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