At the time, ZTE was aiming to get funding for the project through Kickstarter, where it aimed to raise $50,000 or more towards the upcoming device. Unfortunately at the time, while ZTE was quick to point out a few specs, many backers thought the handset was too mid-range.
As a result of that, and perhaps the company not earning quite as much as they thought they would, ZTE has effectively canceled the Kickstarter crowd-funding round. In total, the project earned $36,245 of the total $50,000 goal, thanks to 190 backers. ZTE confirmed in the cancellation of the project that those who pledged money towards the phone would get refunded.
In addition, ZTE will still be building the device, and focusing on making it better:
“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.”
So while ZTE is slowing things down a bit, it doesn’t look like the Hawkeye is completely dead just yet.
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