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ZTE Grand S II Could be the First Phone with 4GB RAM

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.

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  • Brad

    I’m trying to remember…was there not rumors that there was a Samsung phone in the works with 4GB of RAM? Also, what’s the purpose of having so much RAM? On the consumer end, it seems like it doesn’t do much.

  • Rodge

    That was supposed to be the Galaxy Note 3… then it was supposed to be Galaxy S5 and now we suppose it will be the Note 4.

  • Brad

    Hmm. I’d be interested to see what purpose a company would have for putting 4GB of RAM in a phone. After all, consumers aren’t usually doing anything super demanding that would require that. Might be more useful for ROMs like CM. Then again, maybe we could see games like Skyrim, eh?

  • fig11

    Does anyone think they held the information back on purpose? I mean, let your competitors sellout and then blast them out of the ballpark seems like a good idea when no one is really owning up to doing it themselves (like the Note 3 and 4).

  • Vinny

    Four gigs of RAM in a smartphone is awesome! That’s what my laptop has, and even that is a significant step up from my outdated desktop.

  • nexus5_owner

    I don’t see the purpose. The Nexus 5 has 2 gigs of RAM, Only when I run very heavy games, it reaches to around 70% of the 2 gigs. Otherwise, its usually less than 50%. And the Note 3 with its 3 gigs still lags. It’s not about Android. Polish your bloatware and custom manufacturer skins, and it’ll be fine with just 2 GB of RAM.

  • andrew_dawson1

    I don’t really think we need phones with 4GB of RAM. Most of that will remain unused. I don’t see what’s the purpose.

  • David Argus

    Wait? How can it has 4 GB of RAM? Doesn’t it need 64 bit processor to accommodate a 4 GB RAM?

  • thigphen1

    I agree. That is probably why this is the only phone that has 4GB of Ram. It is not necessary to have that much. I don’t see a lot of other companies following suit if it is not needed.

  • thigphen1

    I could see the Note 4 needing that much Ram but not a simple smartphone. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t play many games that would even come close to needing that.

  • Raquel

    Four gigs of RAM in a smartphone means a lightning fast phone, right? I can’t help but wonder if this means future apps are going to be more memory-intensive.

  • Val

    That’s a good point. I bet future smartphones are going to be like miniature laptops (or miniature tablets, if you will) with tons of storage space and RAM.

  • Deanna

    If four gigs of RAM becomes the norm, you’re probably right; smartphone apps probably will become larger and require more memory and hard drive space.

  • bretta49

    4 Gigs? What for exactly? And doesn’t it need 64 bit processor for that?

  • helixbird

    We already have issues now with apps and memory leaks. I wonder if this is going to be a real blessing or a real curse. I could see it going either way.

  • nexus5_owner

    Probably Samsung will follow suit for its Note 4, which is expected later this year. The Note 3 already has 3 gigs of RAM. Let’s see. Its too early to predict.

  • Andrew

    Oh yeah. You do need 64 bit processor for having 4Gig RAM..

  • Andrew

    Maybe that is just a mistake. 4 GB RAM without a 64 bit processor seems strange.

  • bretta49

    Then this is strange. I am confused actually.

  • Anderson Lewis

    Might be a topo error. Should it sport 4 GB it must also be equipped with fast enough CPU to maximize the memory. It doesn’t make any sense at all if runs on a much slower CPU like what current smartphones have.

  • Brad

    Same here. The only reason I could see the Note 4 needing that much is because of all the crap that Samsung puts in there smartphones. I’d kind of like it if we stuck with some great hardware and focused more on the software side of things instead of trying to put out the best specs possible.

  • Brad

    What would you use 4 gigs of RAM in a smartphone for?

  • Brad

    You need a standing ovation for this comment.

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