Tuesday, January 08, 2013

ZTE intros newest flagship handset: the ZTE Grand S

Chinese company ZTE is big among mobile phones globally, but not so much in smartphones and not so much in the U.S. However, on Tuesday at CES the company announced its latest flagship phone, one that sounds more appropriate for Indianapolis.

It's called the Grand S, and it's part of ZTE's high-end line of Grand Series Android handsets. That line also includes the Grand Era and the Grand X devices. The flagship Grand S comes with a 5-inch full HD touch screen, sports 440ppi (take that Apple, which claims 300ppi is Retina). Naturally, the screen is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass.

One complaint of ZTE's smartphones has been rather insensitive displays that require extra swipes and harder pressing than other devices. Those are especially seen on ZTE's entry-level handsets, but it was sad to see that reports indicate that the same issues occur on the new Grand S.

It's possible, though, that the Grand S seen at CES was on an earlier ROM than will ship with the device, but the tendency of ZTE in this area doesn't leave one with a great deal of confidence.

The ZTE Grand S supports 4G LTE. It has a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rather generous 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that can shoot 1080p video. It will ship with Android Jelly Bean and sports the (of late) ubiquitous quad-core Qualcomm Snatdragon S4 processor, running at 1.7GHz.

It comes with a 1,780mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and Dolby Digital surround sound, along with a 0.27 inches of thinness. The ZTE Grand S will be available online in China in the first quarter of 2013; entry into the U.S. is unclear.


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