Smartphone camera have become sort of a standard feature, to the point where consumers have come to expect both a front and rear camera to be equipped on every new model. ZTE is looking at introducing something entirely new, or should we say retro with their new upcoming camera-less smartphone.

We’ve recently uncovered a new ZTE smartphone which was just spotted passing through the TENNA certification process in China. The mandatory process is what happens just prior to launching a new smartphone in China, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time. The model that was spotted ZTE S3003, and the biggest surprise is the lack of either a front or back camera.

ZTE Goes Retro with a New Camera-Less Smartphone Passing Tenna Certification in China

It’ll be interesting to see how consumers respond to the entry level handset as even those who don’t depend on the camera will find it inconvenient to not have one. There are plenty who are reliant, and many more who use them as needed, but the new ZTE smartphone obviously won’t support it.

The only belief is that ZTE was looking to cut cost, and with a savings of about $10 it doesn’t seem to be worth it. The China ZTE S3003 launch should only be a matter of time as the TENNA certification means it could become official anytime now.

The specs and features known so far include a 5” display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of native storage. The good news is the new ZTE smartphone does support LTE connectivity which is something that all consumers are looking for.

We’ll be bringing you much more on what definitely seems to be an entry level ZTE smartphone which should become official very soon. Those here in the states and many markets worldwide aren’t likely to see it as it should be a limited market release only.