eye-Tracking phone is very innovative and the team did a terrific job explaining their idea, drafting the design and illustrating how a consumer would use the product.  Using eye-tracking, users don't need to use finger gestures to scroll.  But the team went beyond eye-tracking and thought of the complete user experience.  If it's hands-free, then the consumer should be able to position the device somewhere that he or she doesn't have to hold it.  Thus, the team created the concept of a self-adhesive backing that allows the phone to be mounted to a wall or flat surface.  Further, if it's mounted on a surface that is susceptible to others that might look at the phone, the team solved the issue with a split screen technology that ensures that the owner of the phone sees the intended content - a great security feature.  Kudos to Team One Technology for thinking about the complete user experience.


Further details of their concept can be found here:

NEW: Self-Adhesive Smartphone with Optimized User Interface via Eye Tracking System and Split Screen Technology




Please join me in congratulating Team One Technology! We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show.


Dr. Hassan Al-Khalidy: Team leader - Dentist/ Biomaterials/ Handhelds Designer

Arshad Al-Kaabi: Dental Technologist/ Biomaterials/ Physical Scientist Researcher

Manar Noori: Mechanical Engineer/ Program Researcher.

Ali Malik: Computer and Mobile Handhelds Expert/ Sales Manager

Just a reminder that we're down to the final few hours of voting on Project CSX, the crowd-source device where you can determine what ZTE builds in 2017.  Voting ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time.  Go to if you have not already cast your vote.


The results will be posted sometime on Thursday, October 20.  As a reminder, there are a few different polls that need to be consolidated as we have a couple of Facebook voting widgets in addition to the voting widget at  They will be tallied and then posted here in the CSX space.


Vote at

Posted by jyee Employee Oct 12, 2016

Project CSX: The final round of voting by consumers around the world is now underway.  To vote on the crowd-source device that ZTE will build in 2017, go to   


Concepts are now locked

Posted by jyee Employee Oct 10, 2016

All of the concepts are now locked down and no changes are allowed during the judging period.  I know many of you are eagerly awaiting to see the final five that will be posted for the finale, so please stay tuned.  We will post everything on Wednesday, October 12.  We're excited to see what happens next with Project CSX!


Project CSX Voting Rounds

Posted by jyee Employee Sep 30, 2016

I've truly enjoyed reading each one of the ideas that have been submitted for Project CSX.  Now, it's time to narrow the list and select which creative concept ZTE will  manufacture and bring to market.  So, I'd like to explain the voting process in more detail:


October 1 - 10th (Concept Voting Round)

  • The ZTE community (all of you) will cast your votes for your favorite concepts.
  • To vote, you must be registered for Z-Community.  Then, cast an up-vote if you like the concept.  You may vote for more than one entry.


October 11th

  • The Top 20 concepts (based on accumulated votes) will be reviewed by a panel of media and ZTE judges.  The judges use the criteria: # of votes (40%), creativity (30%) and adherence to rules (30%).
  • One concept (three total) is chosen from each of these categories from phase one: 1) Self-adhesive phone with eye-tracking, 2) VR diving mask, and 3) Powerglove.
  • Two additional wildcard entries are chosen.  Thus, there will be a total of five concepts to move to the finale.


October 12 - 19th (Finale)

  • Five finalists will be posted to ZTE's social channels and web sites for the grand prize, finale voting, in which there will be one winner for Project CSX.
  • Consumers around the world will be able to choose only one concept to vote for (multiple choice out of five concepts).
  • At the end of this voting period, the concept with the highest number of votes from worldwide consumers will be the winner of Project CSX and the device that ZTE will build for 2017.


* Note that votes from the Concept Voting Round do not carry forward into the finale (Grand Prize). On Oct 12, all votes are reset to zero for the finale. In fact, a different system will be used as the finale voting will occur on various web sites - to be announced later.

With Phase 1 of CSX behind us, the larger stakes are ahead - with $1,500 awarded to five new winners. As highlighted in the phase 2 concept instructions, the easiest option to win $1,500 is simply create a detailed concept of the three finalist ideas:

  1. Self-Adhesive Smartphone with Optimized User Interface via Eye Tracking System and Split Screen Technology
  2. Powerglove (Android application control of hands)
  3. VR – Interactive diving mask


It's really that simple. Pick the idea that you resonate with the most, and then create concept drawings and descriptions of the desired finished product you want to see. Be sure to complete the additional four questions outlined in the submission to wrap up your entry.


If you don't relate to these three ideas, you can also quality to win $1,500 towards the remaining two winner spots - but you will now need to complete both phase 1 & 2 questions to have a complete entry. This is more work, but allows you flexibility in case you weren't able to submit in phase 1 or have a new idea/concept this month.


There is less than two weeks to submit, so think fast! If you have any questions about participating, hit the reply/comment button below!

Congratulations to the three winners from Phase 1.  Now, we’re onto Phase 2 (Concept & Design Phase) of CSX.  You may choose to build from one of the 3 Big Ideas from the first phase. Or, you may build your concept on a new idea (not previously voted upon), but choosing this route requires answering more questions (see Wildcard rules below). When you’re ready, use this Submit Your Concept link (top left panel of CSX page) to submit your concept.


Option 1) Design from one of the Top 3 Big Ideas

Select one of these ideas to build your design concepts, then skip to Concept Submission (below)

  1. Self-Adhesive Smartphone with Optimized User Interface via Eye Tracking System and Split Screen Technology
  2. Powerglove (Android application control of hands)
  3. VR – Interactive diving mask


Option 2) Design a Wildcard Idea + Concept

If you elect to build a concept on a new idea, not choosing from one of the Top 3 Big Ideas above, please follow these instructions. If you are building on one of the above, you may skip this section. Because the idea will be voted upon along with the detailed product concept, you must answer four additional questions.  These questions will not appear in the form so you will need to copy them into the description field to answer. Please answer these and then proceed to the next section (Concept Submission) for the remaining tasks.


  1. What product should be built?
  2. What purpose does the product serve?
  3. Why will a consumer buy it?
  4. How is it different?


Concept Submission

In addition to a good title and description of the concept, please answer the four following questions.  Please insert product concept images (e.g. design sketches, CAD drawings, user interface design) as appropriate to convey your concept to users and engineers who will build the product.


  1. How will the product be built?
  2. What is the product design?
  3. What is the user interface?
  4. What variations should it have?


Good luck!  We can’t wait to see what you design.


Voting Instructions

Posted by jyee Employee Sep 1, 2016

Thanks for joining us for Project CSX, the global initiative to crowd-source a device from start to finish. We're in the idea phase of the project, submissions are now closed and it's time for the first round of voting. What does it mean first round of voting? How do you vote? That's what I'm here to help answer.


How to Vote:

  1. Login or Register first if you are not logged in (see top right of this page for links)
  2. Go to the CSX home page and find the best ideas.
  3. You may vote on many ideas. You're not limited. Would you use the product? If so, then give it a vote. If not, then skip it.
  4. Only UP-votes are enabled in the voting phase. You will not be able to vote an idea down.


What Does Your Vote Mean?

  • At this stage, your vote helps to narrow hundreds of submissions down to the top 20 ideas.
  • A pool of judges internal and external to ZTE review the top 20 ideas and using weighting criteria based on 1) votes, 2) creativity and 3) adherence to rules to determine the final three ideas. Please see our rules page for more details.
  • The three winners will be announced on September 12.  Then, we move onto the Concept phase for even more fun!


Why is it not 100% based on votes from the community?

During the Idea and Concept voting phases, our judging panel helps to validate that ideas and final product concepts match the program rules and that the final ideas are unique. This only happens during the initial voting rounds as it gives ZTE a chance to ensure that it meets the objectives of CSX and can be manufactured.  However, the final round of voting (Grand Prize) is determined 100% by the votes that you cast. No judges. The top product voted on by all of you, around the world, is what ZTE will build.


Thanks for being a part of this exciting project!