The LG Optimus G Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have a new competition. The ZTE Grand Memo has officially joined the phablet market today. As the name suggests, the device is huge, but price-wise it should be on the more affordable side since it comes from a Chinese Android maker, which is known for producing cheaper phones than its South Korean rivals. The phone should be available in China in March and with a European release coming sometime “later this year.”
ZTE Grand Memo 5.7-inch Phablet – Overview
The ZTE Grand Memo boasts a 5.7-inch TFT display with a 1280 x 720 resolution and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which actually is the first time that Qualcomm’s new chip is being used. The device also features a 13 megapixel rear camera with auto focus, LED flash and HD video capture, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in memory. There is also 4G LTE and DLNA support, and a hefty 3200 mAh battery to complete the picture.
The Grand Memo runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with custom UI on top. ZTE seems to have skinned almost every section of Android, with a custom launcher, messaging, contacts, and dialer. The real fun begins when you want to unlock the Grand Memo. You either have to tap and hold on the screen for a few second, or you can do a pinch-out gesture that brings up a few shortcuts, like the phone, calendar, camera, etc.
Interesting, don’t you think?
Update: Scandal at WMC. The ZTE Grand Memo doesn’t have a Snapdragon 800 after all and it seems that the company lied about the RAM. It turns out the processor in ZTE Grand Memo handsets shown at WMC are actually powered by the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, not the Snapdragon 800 or 600. Additionally, the units on display only had 1GB of RAM onboard instead of the 2GB revealed during the press release. More info: Android Police