ZTE USA Launch of the Quartz Smartwatch

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ZTE USA Expands into Smart, Connected Wearables with the Quartz Smartwatch Arriving Exclusively on T-Mobile

The ZTE Quartz smartwatch blends form and function for under $200

Richardson, Texas — April 10, 2017 — ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the US and second largest in the no-contract market*, today announced its first wearable device in the US - the ZTE Quartz connected smartwatch. Available exclusively at T-Mobile, the ZTE Quartz brings consumers the benefits of an always connected experience with cellular, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. Available on TMobile.com beginning Friday, April 14 and in select T-Mobile stores beginning Friday, April 21 for $192, the ZTE Quartz evokes a bold design and smart experience at an unbeatable price.

Powered by Google Android Wear 2.0 and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 platform, the ZTE Quartz smartwatch offers users the ability to connect to what matters, virtually wherever and whenever. Consumers can make calls, send and receive texts, share on social media, get directions, stream music, and so much more without always having to carry their smartphone.

“The launch of the ZTE Quartz smartwatch officially marks ZTE USA’s entry into the exciting wearable space,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “We are known to push the boundaries of affordable premium smartphones. With this smartwatch, we are expanding our reach into the wearables segment and offering our consumers a rich, connected smartwatch experience while maintaining our affordability value proposition.”

ZTE Quartz smartwatch highlights include:

  • Affordability for All: For under $200, consumers now have access to the latest technology packed into a functional and stylish smartwatch.
  • Connectivity: You can make calls, text and stay connected virtually anywhere, all from your watch utilizing T-Mobile’s network.
  • Long Battery Life: Fitted with a large 500mAH battery, the Quartz allows consumers to enjoy the smartwatch anytime without having to worry about running out of battery.
  • Customization at Your Fingers: With interchangeable wrist bands and customizable watch faces, consumers can proudly wear the smartwatch whether they are dressing up or dressing down.
  • IP67 Rated: Protection from water and dust gives you greater peace of mind in knowing the ZTE Quartz is safe in almost any situation.
  • Crisp Display: The 1.4” AMOLED display, along with Gorilla Glass 3, delivers a vivid viewing experience no matter where you are.
  • Flexibility: The smartwatch can be used as a companion to your smartphone or as a standalone wearable device with the ability to make calls right from your wrist.
  • Android Wear 2.0: Google’s newest Android Wear OS comes standard on the ZTE Quartz with the most up-to-date notifications, range of watch faces and applications, and Google Assistant features.
  • Snapdragon Wear 2100: The smartwatch takes advantage of Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform which is designed specifically to meet the demanding size and battery life requirements of a compact smartwatch while delivering a smart, super-responsive, and virtually always-connected experience.

For a full list of phone specifications and features visit https://www.t-mobile.com/internet-device/zte-quartz

*Strategy Analytics, Q4 2016


  • jasonscarterjasonscarter United StatesPosts: 1,961 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Whoot whoot!  Didn't expect to hear about the IP67 rating.  No official pricing, but being under $200, this should compete with a lot of the other devices around this price point like the Fitbit Blazes, etc.

  • saeedtedsaeedted United StatesPosts: 1,219 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    If the watch has NFC for Androidpay then it will be a serious contender. I would to be able to go for a run without the phone and be able to still pay for stuff along the way. Otherwise, it's up to T-mobile to make the device enticing with their service.

  • jasonscarterjasonscarter United StatesPosts: 1,961 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    No NFC at this price point.  But it does have a pretty good sized battery.  Android Central is reporting up to 36 hours of use, which is more than some of the other Android Wear 2.0 devices.  But that can also be contributed to lack of NFC, HR monitoring and using 3G vs LTE.

  • musicdjmmusicdjm United StatesPosts: 3,126 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The huge battery and Android wear is a major plus and the 768 ram and the 400 x 400 resolution should be really nice. I think for the price its pretty decent, the lack of LTE doesn't really matter much its not like your surfing the web on your watch lol for calls and text 3g works fine and the lighter battery usage is worth it. As for the HR sensors found on watches and phones they are pretty useless as well, they are not very accurate and any doctor will tell you they dont care what your device says for data as its not an actual medical HR sensor its just there to give you a general idea of you stats The big one though is the missing NFC I think that is kind of silly to leave out

  • I agree really wish they pushed it and made it have NFC. Darn.

  • jasonscarterjasonscarter United StatesPosts: 1,961 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    NFC would have been nice, but I kind of get where they are coming from.  It's their first Android 2.0 watch, and the Android smartwatch market is still a really niche market.  They wanted to hit a certain price point with the device.  I still may pick one up since it's so cheap to hold me over until something better comes along in the market that appeals to me.  Who knows, if this product does really well, they may be a Quartz Pro/Quartz 2 version later with more features.

  • saeedtedsaeedted United StatesPosts: 1,219 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    How come no one has made a **** Tracy-esque  smartwatch where you can see the caller in a video chat or is that already possible? I understand that it may not be possible to put a camera in the watch but you can still make good use of that mic. Otherwise I'm using a bluetooth mic and speaker to talk with the watch.

  • kadkad Newport, NcPosts: 3

    This is great I can't wait this is a great smartwatch for those who dont really want to pay the price something like the gear s3 or others but the specs are very high in terms of processor and others plus the ip67 rating is perfect for outdoorpeople

  • I'm into it! If I didn't already have my Huawei Watch, I'd definitely be picking one of these up. Hopefully the next iteration will have Android Pay support.

  • jabird101jabird101 Cleveland, OH, USAPosts: 225 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like how it censored "Richard" out of "Richard" Tracy

  • saeedtedsaeedted United StatesPosts: 1,219 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    It gets me everytime! My previous attempt was "Richard" Cheney.

  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice to see ZTE release an Android Wear watch.
    For those buying their first smartwatch, this one is probably a really good choice as an entry level model.
    I don't know if there are any Android Wear 2 capable watches for under $200.

    Since I already own a nice smartwatch, I wouldn't mind having another at a lower price point.
    I will be watching to see if there will be a great deal on the Quartz at some point.

  • runtohell121runtohell121 Analyst United StatesPosts: 2,262 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice to see a smartwatch from ZTE in the US market

  • mobilegeezermobilegeezer Chattanooga, Tennessee AreaPosts: 1,204 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    So far, the only Android Wear watches I own are 1st gen 360 and Zenwatch. Really excited to get my hands on this one.

    Congrats, ZTE.

  • coldheat06coldheat06 United StatesPosts: 1,795 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Great Price for a Great Watch!!!! 

  • anthonygaddisanthonygaddis West Monroe, LouisianaPosts: 70

    Any possible chance it being sold by ZTE and not TMobile in the future?

  • jasonscarterjasonscarter United StatesPosts: 1,961 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Carrier specific device.  You can still use it if you don't' have T-Mobile, but no data.

  • austin45austin45 United StatesPosts: 209 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the IP67 rating!

  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a really great feature.

  • dnewman007dnewman007 United StatesPosts: 3,663 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice smartwatch and great​ specs for the price.

  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Today I tried going into my T-mobile account and adding a new line for a wearable device.
    The monthly price they want is $15 and it includes unlimited talk +text +500MB of data.
    When I went to the page for devices to purchase, they only offer ONE device, and that's the "Samsung Gear S3 frontier".
    They want $16/month for 24 months, or $399. Both have an upcharge of $25 for the SIM starter kit.
    So the ZTE Quartz is not available yet. I hope they don't try to charge extra for the SIM on Quartz since it's already built into the watch IIRC.

  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


    ZTE's first Android Wear watch is also one of the cheapest

    Android Wear 2.0's release has been delayed multiple times, and aside from a few watches that have just hit the market, there aren't many affordable ways to get Google's latest wearable OS right now. The good news is, a new option arrives in about two weeks via ZTE, which is making its first-ever Android Wear watch. It's called the Quartz, and it will be available on April 21 via T-Mobile for just $200. You can also get it online starting April 14th.


  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


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    I would have loved to see this with NFC, even if it meant replacing 3G with NFC. This seems a bit like a more manly version of the LG Watch Style plus 3G.

  • saeedtedsaeedted United StatesPosts: 1,219 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Those are silly tariffs for a smartwatch imo. I would be happy with 100

    mins and texts, I would ask for a little more data cuz I will try and

    stream music.

  • jasonscarterjasonscarter United StatesPosts: 1,961 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like the online system won't let you order a smartwatch without adding a plan (tried it with the Samsung Gear S3 just to see what happens).  I hope I can walk into a T-Mobile store and just buy one outright without a plan so I can try it out, but I am sure T-Mobile won't be interested in doing that since they won't be gaining any new customers.

  • jasonejasone United StatesPosts: 2,118 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    That would really suck if you can't order it without a plan because it's really not needed.

  • keithisreal2013keithisreal2013 Austin, TexasPosts: 182 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    This watch has promise for sure. I'll look to get this as it will be my first Android Wear device.

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