Back in December we knew that ZTE is preparing a beautiful 5-incher with full HD display for the CES event. Today, the manufacturer officially announced the Grand S as its flagship smartphone and the device definitely worthy of all the attention. Despite of our preparation for this moment there are three surprises which we didn’t actually expect. Firstly, the phone is only 6.9 mm (0.27-inch) thin gaining the title of the word’s thinnest smartphone and dethroning the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra at the same time. Secondly, the phone is powered with a 1,780 mAh battery. Thirdly, the phone is only confirmed for China, and despite how much we like it, a release in the US seems to be uncertain.
Learn more about the ZTE Grand S
The ZTE Grand S is a good looking handset which has a unibody polycarbonate design that feels a little lighter than you would expect from a 5-inch phablet. The phone will be available in 6 color options: white, black, red, blue, yellow and gray. Some of the colors will be available with gloss and matte finish.
In terms of specs the handset offers similar set like other high-end smartphones with 5-inch full HD display with resolution of 440 ppi. The Grand S is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, features 13MP main camera with flash, 2MP front camera, 4G LTE, NFC, 16GB of built-in storage and expandable memory card slot.
We are glad that being the world’s thinnest phone at just 6.9 mm (0.27-inch) thick, ZTE found a way to implement to the handset a memory card slot for optional microSD cards. However, all of it comes with a price. The ZTE Grand S is powered by a 1780mAh battery leaving the device underpowered for a big 5-inch power-hungry screen, quad-core processor and 4G LTE super fast internet.
With such battery there is no chance that the phone last one day without re-charging. Remember, that the battery is sealed inside due to unibody design and there is no way to replace it. Would you like to have a phone which constantly must be connected to a charger? How would you feel being left in the middle of each day with a handset off without ability to make even a simple phone call? These questions we leave for you to answer.
Whether we like the ZTE Grand S or not, the phone’s availability in the US is not known for sure yet. The manufacturer is planning to launch the phone in first quarter of 2013 in Chinese market. There is no word about bringing the handset to other markets.
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