It isn’t just the big household names, like HTC, Nokia, and Samsung, who have been announcing devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress, ZTE has also introduced a new 6-inch smartphone, called the Grand Memo II LTE. The handset is the successor to the Grand Memo, the rumor riddled handset that debuted at last year’s MWC.
ZTE describes the Grand Memo II as an “ultra slim” device, and they’re not joking. The smartphone comes in at just 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) thick. For comparison, Samsung’s comparatively large Galaxy Note 3 is 8.3 mm thick, the new Xperia Z2 is 8.2mm thick, and even Apple’s much smaller iPhone 5S is still 7.6mm deep. So it’s slim, especially for a large handset, but let’s take a look at some of the more important hardware.
- Display: 6 inch, HD (1280 x 720), 245ppi
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB internal storage, no MicroSD
- Camera: 13 Megapixel rear, 5 MP front camera
- Battery: 3200mAh
- Networks: 3G, LTE(4G)
- Dimensions: 160.8 x 82.8 x 7.1 mm
For a large device, the Grand Memo II is definitely on the conservative side of the hardware spectrum, although there are some minor upgrade to last year’s 5.7 inch Grand Memo. The HD display is particularly disappointing for such a large handset, the low 245 pixel density will certainly be noticeable compared to similarly sized 1080p devices like the new G Pro 2 (373ppi) or the Galaxy Note 3 (386ppi), of course the latter are more expensive devices.
The Grand Memo II LTE will arrive with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, complete with a new version of ZTE’s MiFavor software, the latest version is 2.3. ZTE was also showing off the improvements to its MiFavor user interface at MWC, including the ability to shrink down the display for easier one handed operation. Overall, ZTE sticks relatively close to stock Android in both appearance, with a few of its own unique functions thrown in for good measure.
On the whole, it’s tough to see the Grand Memo II LTE winning any awards, but the decent camera hardware, thin design, and LTE compatibility just might appeal to consumers who are looking for a more budget friendly 6 inch smartphone.
The Grand Memo II LTE will launch in China in April, followed by a delayed release in select countries in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific for around $300 unlocked.