Our smartphones have come to replace a number of separate electronic devices. Most people don’t have a separate MP3 player anymore, preferring to listen to music on their phones. Many people have abandoned GPS navigation devices too, relying on Google Maps or Waze on their phones too. And you probably don’t have a separate point-and-shoot camera anymore either, so why would a company want to release a smartphone today without a camera? Well, it looks like that’s what ZTE is doing.

The phone in question, which is being listed as the ZTE S3003, recently made its way through TENAA, which is China’s equivalent to the FCC. The spec sheet on this device isn’t the most exciting in the world — 5-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, LTE support — except that there’s no rear camera on board.

On the enterprise front, BlackBerry still has a few select devices that can ship without a camera for security purposes, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a regular consumer-level smartphone these days without some sort of shooter. Even with “affordable premium” handsets like the ZTE Grand X 2, you still get a half-decent camera, which is better than no camera at all. The assumption is that removing the camera is part of a cost-cutting measure on the budget-oriented S3003, but how much is ZTE really saving here?

Via Mobileburn

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