ZTE quietly unveils the 5.7-inch Grand Memo with 720p display and 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU

January 30, 2013
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Remember when we (jokingly?) called Huawei crazy for coming out with the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate “phone”? Well, you can say ZTE is officially joining the cuckoo club now, although the company’s Grand Memo is a bit more down to earth.

The newly revealed handheld “only” boasts a 5.7-inch display, which, trust us, still makes it impossible to hold with one hand (unless, of course, you’re Shaquille O’Neal). The beast has been shown off rather timidly in a Hong Kong event, but we’re guessing it’ll also make an appearance in Barcelona next month at MWC.

For some reason, ZTE is apparently following Huawei’s marketing strategy by the letter, making the gargantuan Grand Memo look a little less premium than the smaller 5-inch Grand S. That’s not to say the new fellow is a pushover, though, especially from a hardware standpoint.

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In fact, the Memo comes with the same 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU as the Grand S, an identically awesome 13 MP rear-facing camera, and, we think, an equivalent 2 gigs of RAM. That said, the display and design are the two little details that make the Grand Memo fall short of a top-tier device.

On one hand, you have a pretty run-of-the-mill 720p panel, while on the other it seems the silver bezel and body finish make the Memo look and feel a lot cheaper than the Grand S. Then again, the 5.7-incher is definitely not chunky, measuring a mere 8 mm in thickness (just a tad more than the 6.9 mm Grand S).

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The only other feature known for certain is the microSD support (hooray), but, based on a leak from a few weeks back, we also expect ZTE’s big guy to rock a massive 3,000 mAh battery.

In a nutshell, the Memo (aka V9815) should therefore be a larger, less elegant, but also less energy-slaying version of the Grand S. Hmm, that doesn’t too bad, but how will ZTE be pricing this? And more importantly, will the giant make its way outside Asia anytime soon? Do you want it to?

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