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.
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.
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.