There’s been some differing opinions on whether to love or hate that black camera visor on the back of the Huawei Nexus 6P. Chinese manufacture ZTE seems to be of the crowd that dislikes it, and for what might be a good reason, too. ZTE marketing director Lu Qian Hao took to Chinese social media website Weibo, saying that the Huawei Nexus 6P takes some design hints from the ZTE Athena, otherwise known as the Grand S.
The major carriers in the U.S. haven’t embraced ZTE, but if you are fond of either the ZTE Grand S or the Nubia 5, you will get your chance to buy one this month. Starting October 5, you can pre-order unlocked versions of either phone from Amazon (and other channels) for a ship date of October 16. The Grand S (pictured above) was unveiled at CES last January. It features a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1,780 battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s one of the thinnest phones at 6.9mm thick. It will go for $399.
The Nubia 5 (pictured below) appears to be some sort of variant of the Nubia Z5, but there really isn’t too much different about it. It has a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2,300mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera is a Konica-Minolta 13 MP AF and has LED Flash and a Sapphire Lens. It’s priced slight higher, at $449.
In January, ZTE released the world’s thinnest smartphone in the 5-inch Grand S, only 6.9mm thick. However, some consumers found that the phone’s non-removable (and weak) 1,780 mAh battery paired with its quad-core processor and full-HD screen was not a good combination.
ZTE has decided to fix this issue by announcing an upgraded Grand S model called the ZTE Grand S Flex, with a 2,300 mAh battery. It’s a little bit thicker than its predecessor, but it’s worth it. The phone will be available in September in France, and judging by the pictures, there aren’t any noticeable design differences between it and the original Grand S.
The ZTE Grand S was an incredibly impressive phone we got to see at CES this year. At CES, ZTE’s head of North American operations, Lixen Cheng, said he was confident the device would arrive in the United States before the end of the year, but it looks like ZTE wasn’t able to keep that promise. The latest reports have the device slated to hit North American shores sometime in 2014 due to issues with national carriers.
ZTE has had considerable success in the prepaid markets, but that success hasn’t been mirrored on the postpaid side of things. The Grand S would have been a good step in the right direction for the company, but if the device launches next year, it will be long outdated by whatever the big OEMs have cooked up at the time. Hopefully we’ll see ZTE get something high end over here in the near future, whether or not it’s the Grand S.
ZTE’s Grand S smartphone may feature some premium specs, but it will at least feature a fairly reasonable price that won’t break the bank too much— well for those living in China at least. According to mobile division lead He Shiyou, the smartphone will be priced somewhere between ¥3,000 to ¥3,500 (about $481 to $561 USD), which can be considered an absolute steal considering the device has features such as a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and a whopping 13MP camera. As exciting as that tidbit of news is, there’s no word on whether or not the same pricing will apply to other markets outside of China. Here’s hoping that we do end up seeing the Grand S having a low price because after all— the low, low pricing will certainly help the brand get some added exposure out in places like the States that it is looking for and all.
Hot off the heels of an impressive showing at CES this week, ZTE is poised to make a major mark on American consumers this year. CNet reports that carrier executives have not only been impressed with flagship devices like the Grand S smartphone, but the same executives have been encouraged by the direction of the company and are even saying “show me more“. Additionally, ZTE’s head of North American business Lixin Cheng highlights that when seeing the new concepts and devices, carrier executives are seeing “there was a wow factor when they saw them“. It also doesn’t hurt that carriers are attracted to ZTE because of the shorter development process for its phones— devices only take six to eight months from the design of a phone to launch, compared to a competitor’s development time of 12 to 18 months.
While it had some bad publicity a short while ago, it’s looking like ZTE is back on track to becoming the next great brand to have major influence out here in the States. Let’s just hope it can carry the Grand S’s momentum and come out with solid offerings for consumers.
Although ZTE is not a well recognized name in the U.S. market, they still took the opportunity to show up at CES 2013 to reveal their new high end smartphone, the ZTE Grand S. The device sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro cpu, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP camera. Squeezing all of this into a 6.9mm thin device makes this the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone for now. ZTE indicates the device will be available in China in the first quarter of 2013. Unfortunately, no word on whether the device will surface in other markets, including the U.S. Hit the break to check out our hands on video with the ZTE Grand S. Read more
ZTE is regarded as a brand that has a solid lineup of budget and mid-range smartphones, but is ready to take on the big boys with the introduction of its worst-kept secret— the Grand S smartphone. This beast comes decked out in the latest bells and whistles as it features a beautiful 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and of course, Jelly Bean running the show. While the upcoming superphone will indeed feature a meager 1,780mAh battery— there is a reason for it: the Grand S will feature some dimensions of 142 x 69 x 6.9mm– effectively making it the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone at the time of this writing. Impressive indeed, right?
While the specs and form factor are certainly a lot to drool over– the device isn’t headed Stateside anytime soon as it’s set for a Q1 release in China. Hopefully ZTE will come to its senses and launch the smartphone in other markets around the world— we’re pretty sure more than a few of us out here would certainly be interested in holding the world’s thinnest smartphone.
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ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break. Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!
We already knew ZTE was planning to release a whole series of new phones but we’d yet to hear much about the ZTE Grand S. CNET discovered the device, which will be unveiled next month at CES, will feature a quad-core processor and 5-inch FHD display. The design could be quite interesting as the housing will be purportedly made of ceramic and will be in a “traditional Chinese style.”
ZTE may not have a long history of exciting high-end devices but neither did LG and the Nexus 4 seems to be doing just fine. ZTE’s Grand S announcement is scheduled for 1:30PM Pacific time on Tuesday January 8, 2013.