We saw several new devices from various manufacturers at the CES 2013 event that was held last month in Las Vegas. Out of an array of new smartphones, ZTE Grand S was somewhat intriguing. ZTE Grand S is a pretty high end device and it is coming from one of the three companies from mainland China who have been making waves in the smartphone market.
Coming from a Chinese manufacturer, you would be anticipating a reasonable asking price for the device. The specs are beastly and one rumor had the phone tagged at over $700 USD. But according to ZTE mobile division lead He Shiyou, buying the phone won’t drill a deep hole in your wallet, at least not in China. According to the ZTE executive, the price of the model will be 3000-3500 Yuan ($480-$561 USD).
As far as the device goes, it’s a beast and comes with the set of hardware that is in league of high-line Android devices. The device is equipped with 5-inch screen with full HD 1080p resolution, which is of course crisp and clear. Lot many smartphones are coming with Full HD screens, so the specifications are in par with products from more familiar manufacturers in the smartphone space. ZTE Grand S is powered 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and runs Android Jelly Bean version 4.1.2 out of the box. Also, the device is equipped with 13MP camera unit and records full HD video. The 2MP front facing camera is also able to do video at 1080p. The Grand S has 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage and can be expanded using the 32GB microSD card. Quality audio experience is delivered with the help of Dolby digital surround sound.
Below is a quick spec sheet of the new ZTE Grand S LTE Android smartphone:
• Dimensions: 5.59″ x 2.72″ x 0.27″
• Display: 5-inch HD LCD (1920 x 1080)
• 4G LTE / Wi-Fi
• 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (Quad-core)
• OS: Android 4.1
• Memory: 2GB RAM
• 16GB internal storage
• 2MP front-facing camera (1080p video)
• 13MP rear-camera w/ LED flash & AF (1080p video)
• 3.5mm audio port
• Micro-USB port
The specs are good for the expected price. This is ZTE’s premium handset. The device was present at the CES 2013 and we have several hands on reports of the device. Several reviewers found that the phone was laggy, even though it is equipped with one of the best hardware set in the market. Part of the problem may be because of the Full HD display, as the manufacturer is trying to run Android OS at a resolution which is insanely high. The phone would have probably been snappier if ZTE was running vanilla Android, but like most of the manufacturers out there, they are running their own skin atop the Android, and it is perhaps hogging a lot of resources. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the final version of the hardware or software, hence the product which will be shipping may deliver better experience.
What are your thoughts on ZTE Grand S? Let us know.