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ZTE releases S30 5G, S30 Pro, S30 SE 5G, Watch GT, and LiveBuds SE

With the latest S30 series, ZTE has launched a trio of 5G mid-range devices, a smartwatch, and their own TWS earbuds.
S30 Pro

ZTE's 5G trio!

ZTE S30 Pro

The main phone among the three is the ZTE S30 Pro which has a punch-hole camera design placed at the center. It has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 20:9 1080p resolution, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and 144Hz refresh rate. The screen also supports HDR10+, 100 percent coverage of the DCI-3 color gamut, peak brightness of 800 nits, and an  In-Display fingerprint sensor.

The phone is powered by a 7nm Snapdragon 768G SoC partnered with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The OS's "memory fusion" tech gives a virtual 3GB to the available RAM. Its battery has 4,200mAh and supports charging of up to 55W fast charger.

For the camera department, it boasts a quad-cam setup at the back with 64MP as its main sensor which can shoot video at 4K 60fps. The 8MP will be for ultrawide shooting with up to 120 degrees wide-angle support. It also has a 2MP macro sensor that supports 4cm focus distance and 2MP for depth lens.

In front, the phone boasts a 44MP sensor which could be useful for vlogging and selfies. 

Other features include a heat pipe for keeping the phone's chipset cool. It also supports a 5G connection and ZTE made sure to arrange the antennas to get an optimal reception in any orientation.



Moving forward to S30 pro's sibling, the ZTE S30 is identical with the exception of a lower price tag and toned down a little bit for its specs.

The phone's display has a 6.67-inch LCD screen with the same 20:9 aspect ratio, a 90Hz refresh rate that is still a good offer for a smoother display experience, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate for a better response on the touch screen. The screen also has good color rendering that is 95 percent NTSC.

This time the S30 is powered by 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 720 chipset partnered with 8GB of RAM and the storage reduced to half as it gets 128GB. For the battery, it has 4,000mAh charging at 30W which we think is still enough juice to last you a day, and decent fast charging which you would normally see in a mid-range device.

The rear camera is almost similar to the Pro version. The 64MP is for the main sensor, followed by an 8MP ultrawide sensor. 2MP for macro and 2MP for depth camera. The only significant change is that the video recording can only do 4K limited to 30 frames per second. The selfie shooter is demoted to 16MP, but with an interesting feature of auto-generated subtitles.

The other features are that it still has a heat pipe that keeps the phone cool, a 5G support with its antenna similarly arrange to the pro for different orientations.



Now the ZTE S30 SE is a basic 5G device. It gets the same display of 6.67-inch LCD screen and 1080p resolution in a 20:9 aspect ratio. The difference on this one among its siblings, the screen won't be having a high refresh rate. At least ZTE still kept the same color rendering of 95 percent NTSC.

For the chipset, it will be powered by 7nm Mediatek Dimensity 700. The performance of this SoC is closer to the 720 so it will definitely perform just fine. The RAM of the SE will be toned down to 6GB, while the storage will be 128GB.

Among its sibling the S30 SE has the better battery, the phone offers a 6,000mAh battery, though it will be longer to charge as it only supports of USB-C 18W power adapter. At least it also offers reverse charging support that will let users share its battery with other devices. 

Its sensor department also toned down as well, It only gets a triple camera where the main cameras only have 48MP and can only capture 1080p videos. Anyway, this is what most devices support nowadays so it still fine. There's 5MP for a macro lens and a 2MP for depth shooter. The selfie camera gets an 8MP sensor.

The phone supports 5G connectivity, a fingerprint scanner on the side, a USB-C port, and good news a 3.5mm jack is also included.

ZTE Watch GT

ZTE Watch GT
ZTE Watch GT

Alongside the 5G trio, ZTE also has unveiled their very own version of the smartwatch in the form of ZTE Watch GT.

The smartwatch gets a traditional round watch casing, the screen will be a 1.39-inch AMOLED screen. Its lightweight aluminum alloy build has made the Watch GT only weigh 30 grams.

The features of the watch GT will be the ability to track your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep, and stress. ZTE also added a GPS onboard and 5ATM waterproofing for the user's swimming needs. Also, in one of the 16 sports modes supported, ZTE put a football mode where the smartwatch track positions the user is playing in real-time on the field. There's also a heat map for the user's most active areas on the pitch.

Other features are notification management, remote photo capture, control for music, and a lot of watch faces for customization. ZTE claimed that the smartwatch will have 15 days of battery life on normal usage and can be used up to 23 days in power-saving mode.

ZTE LiveBuds SE

ZTE LiveBuds SE
ZTE LiveBuds SE

Moving to the TWS of ZTE, the LiveBuds SE sports an in-ear design with long stems. The earphones will have noise reduction for calls and up to one week of battery life.

The lightweight design is paired up with an IPX4 rating that can protect the earphones against minimal splashes and sweat.

The TWS will come in either Black or White colors and will feature an oval charging case.

China price with direct to PHP conversion (no taxes and duties yet):

ZTE S30 SE 5G - CNY 1,700 (around PHP 12K)
ZTE S30 5G 8GB/128GB - CNY 2,200 (around PHP 16K)
ZTE S30 5G 8GB/256GB - CNY 2,400 (around PHP 17K)
ZTE S30 Pro - CNY 3,000 (around PHP 22K)
ZTE Watch GT - CNY 599 (around PHP 4K)
ZTE LiveBuds SE - CNY (around PHP 1.1K)

The ZTE mobile devices will be available from April 3 in China. There's no word about their international release date yet.

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