Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE had entered the phablet arena with the Grand S
device launched at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. Now, as expected
, the company has introduced another phablet, called the Grand Memo that officially made its debut at this year's Mobile World congress.
The company had earlier issued invites to the event and has mentioned two twitter hashtags to follow - #ZTEGrandMemo and #ZTEMozilla. The ZTE Grand Memo was earlier teased at an event in Hong Kong on January 30, 2013.
Measuring 8.3mm, the ZTE Grand Memo sports a 5.7-inch screen with a 720p display and comes with Android 4.1.2 on-board. There's a 13-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video recording.
Internally, the device is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The Grand Memo becomes the first Android device to feature Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 CPU.
The device also features a 3,200mAh battery and the company is planning to out an LTE variant of the phone that will sport a 1080p display instead of the 720p one in the HSPA version.
Connectivity wise, the device boasts Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and comes integrated with Dolby Digital technology.
Furthermore, as predicted earlier, to make one-handed usage more comfortable, the Grand Memo offers a nifty feature called Mi-Pop. It allows the device to adjust its keyboard and number pad slightly more to the left or right depending on your hand preference allowing you to type with one hand. This would come as a relief to many users with tiny hands who devoid themselves to the phablet experience due to the sheer size of these devices.
Pricing and availability details of the ZTE Grand Memo remain sketchy, though the company mentioned that it will be launching in China sometime next month, with a release for European markets scheduled for later this year.
MWC 2013 in picturesZTE Grand Memo key specifications
- 5.7-inch 720p display
- 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 1-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0
- 3,200mAh battery
- Android 4.1.2
- Measures 8.3mm in thickness