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ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter Campaign Shut Down

After gathering a little over $36K of the $500K needed, ZTE’s Hawkeye campaign on Kickstarter has been shut down. This move follows a frantic request by the company’s Project CSX team to discover what would make this phone more attractive to potential buyers. As we can see, that didn’t work out too well. 

It was at CES in January when ZTE made the Hawkeye official, coupled with the idea that the device would be placed on Kickstarter as a way for interested parties to order the device. However, per Kickstarter’s rules, only campaigns that reach a set goal are awarded the funds. With ZTE’s goal placed at $500K, and with very little interest in the device from the general public (possibly thanks to extremely modest specs), it never stood a chance.

The Hawkeye had two unique features going for it, one being eye-tracking software that allowed folks to use their device without touching it, and the other being a self-adhesive backside. In theory, with the adhesive, users could place the smartphone down without having to worry about it slipping and sliding. It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but we haven’t ever seen that on a device, as it’s typically saved for 3rd-party cases.

Anyway, ZTE doesn’t plan on ditching the Hawkeye completely. Here’s what might be in store for the Hawkeye later down the road.

You requested that the winning Project CSX idea – an eye-tracking, self adhesive phone – be implemented on a higher spec’d device than what we initially proposed through Kickstarter. We’ve heard you loud and clear as we are reevaluating the device features that are implemented in to the device.

Based on your feedback we have determined it is best to push back the date of the release in order to deliver a higher spec’d device. While we are still finalizing the new date, we will continue providing updates and collaborate with the community throughout the entire process.

If you are looking to stay informed on the Hawkeye, ZTE requests you check out their Z-Community forum.

Via: Kickstarter
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  • This phone never stood a chance. Poor execution from the start.

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  • Jon

    The eye-tracking and self adhesive back cover were terrible ideas anyway. If they bumped up the specs, then that would be the only reason to consider the device. The eye-tracking (especially their proposed uses) and sticky back are gimmicks and useless.

  • Daishi

    After the Znaps connector fiasco, I’m done with Kickstarter. They should change their name to ‘Scamstarter’.

    • himynameisricky

      Not sure how this is Kickstarter’s fault? They simply host the platform for people to crowdfund, they dont make the promises themselves. Plus if a goal is not met in the time span allotted (such as this) they are not awarded the money.

      • Daishi

        Goals went beyond being met. Doesn’t change the fact after all the complaints, nobody is getting their money back. They need to vet these guys better. They should be held accountable for the scammers since they provide a venue for the scammers to operate.

        • himynameisricky

          Article says they only met 36K of 500K needed, but okay.

          • Daishi

            I’m talking about Znaps, the example I have. Not ZTE.

  • The Doctor

    It was a terrible idea of a phone. I had zero interest in it.

    And I’ll never donate money to a phone kickstarter, not with companies like Saygus out there ruining it for everyone.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Just make another Axon 7

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