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ZTE Grand S II may ship with a whopping 4GB of RAM

According to a Tenaa -- China's equivalent of the FCC -- the ZTE Grand S II may actually arrive with 4GB of RAM, making it the world's first smartphone to break past 3GB.
March 28, 2014

When it comes to packing in crazy specs into their devices, ZTE seems to be on a roll. Earlier this week we learned of the nubia X6, a handset with a 6.44-inch display and 13MP shooters on both the front and back. Now it seems that ZTE may be preparing to release the ZTE Grand S II with a whopping 4GB of RAM!

As you might recall, the Grand S II was actually first shown off at CES this year featuring a 5.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU. At the time, it also reportedly offered 2GB RAM.

The Grand S II may have the distinction of being the first phone to offer 4GB RAM

Fast-forwarding to today, the handset has yet to be released but it has recently passed through Tenaa’s website (the Chinese equivalent of the FCC). In the listing, the phone is described as featuring a 2.3GHz processor and 4GB RAM.

Oddly enough, Tenaa’s spec list differs from what we saw at CES in another way: it lists the rear cam is 8MP, while ZTE originally said the phone would offer a 13MP shooter. Other specs mentioned included 16GB storage, microSD and a 3000 mAh battery.

Unless there was a serious mistake made in the listing, the Tenaa listing indicates ZTE has decided to make a few tweaks to the phone’s spec list before releasing it to the public. There’s also the possibility that ZTE is planning to release both a base and a premium model in a move similar to Oppo. If these specs are accurate, it also means that the Grand S II will have the distinction of being the first phone to offer 4GB RAM. Up until now, the highest amount of RAM seen in a handset was 3GB, with most high-end flagships still offering around the 2GB range.

So will the 4GB of RAM make the ZTE Grand S II stomp all over the competition in terms of performance? While it’s nice to see the RAM size increasing, the reality is that you probably won’t notice much (if any) difference when it comes to real world use between the ZTE Grand S II and similarly spec’d phones that offer between 2-3GB RAM. The 4GB RAM could make the Grand S II a bit more futureproof, though.

What do you think, impressed by the idea of a handset with 4GB or is adding so much RAM just a “gimmick” at this stage?