ZTE Grand Memo “Phablet” Gets Hands-On Treatment Ahead of MWC 2013 Launch

The smartphone sports a huge 5.7-inch display and 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU

By on January 30th, 2013 09:24 GMT

Chinese handset maker ZTE plans to launch another flagship smartphone next month at Mobile World Congress 2013, in Barcelona.

After unveiling the ZTE Grand S at Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the company is now readying a phablet meant to compete with Huawei’s Ascend Mate and Samsung’s Galaxy Note II.

Dubbed ZTE Grand Memo (V9815), the smartphone recently made an appearance at a ZTE event in Hong Kong, which was enough for the guys over at Engadget to take it for a hands-on session.

On paper, the Grand Memo is more than capable to compete with its rivals, but it remains to be seen how many Android enthusiasts will prefer a ZTE high-end smartphone over a Samsung device.

ZTE Grand Memo is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and packs a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back.

The smartphone also boasts a 5.7-inch HD (720p) display and will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Beat operating system out of the box, integrated with some kind of ZTE proprietary user interface.

No word on the amount of RAM and memory, but as seen in the pictures provided by Engadget, ZTE Grand Memo comes with microSD card slot for memory expansion.

It is also worth mentioning that the smartphone is only 8mm thick and is made of ordinary plastic, unlike the previously announced Grand S model that feels more comfy while handled, Engadget claims.

The device features three capacitive buttons and is likely to be officially announced next month at Mobile World Congress 2013, in Barcelona, Spain.

No word on pricing options and availability yet, but we expect ZTE will offer the Grand Memo much cheaper than competition. For more ZTE Grand Memo hands-on pictures, head over to the original thread. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

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