ZTE Grand S coming to U.S., carrier unknown

ZTE Grand S coming to U.S., carrier unknown
It's not exactly the same thing as Paul Revere riding on his horse warning Americans that "the British are coming, the British are coming!," but as CES 2013 comes to a close, we can tell Americans that "the ZTE Grand S is coming, the ZTE Grand S is coming!" Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE surged to the fourth spot amongst the world's top smartphone manufacturers without having a top-shelf model to sell in the U.S. market. That will all change with the news that the ZTE Grand S is going to launch in the U.S. via an unknown carrier.

The ZTE Grand S has all of the specs you would expect to see from a high-end model in 2013 such as a 5 inch screen with 1080p resolution and the requisite 441ppi pixel density. You wouldn't expect anything less than a quad-core processor, and on the Grand S it is clocked at 1.7GHz. Lixin Cheng, the gentleman who is the top dude at ZTE's North American business, wouldn't give out a precise date when we might see the ZTE Grand S on American spoil, nor would he spill the beans and name the U.S. carrier that will carry the device.

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.

source: CNET

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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



1. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

ZTE and Huawie are good at making cheap highend phones

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

AT&T or Tmobile most likely. Maybe even sprint

3. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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: Sep 23, 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: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

I agree making phone so thin kill battery capacity and make phone fell fragile.

9. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Aren't ZTE and Huawei banned from selling their products in the US?

11. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

ZTE is on sprint Huawei is on tmobile

12. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

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