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

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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.

Like Eddie Murphy, the ZTE Grand S is coming to America

Like Eddie Murphy, the ZTE Grand S is coming to America

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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posted on 11 Jan 2013, 20:19 1

1. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)

ZTE and Huawie are good at making cheap highend phones

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 20:21 3

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

AT&T or Tmobile most likely. Maybe even sprint

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 20:26 1

3. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 20:46 2

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 20:55

5. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; 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!

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 22:00

6. mydi.maus (unregistered)

t-mobile might not ..busy setting up lte for the nexus 4...lol

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:02 1

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:53 1

8. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; 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

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 01:01 1

10. Robert235 (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 May 2010)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 00:33

9. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 02:39 1

11. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

ZTE is on sprint Huawei is on tmobile

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 14:28

12. sergiobr (Posts: 713; 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.

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