After snatching the spotlight both at CES in January and MWC in February, ZTE decided to take a breather and got back in the shadows for a little while. But the Chinese were obviously cooking up the Grand S and Grand Memo launches, which have finally taken place earlier today.
Naturally, the duo has gone up for grabs only in China for now, but chances are the two big guys will take Europe by storm as soon as next month. Only we don’t think they’ll cost as much as some retailers on the old continent claimed, given they’re pretty affordable in their homeland.
Right in line with rumors from last week, the Grand S costs 3,399 Yuan, or $542, while the Grand Memo is available for 2,688 Yuan ($428).
Mind you, the Memo is not quite as impressive as it looks, despite rocking a massive 5.7-inch display. The resolution is only 720p, the 1.5 GHz quad-core processor beneath the hood is an already oldie Snapdragon S4 Pro and it appears there’s just 1 gig of RAM too.
ZTE is still going forward with the idea of issuing the Grand Memo in several different editions, one of which will supposedly pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU alongside 2 GB of RAM. We have no idea when that version might hit stores, but the first model to land in Europe will still step things up a notch compared with the Chinese version, sporting a Snapdragon 600 SoC and, hopefully, 2 GB of RAM.
As for the Grand S, that’s a machine just short of perfection, with only one major flaw – a meager, non-removable 1,780 mAh battery. Aside from that, the 5-incher boasts a Full HD screen and packs a 1.7 GHz S4 Pro CPU and 2 GB of RAM inside a 6.9 mm thin body.
The thing has microSD support for expanding the 16 GB of on-board storage, a nice 13 MP camera on the back and a more than decent 2 MP snapper fitted on the front. What more could you want?
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Wait, you criticize the memo for using an s4 pro but say the grand s is perfect even with the same processor?
Yes, I criticize the Memo because, judging by its larger screen, you would expect more from it than an S4 Pro. Also, the Memo is supposed to come out soon in Snapdragon 600 and 800 versions, so it’s a little disappointing to only get the S4 Pro model for now.
Oh, yeah, and the CPU inside the Grand S is clocked at 1.7 GHz, while Grand Memo’s processor is a 1.5 GHz unit.