Qualcomm: ZTE Grand Memo has Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 under the hood, not an 800

Qualcomm: ZTE Grand Memo has Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 under the hood, not an 800
On Monday, there was some excitement at MWC when it was announced that the ZTE Grand Memo would be the first handset to be powered by Qualcomm's new top-shelf processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. What added to the importance of the news was the earlier reports that the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro are both going to be powered by the 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. Even a powerhouse like the  Samsung Galaxy S IV is now rumored to be sporting the 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 after speculation that the Samsung Exynos Octa ran too hot and overheated the phone.

After issuing a press release on Monday, touting the inclusion of the Snapdragon 800 on the ZTE Grand Memo, the Chinese manufacturer went back and spoke with Engadget and GSM Arena, telling both that the ZTE Grand Memo actually has the Snapdragon 600 under the hood. Despite this, ZTE has not bothered to change the press release, which still touts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as the processor powering the Grand Memo. Qualcomm itself has announced that the ZTE Grand Memo is not running the Snapdragon 800, but is powered by the Snapdragon 600 instead.

Additionally, according to Android Police, the ZTE Grand Memo units at ZTE's booth at MWC are actually powered by Qualcomm's older Snapdragon Pro S4 APQ864 processor. And instead of the 2GB of RAM that ZTE claims that its phone carries, the truth is that there is just 1GB of RAM on the device.

Would ZTE, a company that is just beginning to gain relevancy in the global smartphone market hurt its reputation by doing something like this on purpose? For now, we will give ZTE the benefit of the doubt although we're pretty sure that not everyone is being so forgiving. And perhaps the only reason why this is so important is that the NVIDIA Tegra 4 out performed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in benchmark tests leaving Qualcomm to basically say that the 800 is their top-shelf product.

source: ZTE, AndroidPolice, GSMArena via UnwiredView

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Grand Memo
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3200 mAh



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and thus its just equal to the rest. Bad ZTE. Trying drum up interest without giving real specs.

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011


3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

When the site was down, i went to engaget and actually saw that and i though,"whoa! This probably ain't a good device for Snapdragon to debut their 800" and i was kind of skeptical...and now i'm relieved...somehow.

4. Alan01

Posts: 646; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You went where? ;) j/k Alan F.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You know...engaget.com?? Where new-new gadgets are reviewed or interviewed :P Seriously? You don't know? :P

11. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012


13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup...didn't want to put "/s" behind every joke.

5. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Knew it.

6. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

That is what you call "CHINESE MARKETING"

9. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This is what you 'GENERALISATION''

12. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012


8. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

They where not left to basically say the 800 was their top shelf processor, they said that when they introduced it

14. Alan01

Posts: 646; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Which is true, but the failure of the 600 to out benchmark the Tegra 4 left Qualcomm to use the line that the 800 is our top-shelf silicon to defend itself Alan F.

16. nikenturd unregistered

TEGRA 4 devices aren't in production yet....unless we see some Real benchmarks from production devices, it's safe to say thayt Nvidia (or Intel Atom) is king...but right now, Qualcom holds that crown

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Sorry for a noob question but would you know where one can actually see a performance difference in day-to-day usage as against benchmarks between the two processors ?

18. nikenturd unregistered

On graphics intensive games YES, the will be a noticeable difference, an experienced ganer can see a difference between 25 fps vs 30 fps....loading time matters as well, so yeah, newer chips are the way to go if youre into gaming and stuff

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Well, its still going go be faster than the 1080p phones if it uses 720p. It'll run like a Nexus 4 with 40% more steroids. I would take the 1080p myself but some Windows phone and IOS fans might take the slight performance boost the lower resolution provides.

15. nikenturd unregistered

That's not fair ZTE....definitely not fair at all

19. lovefist unregistered

Chinese are known for cheating on products. Melamine on milk for example to reduce expenses. They don't care as long as they catch your attention and you hand them your money. Good advice when buying Chinese products, don't be an early adopter.

20. prince34

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Well..... Now we know.

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