ZTE Grand Memo hardware confusion cleared


Mobile World Congress is the most exciting event for mobile phone enthusiasts. Several manufacturers launched impressive smartphones, and one smartphone which intrigued me was the Grand Memo. The Grand Memo is coming from ZTE, a popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

ZTE is known for producing range of high quality smartphones and ZTE Grand Memo is a handset that will blow the competition out of water. ZTE Grand Memo comes with a massive 5.7 inch display. Below is the spec sheet of ZTE Grand Memo that was released at the press conference:

ZTE Grand Memo Technical Specifications
• Android 4.1 Jelly bean
• 5.7inch, HD,TFT, 16M color, 1280×720 pixels multi-touch capacitive screen
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
• 16GB Rom
• 3200mAh super-long standby battery
• Mifavour UI user interface
• WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro
• LTE 100/50Mbps
• 13MP Intelligent AF Camera with face recognition and panorama,1MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD video playback

If you fancied Grand Memo, you would have probably search for the specs, but this particular device’s specs seem to be a mystery and very confusing. At the time of announcement, the company said that the device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs, but it should be noted that even flagship devices from well-known manufacturers such as LG Optimus G Pro and the HTC One aren’t using Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as their powerhouses and have settled down for Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 under the hood. The U.S. version of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, Samsung Galaxy S IV, is also anticipated to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, though it is clocked at 1.9 GHz as opposed to clock speed of 1.7GHz on the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro.

Qualcomm later said that ZTE’s device is not powered by Snapdragon 800 and it was Snapdragon 600 that was powering the phone. ZTE also claimed that the device would be carrying 2GB of RAM whereas the spec sheet mentioned only 1GB of RAM. Apparently, the root of confusion is the fact that ZTE will be offering Grand Memo in variety of hardware configuration depending on the country it is being sold. The device that was showcased at the MWC 2013 was apparently powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro (8064) and several different versions of Grand Memo will be made available at the time of launch, including Snapdragon 800-powered model. ZTE’s stall also had an NVIDIA Tegra 3-based Grand Memo, though it was unstable.

Now that the confusion regarding the hardware is solved, the device is anticipated to be launched in second quarter of this year. From the looks of it, the device seems to have good potential to go offensive against some of the well-known flagship devices, but the main attraction however would be the price tag itself, and ZTE is known to price their devices fairly.

What are your thoughts on ZTE’s Grand Memo? Does the Snapdragon 800 tempt you? Let us know in the comment section below.

source: AndroidCentral