LAS VEGAS —There have been smartphones with projectors, but what about a projector with a smartphone? That’s the concept behind the ZTE S Pro 2, a pico projector with a 5-inch Android phone built into the top.
The second version of its connected projector, the S Pro 2 has a redesigned interface that makes it much easier to access settings, apps and content from its display. Other improvements include a boost in the projector’s brightness, to 200 lumens, LTE connectivity, and a larger 6,300 mAh battery that promises up to 3 hours of runtime.
MORE: Best Smartphones
Why put a smartphone’s features into a projector? ZTE says that the S Pro 2 can act as the ultimate all-in-one presentation device. Not only can a user project a sideshow onto a big screen, but he or she can also conference others in via Skype or stream content even when a Wi-Fi connection isn’t available. And, at 1.2 pounds and 5 x 5 x 1.2 inches, the S Pro 2 will slide easily into any bag.
The DLP chip in the S Pro 2 can project an image up to 120 inches in size at a native resolution of 1280 x 720. It has a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and is rated to last 20,000 hours. Cleverly, the projector has an autofocus feature, so you don't have to fiddle with an adjustment knob.
The S Pro 2, which is powered by a 2.1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, can also act as a LTE hotspot for up to eight devices. The device comes with a remote control which, among other things, has a built-in laser pointer.
Currently, ZTE plans to release the S Pro 2 through two carriers in the first quarter of 2015. At the time of this writing, neither the carriers nor the pricing were available, but going by the older LivePro, which was offered through Sprint for $450, it would be reasonable to expect the S Pro 2 to cost anywhere from $400 to $500.