ZTE’s new 5.7-inch Grand Memo handset
Might be wondering why they’re still calling their latest products ‘handsets’, since with the size they are released it’s pretty difficult to actually hold the device in one hand! We’re speaking here of ZTE and their strange “love” for large-screen smartphones.
Not long ago they released the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate “phone”, and now we learn that they have come up with yet another such product, this time however “shrinking” the size to “only” 5.7 inches. Well, at least they have warned the potential users via the very name of the new device, by calling it the Grand Memo.
The newly revealed “handheld” ZTE phone has been shown off rather timidly in a Hong Kong event, but we can expect it’ll also make an appearance in Barcelona next month at MWC.
The Memo reportedly comes with a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU as the Grand S, an identically awesome 13 MP rear-facing camera, and, we think, an equivalent 2 gigs of RAM. The only other feature known for certain is the microSD support, and, based on a leak from a few weeks back, we also expect a massive 3,000 mAh battery.
However, the display and design of the new device are the two but little details that make the Grand Memo fall short of a top-tier device. On one hand, you have a pretty run-of-the-mill 720p panel, while on the other it seems the silver bezel and body finish make the Memo look and feel a lot cheaper than the Grand S. Then again, the 5.7-incher is definitely not chunky, measuring a mere 8 mm in thickness (just a tad more than the 6.9 mm Grand S).
Bottom line, the Memo (aka V9815) is larger, less elegant, but also less energy-slaying version of the Grand S.