ZTE Quantum

After introducing the Grand S during CES, the Grand Memo at MWC, the Grand X Pro sometime in between and after leaking out the stunningly cheap U935, you might have expected ZTE to take a breather and chill for a while.

But how can you rest when you want to claim that much coveted last spot on the smartphone manufacturer podium behind Samsung and Apple? You can’t, which is why ZTE is reportedly prepping another addition to its already large family of mobile devices – the Quantum, aka N8910.

The new guy is apparently planned as a US-exclusive, being slated for a Sprint release this spring. And while it’s clearly not as exciting as the Grand S or Memo, it might just have enough pizazz to help put ZTE on the map in America.

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The design is clearly eye-catching and different, even though we’re not sure if that’s a good thing. The Quantum is decently thin and it’s probably going to be light also, but what’s up with the camera module? We get it, the shooter has a 13 MP sensor and you want to draw attention to it, but you could have done that with a little more style.

Oh, well, let’s leave these “shallow” things aside and talk specs. Besides the 13 MP cam, there’s nothing to really scream high-end here, but there’s enough to make the Quantum a decent upper mid-end device.

The 5-inch screen boasts a nice 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, the dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor was top of the line only a year ago and you should also get 4G LTE speeds.

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As for the 1 GB of RAM, on-board Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC, they’re fairly standard, but that doesn’t make them any less special. What’s not special is the 0.9 MP front-facing camera and 4 GB of internal memory, but you can’t always get what you want, right?

Even if it’s not an official device yet, we’re pretty certain the Quantum is real, based on the complexity of today’s leak, but also on its recently acquired Wi-Fi and DLNA certifications. The only question now is how much it’s going to cost, but, based on U935’s uber-low price tag, we’re thinking not that much.