Lots of smartphone models get released on the market every month, but most of them are pretty standard. Even major smartphone producers like Samsung or Apple usually stick to the fundamental principles when releasing a new handset into the wild.

However, there are companies that like to experiment design-wise in an attempt to push the boundaries of the smartphone industry. Like Chinese handset maker ZTE. A few months ago, the company announced Project CSX – an initiative meant to uncover and crowdsource innovative smartphone ideas. Now ZTE has announced it finally has a “winner” device to show us.

So what makes the phone special? First and foremost, the prototype is said to take advantage eye-tracking software. This basically means the phone will be able to track your eye movements and “know” when you are looking at it.


This function will supposedly allow users of this futuristic smartphone to scroll through book pages without employing their hands. The feat should also work when users need to skip through videos or audio tracks. A set of cameras are fitted on the top and bottom bezel to provide eye-tracking support.

Another atypical feature of the Project CSX handset its self-adhesive backing. Basically, users will be able to stick their phone on a variety of surfaces. It’s certainly not a new concept, but the feature hasn’t gone mainstream yet.

In the spec department, it’s possible (but not final) we’ll see the phone make a debut with a 5.5-inch LCD display with 1440 x 2560-pixel resolution (534ppi) and Snapdragon 823 chipset (or the latest) on the inside. The phone should be offered in 4GB of RAM/64GB and 6GB of RAM/128GB variants.


The primary camera could take advantage of a 16MP sensor with f/1.8, OIS, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, while the two front-facing cameras would bundle an 8MP sensor with f/1.8, OIS and autofocus.

ZTE’s upcoming phone will bundle a 3,500-4,000 mAh battery and run on Android Nougat.

Thousands of mobile phone enthusiasts from 176 countries participating in voting for the winning device. The competition had users divided between the adhesive smartphone and other creative ideas including a bunch of intelligent smartphone covers, a stock Android flagship phone from ZTE, a VR-interactive diving mask, and a power glove.

ZTE said it is committed to bringing the device to the market in 2017. The designed behind the winning idea will be invited to join ZTE at the CES 2017 conference in Las Vegas.

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