ZTE to unveil the Grand Memo II LTE plus a new Firefox phone at MWC 2014
Mobile World Congress is only a few days away and expectations are building about the new devices which will be launched at the show. ZTE has staked-out its ground and announced that it will “unveil a range of high-performance smartphones and innovative products.” During CES 2014 the Chinese telecommunications giant unveiled the second iteration of its Grand S and now it is time for a revamp of the Grand Memo.
At MWC, ZTE will launch “the ultra slim” Grand Memo II LTE with a six inch screen. But unfortunately that is all we know. From this brief description we can glean four things. First the Grand Memo II is the successor to the Grand Memo, second that the device will support LTE, third that it will be thin, and finally that it will have a six inch screen.
Looking at the existing ZTE Grand Memo and the recently announced Grand S II may give us some insight into what ZTE has prepared. The original Grand Memo was a 5.7 inch, 720p HD device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 1.7GHz. It had 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. It came with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and supported LTE. The device came with a fairly substantial 3200 mAh battery but was just 8.5mm thick. So what could be in the Grand Memo II? Obviously it will be thinner, but by how much we don’t yet know. The screen will get a bump from 5.7 inches to 6.0 inches and it is likely that it will also get a resolution boost, probably full HD – however nothing is guaranteed.
The device will probably stick with the Snapdragon 800 but maybe with a speed bump to 2.3GHz like the Grand S II. 3GB of RAM is a possibility however the Grand S II stuck with 2GB and depending on how ZTE wants to price the Grand Memo II it may leave the device at 2GB. If ZTE wants to differentiate the Grand Memo II from the Grand S II by more than just adding half a inch to the screen then it may increase the memory. It is likely the phone will run Android 4.3, again like the Grand S II, however Android 4.4 is a possibility. The Grand Memo II will continue to use ZTE’s custom user interface, known as MiFavor, a new verison of which will also be launched at MWC.
The other device that ZTE mentioned in its pre-MWC announcement is a Firefox OS 1.3 smartphone. Other than its name, the ZTE Open C, we have no other details. The original ZTE Open was the first Firefox OS smartphone and only cost $79.99/£59.99.