ZTE is jumping straight into CES by finally unveiling the successor to their original Grand S, the Grand S II. The device is rather high-end, featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of storage, a 13MP camera and a 3,000 mAh battery. However, the focus isn’t on hardware, but software. Specifically, ZTE is focusing on voice recognition.
Previously, ZTE has said that the device will feature intelligent voice control technology, powered by three separate microphones. You would be able to unlock the device using voice actions, and the company mentioned “voice-to-phone photography,” which is just taking photos with your voice. But ZTE has something a little more interesting than that.
Unlike the Moto X, which can only recognize one user, this device will feature recognition for multiple users. This will allow others to unlock your phone, though I wonder if ZTE will take it further and create features around recognizing multiple voices. It also features a My-drive mode, which allows for quicker hands-free use of the device while driving.
ZTE has not announced a release date (typical), but hopefully it’ll come out fairly soon. With Android 4.3 on board, it’s already starting to look just a bit dated. However, the focus on voice control is definitely interesting and a good direction for ZTE to take. What do you think of the new ZTE Grand S II?