US release of ZTE Grand S is delayed until 2014

The release of the ZTE Grand S in the United States has been pushed to next year, according to a statement made by Lixin Cheng, head of the ZTE’s North American division to CNET.


The reason for the delay, Cheng explained, is the additional time that ZTE needed to meet the requirements of U.S. wireless carriers.

The ZTE Grand S was announced by the China-based phone maker earlier this year during CES. During the time, ZTE said that the smartphone would hit the market soon.

To make up for the delay, ZTE announced that it would not be selling this year’s model of the Grand S in the US market. Rather, the upcoming handset will be part of a series of Grand S devices, possibly hinting at some modifications in its specifications to allow the smartphone to compete with others next year.

To review, the ZTE Grand S currently comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHZ quad-core Snapdragon CPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, 1780 mAh battery, and a slim profile of 6.9 mm. In China, the device retails at around $546.

The delay of the Grand S demonstrates ZTE’s relative difficulty of attaining the success it hopes to gain in the U.S. market. While the company, according to Cheng, grew 85.7 percent during the first quarter of the year, and is currently the third largest supplier of prepaid mobile phones, its high end Grand S smartphone is having a hard time with the wireless carriers.

Despite hitting a snag with the release of the Grand S, ZTE remains hopeful this year. Its Grand Memo phablet, which it unveiled during Mobile World Congress in February, is scheduled to be launched later this year. Here’s hoping that the launch of the  Grand Memo will not be delayed like the Grand S.

via cnet