At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show ZTE introduced an Android device during CES that you could use both as a portable video projector and as a mobile hotspot. It launched in July as the ZTE LivePro.
Now ZTE is preparing to launch a new WiFi-only model. The ZTE SPRO is basically the same device, but without the hotspot feature. It’s available for pre-order for $400, and should hit the streets January 6th.
The SPRO features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (plus a microSD card slot and USB port), WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 4 inch WVGA display with a touch panel that allows you to interact with the projector controls.
Since the device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, you can stream content from Android apps. Load movies, PowerPoint files, or other content on a USB or microSD card, connect it to the projector, and you can beam videos or presentations to a large screen without connecting a phone or PC.
There’s an HDMI port, and a 100 lumen projector that you can use to project images from 10 inches to 120 inches. The SPRO has a rechargeable battery good for up to 2.5 hours of use over HDMI. You can also use the SPRO as a power bank. Plug in your phone or tablet and you can recharge your mobile device using the projector’s battery.