ZTE Grand S coming to U.S., carrier unknown
The phone is 6.9mm, impressively thin, and has 2GB of RAM on board with 16GB of native storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. A 13MP camera captures video in 1080p and there is a 2MP front-facing shooter taking self-portraits and supporting video chat. The 1780mAh battery seems a tad light for such a beast. The HTC DROID DNA has a 2020mAh battery and HTC is known for being a bit of a Scrooge with its batteries
Looking ahead, Cheng says that U.S. carrier executives seem excited about what the manufacturer has in store for 2014. After showing off some concept models for next year, the ZTE executive said, "There was a wow factor when they saw them." Cheng said that U.S. carriers love ZTE because of the short 6 to 8 months ZTE takes to go from design to production of a smartphone. Most producers take 12 to 18 months to accomplish this goal. ZTE also is a low-cost producer meaning that as the carriers look to end subsidies, ZTE becomes a great choice for them.
Ok, the U.S. carriers are convinced. Now how about U.S. consumers? It should be interesting to see how the ZTE Grand S does against the HTC DROID DNA, the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which is rumored to have similar specs if it is launched in Q2 as expected, and other similar Android models.
1. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)
ZTE and Huawie are good at making cheap highend phones
2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
AT&T or Tmobile most likely. Maybe even sprint
3. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Im guessing Cricket. They are known for carrying the Chinese phones from Huawei and ZTE. Also MetroPCS. But i think ATT and Tmobile as well. I dont know if ZTE even thinks of making CDMA phones. so VZW and Sprint. Not sure.
4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
id guess that it is coming to sprint. sprint exclusively carries the optik and the flash from ZTE.
this seems like a flash II.
5. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
i dont know..but will americans buy this phone if it will be price same as the s3/DNA/oneX? especially that is it made in china and from china (on contrary, most phone are made in chine, but alteast the company is not from china! so no chinese gov related or whatever)
maybe they'll buy this if price with $99 on contract! but for $199? no deal!! if you're a die hard android? wait for sony xperia z and also wait for what samsung and htc and even the motorola-google phone!
6. mydi.maus (unregistered)
t-mobile might not ..busy setting up lte for the nexus 4...lol
7. htcEVOlution (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
Looks super nice. I have a feeling it'll be landing on Boost Mobile, as they already have two ZTE devices.
8. AstronautJones (Posts: 268; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
Nice specs, except for the battery. Truly wish manufacturers would stop trying to make phones so thin . They are thin enough. Use that space for more BATTERY!
This is also best reason for removable battery-at least option exists for buying extended batteries aftermarket
10. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)
I agree making phone so thin kill battery capacity and make phone fell fragile.
9. vijaysivakula (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Aren't ZTE and Huawei banned from selling their products in the US?
12. sergiobr (Posts: 421; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
In Brasil it would be a great success, cause a $ 400 Samsung costs here 3 times more ... so ... $ 100 ZTE would cost ... $ 300 ... a fairly price.