ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

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!

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What Would Your Perfect Device Look Like If You Had To Use It For The Next 12 Months?

Some of the most famous words to repeatedly come out of my mouth are “if I get this one phone, that’s it, I’ll have the latest and greatest top of the line device”.  Yeah right, maybe for about a month.  I say that every quarter.  However, it got me thinking.  What would be the one device that could do it all and become my daily driver, say, for the next year?  I’ll extend that question to you as well, the reader.  We’d love to know what you would consider the ultimate device?  I understand that most users are locked into at least a 2 yr agreement and really don’t have the choice.  But what if you did?  What if right now you could end your 2 year agreement at no charge and hand craft/pick the device you’ll be using for the next 12  months?  There are some who are in the category, such as myself, where we are constantly swapping out devices on a quarterly basis.

My ideal phone would have to be a 4.5″ to 4.7″ multi-touch display using Super AMOLED + technology.  In addition, I wouldn’t settle for anything less than a dual-core CPU, preferably by Nvidia.  Having owned a Sensation 4G and a T-Mobile G2X, I prefer Nvidia’s chipset over Qualcomm’s.  A 2 GHz dual core or quad-core device would be ideal, theoretically, but only if battery life can hack it.  It would have to be a GSM device (for swapping SIM’s) with the bare minimum of HSPA+ 42 mp/s radios on board and the latest version of the Android operating system.  Slap on some super thin housing as close to the Motorola Razor as possible along with a kick stand, and game on.  Thankfully, devices like the one I’ve described aren’t that far off. Most of those specs can actually be found in devices less than six month old.   So how about it?  What combination of elements would you need to consider a dynamic device which would allow you to spend the next 12 months with this playa in yo pocket?  Sound off in the comments below.  Does your dream device already exist, but you would love to see some small minor change on it?  We’d love to hear that too.