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ZTE Grand S EXT Press Image Gets Shown Ahead Of Official Announcement

A new smartphone from ZTE has just made an appearance before its official announcement. A press photo of the ZTE Grand S EXT was just spotted at the global design directory website Reddot 21. For those who are wondering, yes the name of the device is really Grand S EXT.

GRAND S EXT

This upcoming model belongs to the same family as the Grand S and Grand S 2. Little is known so far about this new device. From its photo we could see that the power button and the volume rocker buttons are located on the right side and the 3.5mm headphone jack sits on top. The microUSB port could be located at the bottom of the device although we are still not sure about this since the view of its bottom has not been shown. Based on the icons of its status bar we could say that it will be running on Android KitKat.

ZTE Grand S EXT a

One interesting feature of the ZTE Grand S EXT is that it makes use of nano molding technology (NMT). This is a manufacturing process that allows plastic to be injected directly into a metal such as aluminum. The advantage of this process is that it combines the strength of metals and plastic’s ease of creating complicated shapes while keeping the weight at a minimum.

Traditionally when creating a smartphone chassis the metal and plastic parts are combined together by latching them making them a single whole solid. This construction type is bulky and adds more weight and cost.

With NMT the metal surface is first etched then the plastic is injected into it. Other parts can then be applied directly to the shell.  This makes it easier to create a unibody design smartphone.

As far as specifications goes that information has not been released yet. Judging from the previous Grand S models then this upcoming model could come with improved hardware specs. The Grand S II for instance had a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, and 2GB of RAM. The Grand S EXT could very well be released with better specs than these.

via red-dot-21

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  1. I don’t think so. Europe and Asia are not really as concerned as the US in this matter. And I wonder why! When the issue is about national security, I think they are expected to take measures.

  2. Yeah. It might actually reduce fragmentation to some extent. And we developers will not have to worry about supporting older versions of Android. We still need to make our code friendly with Gingerbread.

  3. Well from their intent to use Snapdragon processor and KitKat OS, they seem serious about making good Android device. Always a good sign for Android market.

  4. To be honest, there was quite a bit of evidence that Huawei was spying for the Chinese military. The fact of the matter is, most companies, private or not, are owned by the Chinese government, so it really wasn’t that far of a stretch. It was a good move, in my opinion.

  5. No, most Chinese companies aren’t due to the fear of them tapping into our communications network.

  6. Not too bad…however I never see ZTE smartphones in the U.S., so it’ll probably be the same for this one, eh?

  7. I agree. Many people comment on this. Everyone is expecting Qualcomm and the latest version of Android on these devices. And it looks like ZTE is heading there. But according to my experience with ZTE (a few of my friends have ZTE phones), they are not all that bad.

  8. Finally an Chinese OEM which is not using MTK processor and ready to use KitKat on their flagship devices. I hope more of these Asian OEM follow suite.

  9. I’ve seen ZTE Android smartphones too. They are not really that bad, as most reviewers say they are.

  10. But who else provides the network infrastructure to the wireless carriers in the US? I have very less knowledge on this. I’ve heard that these Chinese companies provide the 4G and the LTE infrastructure. If they are closed down or kicked out of the country, who will take care of that?

  11. you’re right on Ralph. Huawei will leave the U.S. market after U.S. Congress accused it of spying for Chinese military.
    with Chinese military’s reputation as condoning hacking, I think the U.S. was justified to do what it did.
    Of course this is also a way of protecting its homegrown companies like Apple to continue to dominate the U.S. market by eliminating cheap Chinese electronics.

  12. As a Chinese communications product, I doubt if this one will ever be available in the US. Congress appears to be highly suspicious of Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE tapping into the national communications network.
    I’ve read before about a move of the US Congress to not allow Huawei businesses.

  13. Will this come to the US? I think ZTE is not allowed to sell its smartphones in the US, right? But this really looks good.

  14. This looks very promising, the design at least. Its very modern and unique, kind of. I hope they go with a stock version of Android, or keep the customization to a minimum.

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