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ZTE Spro Plus Projector Is Also Tablet, Console, Hotspot

If you live in a small space or frequently conduct presentations, a smart projector could change your life. ZTE's latest smart projector, the Spro Plus, offers not just laser projection for brighter images, but a super-sharp 8-inch onboard display that doubles as a tablet. It can even be a Wi-Fi hotspot if you opt for the LTE model. The Spro Plus will be available worldwide this summer at a yet-undisclosed price.

Instead of using LEDs to project an image, the Plus will employ lasers to project at 500 lumens, which ZTE says is the ideal luminescence for either broad daylight or a darkened room. ZTE said the lasers allow for brighter images while keeping the overall device's size small.

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The Spro Plus can cast images up to 80 inches wide from a distance of 2.4 meters (7.8 feet), and onboard JBL speakers promise to pump out solid sound as accompaniment. You can stream onboard media from the Plus' built-in storage, which comes in 32GB or 128GB configurations, or from a microSD card (in sizes up to a still-theoretical 2TB).

Pair a Bluetooth gaming controller to the Spro Plus, and you can turn the Android 6 Marshmallow-powered projector into a gaming console,  powered by either a Snapdragon 801 or Snapdragon 625 CPU.

Whenever you don't want to project your media for all to see, you can always opt to use the device's 8.4-inch 2K AMOLED display to watch your shows. The Plus runs full Android 6.0, so you can install your favorite apps, and the whopping 12,100-mAh battery should offer plenty of endurance. There's even an optional external USB camera to enable video conferencing via apps such as Skype or Google Hangouts, and Harman microphones are built in.

The Spro Plus is a nice upgrade from its predecessor, the SPro 2, which had a 5-inch display built in. Wi-Fi and 4G LTE versions of the Plus will be available, and the cellular-compatible model could be a great companion for professionals who frequently need to make presentations on the go, and who might need to put their colleagues on the mobile Internet using the Spro Plus's hotspot function.