ZTE are a Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones and networking equipment, and the ZTE F866 is the first handset we've seen in Europe carrying the ZTE brand. The F866 is a basic 3G phone aimed at the prepay market, available on the Hutchison 3 network. The specification is very similar to the first LG handsets available on 3 (such as the LG U8110, U8120 and U8130). There'a a rotating VGA resolution camera, 176x220 pixel main display in 65,000 colours and 10Mb of internal non-expandable memory. There's no Bluetooth either, but there is a dedicated "TV" button for accessing video content.

It's lighter than some other 3G phones, at 124 grams.. but that's still a lot heavier than a standard GSM handset. The F866's battery life is significantly better than early 3G devices too - quoted as around 3.5 hours talktime and 9 days standby.

ZTE has one of the most complete product portfolios in the telecoms sector covering handsets and infrastructure products in all three versions of 3G - WCDMA, CDMA 2000 and TD-SCDMA.


  • Features
    • 3G services available on Prepay for an affordable price
    • "TV key" for easy access to video services
    • Watch videos and talk for hours with the large high capacity 1200mAh battery
    • Independently rotating VGA camera, mounted within the hinge to capture the moment instantly, record and send picture and video messages and person to person video calls.
    • Speakerphone for easy, convenient video calls and video conferencing
    • Start watching 3's video content, such as MTV music videos, in seconds with "Quick play" video
    • Support of 64k colours for the 2.0" main display, and 1.0" mono sub display
  • Specifications
    • Standard battery life (approx*):
    • Standby: 220 hrs
    • Talk time: 220 mins
    • Video call: 200 mins
    • Weight: 124g
    • Screen:
      • Size 31 mm x 41 mm
      • 65,000 colours
      • Resolution 176 x 200 pixels
    • Memory: 10MB
    • Camera: VGA Camera

ZTE F866: Available now
ZTE F866 User Manual
Press Release: 3 teams up with ZTE to launch pre-pay 3G handset
ZTE to launch pre-pay 3G handset in UK

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