ZTE Grand X Pro

Who here thought ZTE’s bases were all covered for 2013 and there was simply no way the company would dare to unveil yet another Android smartphone? I’ll admit, I’m guilty as charged. After all, it’s been only a month or so since the Nubia Z5 unveiling, in which time we’ve seen the Grand S, U956, V987, Blade C and Grand Memo debuting.

But apparently there was room for one more. Enter the Grand X Pro, aka V983. Sounds familiar? It should, as it’s been (ev) leaked for the first time in November 2012. Granted, there’s been so much movement in the Android décor since then that many of us reckoned the X Pro was one and the same as the Grand S or V987.

Only it isn’t. Instead, it’s more like an overgrown mid-ranger with the heart of a top-tier device, but not the “pedigree”. The X Pro boasts a 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res LCD panel and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex A9-based dual-core MediaTek MT6577T processor.

But enough with the good news and out with the bad – ZTE’s newest big guy comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. And 4 GB of on-board storage. Ouch!

With that in mind, the featuring of a gig of RAM, an 8 MP camera, microSD support and a 2,000 mAh battery can be definitely filed under good news. The same goes for the dual SIM capabilities, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 support.

As for the design, we’re torn. On one hand, we appreciate the color variations (black, light blue, red, yellow and metallic blue), as well as the phone’s overall sense of style. On the other, we’re not too pleased about the thickness (9.4 mm, compared with Nubia Z5’s 7.6 and Grand S’s 6.9) and weight (145 grams, or 19 grams more than the 5-inch Z5). Oh, and the bezel seems a tad too thick as well.

No words on pricing and availability just yet, but something tells us the Grand X Pro will never make its way to the West. Oh, well, it doesn’t look too hot after all, so try to keep it together and not cry.