The Android-powered ZTE Grand S was first announced back in January as the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone with a Full HD screen. It was released in China shortly thereafter, and prospective owners from other parts of the world have been waiting for it ever since. It has been about four full months since then. Where in the world is the ZTE Grand S now?
If you’re in the U.S. and you are wondering when it will arrive, we have some unfortunate news: the phone has been delayed and won’t be released in the U.S. until some time in 2014. This is according to the head of ZTE’s North American division, Lixin Cheng. Cheng revealed the release date information through comments made in an interview with CNET.
When asked what the reason for the delay was, Cheng blamed ZTE’s wireless carrier partners, and said that their specific carrier requests have required more time than ZTE expected.
ZTE knows that it will probably have a hard time convincing people to buy the Grand S if it gets released an entire year behind schedule in a market such as the U.S. So what does it plan to do about it? According to Cheng, the version of the Grand S that will be released in 2014 will come with some improvements over the one originally launched earlier this year. Basically, it will be a descendant of the true Grand S, a product that is molded based on the evolution of an entire Grand S series.
If you have truly been waiting for the arrival of the Grand S in the US, this news might be disheartening. But if you can wait another six or so months, then it just might be worth it. If not, then check out Lenovo, which plans to release its own phones in the U.S. by 2014 as well.