ZTE Grand S announced as the thinnest Full HD 5-incher of them all

Titles of "world's thinnest" are a dime a dozen in the smartphone world, with barely a month without someone touting their handset's record "at its thinnest part". Yet when this term is used for one of the new crop of handsets with 5" Full HD displays, one ought to listen.

That's precisely what ZTE is using to brag about its Grand S flagship it just unveiled at CES 2013, and at just 6.9 mm thin, who can blame the manufacturer for basking in the phone's svelte dimensions.

The Grand S sports the said 5" 1920x1080 pixels display, and gets powered by a pimped quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro. It also has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of storage, yet makes room for a microSD slot. A 13 MP rear cam and a 2 MP front-facing shooter capable of 1080 video round up the top-shelf specs, leaving you to drool over a handset that China will see as soon as this quarter.

About the only thing sacrificed to achieve the "thinnest" title is the battery capacity. At 1,780 mAh, it is the smallest of them all 5-incher units, and with this resolution and overclocked processor, endurance tests have to show whether the Grand S took any major blow in battery life for strutting its slim chassis on the Android catwalk.


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Grand S
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh

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21 Comments

1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

5" 1080p, 1.7ghz quad core, 2gb ram, 13mp.........................1780 mAh battery-->EPIC FAIL! If a manufacturer put a 1000 mAh battery, a 0,3 mp camera and make a 3 mm phone they will also claim to have the thinnest smartphone? F A I L

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They just want media attention and they also fail at that point

20. MeoCao unregistered

This phone does not cater to geeks. It's a niche product that appeals to many Chinese who use it as a fashion device and slim profile is perfect feature.

17. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They should focus on making the thinness and bezeless phone with a 3000+ mAH battery... that would be newsworthy.

2. marchels14 unregistered

5 inches 1080 p display quad core and poor battery that won't even service one day, crap that's it, somebody who buys this is dumbass. ZTE what are you thinking.

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

design is nice though...

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Are the 5 dots on the left side the speaker grill?? Looks nice... The only thing this gorgeous looking phone meets dead end is the battery. I would rather buy a phone that is 9mm slim and has 2500mAh battery.

6. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

It's for a charging dock.. The battery life will be absolutely horrible on this

5. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The bezel, sexy, the battery, seriously?

7. Imaxxacre

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Great design, but any battery under 2000 mAh in a device with a 5-inch screen is a joke. I don't mind a few extra millimeters of thickness if it means it will last me through the day.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SLEEK N SEXY and 5" 1080P FULL HD SCREEN. but a small battery what are they thinking?

10. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

The Specs are killer period, the biggest question is, is the battery removable. If it is then this could be very successful. Cause any smart android user knows you can just swap a battery and reboot in a matter of 30seconds.. Also what UI is it Running?

11. GeekMovement unregistered

I personally don't find this device any more attractive than the Sony Xperia Z and the battery is also smaller. So fail on ZTE's part.

12. adolert15

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Now go and criticize htc...

13. Mobilephile

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I wouldnt be too quick to judge the battery until power duration is stated. The S4 Pro processor has chip architecture that actually consumes surprisingly less amount of power.

14. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

When are these companies going to learn that we don't care about the phone being the thinnest, it's redundant after a certain point. Just work on giving us a great phone that can survive a day without us worrying about where are damn chargers are all the time.

19. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

go get a note 2 just i did.

15. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

the battery is really small for a phone this powerful..... The chinese are cutting corner to save cost again?

16. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

Nice... Looks like a new phone to add to my arsenal.:)

18. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I was already licking my lips until I got to the battery part. Too bad. They should make the bigger battery version also.

21. d.Sebas

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

How much it will cost? When will be released? Thanks for the information :)

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