ZTE Grand Memo, Grand S, LG Optimus L II, Galaxy Note 8 and more get priced in Germany

by: AdrianMarch 1, 2013


Germany. The land of poets and thinkers, schnauzers and bratwursts, aspirin, Adolf Hitler and… Claudia Schiffer. And now the land where some of the most highly anticipated Android devices of the early 2013 have been priced.

The goods have been delivered by Notebooksbilliger, Computeruniverse.net and Amazon.de, although none of the following devices are up for grabs just yet. We have a lot to talk about, so let’s dig in.

We’ll start with the ZTE Grand Memo, one of the most controversial devices showcased during MWC. The massive 5.7-incher is priced at €599 and listed as shipping “sometime in Q2” with a Snapdragon 800 processor inside.

Does something smell fishy here? Definitely. ZTE did untangle the Grand Memo mystery by confirming there’ll be multiple versions of the phablet released, including one packing the hot 800 chip. Yet there’s no way that’s going to come out before the S4 Pro and 600 models. Or is there?


Not a great start to today’s pricing saga, but let’s move on. To ZTE’s Grand S, priced at €629. Kind of expensive, but we guessed that much. No shipping date is mentioned, but you should probably expect it by the end of Q2.

Huawei’s Ascend P2 and Ascend Mate are also a tad pricey and also don’t have exact release dates. The former is listed as coming in four weeks+ for €399, while the latter will go for €599 “soon”.

LG’s Optimus L II family is a lot cheaper, with the L3 listed at €99, the L5 at €179 and the L7 at €249. As for Alcatel’s One Touch Idol X, that’s one nasty surprise, being set to go for… wait for it… €699. More expensive than ZTE’s Grand S? Are these guys for real?


Amazon’s German branch helps us wrap up the phone section of our post with an unexpectedly lucrative deal. The HTC One has been discounted before being made available in the first place, from €679 to €599. Nice, really, really nice!

And now some bad news from the two tablets that have captured the spotlight at MWC – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z. Both are way too expensive to be worth your time, at €499 and €599 (the 16 and 32 GB Note 8) and €639 (the 16 GB Tablet Z). So uncool!

Before finishing up, a quick little reminder. These are most likely not the recommended retail price points, so before making a decision give other retailers the shot to woo you with better deals. Or, in other words, if you wait, they will come (the better prices, that is).

  • rvichar

    I will shutup and keep my money with exception to the HTC One. I thought that Huawei and ZTE were value brands but it looks like they want to cash in now on the premium pricing. I for one will stay away from Huawei and ZTE.

    Samsung and Sony need to lower their prices on tablets. That is crazy pricing.




  • The Note 8 was to be my next purchase, if this pricing is the same in the UK then ‘WAS’ is more true than I ever imagined.

    • joser116

      Just wait for Nexus 7 2

  • MasterMuffin

    The prices are almost always higher in Europe (I wonder why), don’t worry ‘muricans!

    • Guest

      25% VAT in EU ;)

      • Guest


      • MasterMuffin

        Is VAT only in EU? :’O

  • Bone

    What wrong with Samsung? iPad Mini competitor for the big one’s price? More expensive than the Nexus 10? Lol.

  • Ray

    Nexus 10 and retina iPad are waaay better value than Samsung Galaxy Note 8. €499 is crazy money for an ugly plastic thing with a rubbish screen!

  • Christopher Clark

    There’s absolutely no way the U.S. version of the Note 8 is going to be that expensive. Remember the international version has cellular built into it and the American version is supposed to offer a Wi-Fi only model. I could see the 16GB model being $399, not $649

  • Lol what a joke. These Germany retailers do NOT know the price of the Note 8.0. Why would Samsung price it for hundreds more than the Note 10.1. These are the same people who told us the Note 10.1 would be $750.

  • Fact

    Gitler was born in Austria, you now…

  • Mike

    Crazy pricing. Not buying.

  • Mike

    Not the actual price calm down it will be under $300 for 32 wifi