We don’t know if the ZTE Spro Plus is the thickest tablet or the thinnest projector at Mobile World Congress. While ZTE revealed several new mid-range smartphones at MWC, the most interesting device was this tablet and projector hybrid, which follows the Spro 2. In comparison, the Spro Plus has a far slicker design and severely improved specs.
The ZTE Spro Plus (pronounced “S Pro Plus”) is not the only available tablet with a built-in projector, given that Lenovo has a few, including the recent Yoga Tab 3 Pro, but the ZTE Spro Plus is unique in that it has a bulbless laser projector, a quality enables it to be more of a projector than a tablet, unlike the Yoga, which is more of a tablet than a projector.
It’s a Tablet
The Spro Plus sports an 8.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 2K resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels). Its predecessor, the Spro 2, has just a 5-inch HD display (12800 x 720 pixels). Furthermore, the new Spro Plus will be available with either Wi-Fi and a Snapdragon 801 SoC, or Wi-Fi+LTE with a Snapdragon 625 SoC.
Other specifications are identical for both models. They feature Android 6.0 Marshmallow and have 3 GB of RAM and 32/128 GB of memory storage, along with microSD expansion (up to 2 TB). In addition, they have a humongous 12100 mAh battery (about double typical tablet capacity). Of course, the device can carry such a large battery due to its exceptional thickness, which almost stretches out to an inch. But dimensions like that are expected for a device that is more of a projector than a tablet. With thickness comes utility. The ZTE Spro Plus will outlast any device on the market when used as a tablet, and can project up to ten hours’ worth of video just on battery power.
It’s a Projector
The device measures 228.8 x 150 x 24.8 mm (9 x 5.9 x .97 inches). It’ certainly chunky, but not too heavy, coming in at 1 kg (2.2 pounds). In terms of the DLP projector, it’s impressive for a portable device. ZTE Spro Plus can display 80 inches of imaging from a 2.4-metre distance (about 8 feet) at a 1366 x 786 pixel pixel resolution, and it projects 500 lumen. ZTE representatives outfitted their Barcelona exhibition area with various lighting conditions, and we opportunity to witness the bright projections, even in the corners with ample light that would stymie lesser devices. By comparison, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro does not have a laser projector and displays smaller images with ten times less lighting.
The ZTE Spro Plus also sports Harman 4-Watt stereo speakers and full-sized USB and HDMI ports. The USB port can be used for a webcam, in case users want to have a projector-enabled video conference. Of course, it can also be used for watching movies and projecting presentations, thanks to its display mirroring options. Gaming is also possible, which we enjoyed on the 80-inch display, via Bluetooth gamepad.
ZTE Spro Plus will hit the Asian, US and European markets this summer. ZTE has yet to disclose the price, though the Spro 2 is currently available for $550, which should provide some indication of the range.