ZTE introduced, for the first time, the ZTE Grand SII high end Android smartphone during the 2014 CES in Las Vegas back in January but it did not attract so much attention largely because so many devices were being launched at that particular time and because the company did not mention that the device might be the first smartphone to come with 4 GB of RAM.
When it was introduced as the successor to the original ZTE Grand S, the Grand SII boasts of a very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 chipset with Adreno 330 graphics unit, 4 GB of RAM and the not-so-new version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone has a bigger and better screen than its predecessor’s – a 5.5 inch full HD 1080p display presenting crystal clear images compared to the predecessor’s 5.0 inches. As of now, this is the most high end smartphone to be made by a Chinese company, and it feels and looks solid too.
ZTE is one of the top Chinese manufacturers that have conquered more markets in Asia than most other manufacturers, including Huawei. The new device will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome in the US market as the race for the most powerful high end (mostly flagship) smartphones intensify, with Samsung, HTC and LG battling for the top spot. Will the extra 1 GB on the Grand S II make a difference or will it just spur further competition, which is even better?
The phone also features a faux-brushed metallic battery door, giving the phone a different non-monochrome look with the matte and ceramic-like build that makes it feel and look more expensive than it should be. Other features of the ZTE Grand SII include a 13 megapixels rear camera that can record full HD videos, a front 2 megapixels camera for video calls and a non-removable 300 mAh battery. Additionally, this device comes with 4G LTE support, something its predecessor lacked.
The phone was spotted after it passed China’s equivalent of FCC with the different specs than it had when it was launched almost 3 months ago, it is therefore unclear whether the final device will have the 4 GB RAM or things will still change. However, if the leaked information is right, this device will open the floodgates to 4 GB, maybe even 5 or 6 GB of RAM in the near future. This is particularly useful now as manufacturers are starting to introduce smartphones powered by 64 bit processors.
This is good news, but can a typical users make full use of all the 4 GB availed to them? As of now, we do not have information on when the phone will be available.