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ZTE Grand S3 introduces eye-based unlocking to the mobile world

ZTE has now unveiled its latest flagship handset to the world, the Grand S3. While most of its specs are more in-line with 2014 flagships, its eye scanning tech certainly stands out.

Published onMarch 1, 2015


Most of us are still absorbing all the details from HTC’s One M9 unveiling and are now getting ready for the big unveil of the Galaxy S6 and its Edge counterpart. However, those aren’t the only players making big announcements before the official start of MWC 2015. ZTE has now unveiled its latest flagship handset to the world, the Grand S3.

To be fair, the Grand S3 isn’t new and has been on sale since the middle of January in China, but at MWC ZTE has announced the phone will finally be making its way outside of the country. No word on exactly where on when, though Europe is a safe bet. A North American release is less likely, but still possible.

So what kind of specs does the Grand S3 bring to the table? The phone features a Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB storage with microSD for expansion, a 8MP front cam, 16MP rear cam with dual-LED flash and Android 4.4 KitKat (no.. No Lollipop) out of the box. All in all, the Grand S3 sounds like a reasonably decent yet far from exciting device, but it does have one trick up its sleeve that could help make it stand out from the mobile crowd. The big eye-catching feature for the Grand S is a new biometric security that scans your eye via “Eyeprint ID” technology. While not as fast as fingerprint reader, the tech is said to be more secure.

Right now the Grand S3 is offered for the equivalent of $478.68 in China, though it could end up costing more (or less?) upon global release. What do you think, like the idea of the Grand S3 or not?

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