ZTE Grand X Pro Review
Interface and functionality
The Grand X Pro runs on the now largely outdated Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, so it's not exactly in tune with the times. On the bright side, despite the modifications that ZTE has added on top, the experience is that of a decidedly stock Android, but with some extra eye candy here and there (for example, icons have been reworked).
But not everything is great in ZTE land. For starters, the lockscreen unlock really bugged us – you have to press the key and hold it for about a second, but even that feels like an eternity. ZTE must agree, for it has actually clipped the press time in half in more recent firmwares. While still on the topic of the lockscreen, it does offer some customizable shortcuts, which is a feature we always like, so it does get a thumbs up on this front.
Lastly, with the exception of a bunch of extra toggles in the notification pane, the rest of the UI, as we mentioned, doesn't deviate nearly at all from Google's idea of Android. And that's a good thing.
Processor and memory
The HD screen on the ZTE Grand X Pro is putting pressure on the hardware as it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577T chipset, with PowerVR's sluggish SGX531 GPU. This is a lower-end 2012-era SoC, built on a 40nm technology, so don't expect any miracles. In fact, even scrolling through the UI feels a bit laggy, so much so that it prompted us to wonder whether it's a software- or a hardware-related issue. Regardless, Temple Run 2-class games run well, just don't expect to boot into NOVA 3 and do some shooting. It simply ain't happening.
Turning to the memory side of the equation, we've got 1GB of RAM and 4GB of microSD-expandable (up to 32GB) native storage. Not bad, but far from great on account of the prohibitive storage.
Browsing on the ZTE Grand X Pro is by no means perfect, but it's pretty solid. That's thanks to the fact that MediaTek chipsets don't render the entire page in full detail, but rather only once you zoom in. This is a mixed blessing, of course, but we find this approach preferable overall.
The ZTE Grand X Pro strings along the usual cache of connectivity options – Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM Radio. In case you're worried that it may not run on your carrier's waves, it's also got support for a swath of 3G HSDPA frequencies: 850/900/1900/2100. If this looks a little cryptic to you, it simply means that it's going to work for a large part of the world.