Chocolate and peanut butter. Rice and beans. Some things just go together. ZTE seems to think that a mobile hotspot and projector fall into that category. And surprisingly enough, the company might actually be right.

ZTE is showing off its Projector Hotspot at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and while I was first drawn to the device because it seems kind of silly… it turns out it works pretty much exactly as promised and actually seems kind of cool.

ZTE Projector Hotspot

Here’s the deal. The Projector Hotspot operates as a mobile hotspot, letting you connect up to 8 devices to a 4G LTE connection over WiFi. It also has a built-in projector that can shine video at 1920 x 1080 800 x 480 pixels on a screen up to 120 inches across. And the whole thing runs Google Android software.

Update: The projector can accept input from devices running up to 1080p, but the projector outputs at a much lower resolution.

You can navigate through settings and menus using a 4 inch touchscreen on top of the device. So even when you’re not using the device as a hotspot you can use it to shine videos, presentations, documents, or anything else on the wall.

The Projector Hotspot has a 5000mAh battery and you can actually use it to charge phones or other devices when they’re plugged in.

You can connect to the internet over WiFi and stream videos from YouTube or Netflix using the projector, or you can load files you want to display onto a USB flash drive and connect it to the USB port in the back of the device.

So basically what you have is a single device that works as a portable projector, a backup battery, and a mobile hotspot. I suppose you could also use it as a portable Android device with the projector turned off, thanks to the integrated 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display… but there are probably better devices to use if you’re just looking for a portable Android device.

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7 replies on “ZTE Projector Hotspot is just as crazy (and cool) as it sounds”

  1. The 1080P resolution is what the projector supports for *input*, probably not output. I’d be curious what the resolution of the projector is. I’d also be interested to see it working in bright conditions at that 120″ screen size. At 100 lumens (see the spec sheet picture), I’m skeptical that it’ll look like much. I really want pico projectors to work (mostly because the light source is LED – I’d also take a non-pico LED projector for home use), but every one I’ve seen has been low-res, low-brightness, and generally completely unacceptable for anything other than doing slide-shows of high-contast text.

    1. You’re right. Since it says 1080p input for resolution it most likely has a lower projecting resolution. I’m actually surprised there haven’t been any 1080p pico projectors. Though they are hard to find 720p projectors have been around for like two years. And with 4K around the corner (yes, it’s here, but hasn’t been adopted by the masses yet nor has it made an impact on the projector world yet) 1080p should be the new minimum soon in my opinion. Edit: I just watched the video and the presenter says that it projects in 1080p, but then again they’re not always the most informed. But on the bright side, it seemed to have a good quality image. Yes, they had a little booth to provide shadows, but it was still visible with the camera on the show floor.

      1. I thought I heard on another blog video they stated it projected in 800×480. I know that’s also the screen res so not sure if that’s true. We havent’ seen a price yet but I doubt this projects in 1080. One good reason. It’s made by ZTE. And if it did that would definitely be something you would want to highlight. Not omit. And since they use the word “input” on the description card I’m assuming they know what the word output means. I would bet A LOT of money this doesn’t project in 1080 p.

  2. Yeah, I can see a consultant using this. “Now, if we all crouch down over here by the wall so we can read this… Frank, can you get the lights?”

    1. It projects an image up to 120″ that’s a 10 foot screen. It would take a really large room in order to not be able to see it. And as shown in the picture you can clearly see the projected image in the extremely well lit room. Did you even read the article b4 you started to trash this device or are you just that ignorant?

  3. interesting. . . there aren’t any mobile 1080p pico projectors that I’ve seen. . . the image should look pretty good if it is true 1080p. curious to see the price.

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