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ZTE's Projector Hotspot combines a little bit of everything into one strange device

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A Swiss Army knife of mobile technology

Gallery Photo: ZTE Projector Hotspot photos
Gallery Photo: ZTE Projector Hotspot photos

ZTE is announcing a number of traditional smartphones at CES this year, but it's also showing off some less-than-conventional devices. The most interesting of these devices is its plainly-named Projector Hotspot, which combines a mobile hotspot with a pico projector, external battery, and media streaming device.

The Projector Hotspot is roughly the size of an Apple TV or Roku set-top box, and has a similar rounded square design. It's quite an engineering feat: ZTE pretty much threw every idea it could into the small device. It has a 5,000mAh battery that can charge your phone, an LTE hotspot that can support up to eight connected devices, and a projector that can display an image up to 120 inches across. On top of that, it has a touchscreen LCD and runs a full version of Android that can stream video from Netflix or other services and then throw it on a wall. If that's not your fancy, you can use the full-size HDMI port to mirror on the screen on a different display. ZTE says that the device can stream a few movies completely wirelessly before it needs to be plugged in and recharged.

ZTE isn't saying when the Projector Hotspot will be available for purchase or how much it will cost when it goes on sale, though it did say that it will likely arrive in the first half of this year. Whether or not it will be sold in the US remains to be seen, but it will certainly be one of the more unique devices wherever it is available for purchase.