Jan 09 AT 7:02 PM Nick Gray 44 Comments

ZTE enters the 5-inch 1080p smartphone game with Grand S


As we were expecting, CES 2013 is the year 5-inch 1080p displays take center stage on all major smartphone announcements. The new ZTE Grand S comes equipped with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13 megapixel rear-camera, LTE and NFC all wrapped up in a 142 x 69 x 6.9mm body. Unlike some of the other devices from Chinese OEMs we’ve seen at CES this year, ZTE has chosen a design for the Grand S that won’t easily be confused with other devices currently on the market.

The ZTE Grand S is scheduled to hit the Chinese market in Q1 of 2013, but we’ve heard rumors that the phone could show up in Europe and other Asian countries in Q2. ZTE doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to bringing devices to the US market, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a variant of the ZTE Grand S showed up on this side of the Atlantic sometime this year.

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ZTE Announces World Debut of the Thinnest 5.0 FHD Quad-core Smartphone Grand S at CES 2013

Introducing more High-end Smartphones with Power and Style in 2013

LAS VEGAS, N.V. — January 9, 2012 — From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced the world debut of the ZTE Grand S — 5.0 FHD LTE. As the flagship handset in ZTE’s high-end Grand Series line of products, the ZTE Grand S is the company’s first FHD smartphone and the world’s thinnest within 5 inch FHD quad-core smartphones, enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Developed by ZTE, the ultrathin body and high definition display of the ZTE Grand S offer consumers the latest in style, quality and functionality.

From the full-website display which enables optimal content browsing, to the 4G LTE high-speed network which powers a world-class multimedia experience, the ZTE Grand S offers cutting-edge features for even the most discerning smartphone user. The blazingly fast 4G LTE network allows for top-speed downloading and establishes the handset as a premier gaming and movie-viewing portal. Furthermore, the ZTE Grand S offers smartphone photography mavens advanced functions for more vivid self-photography and video calling effects. With face recognition, anti-shake and a panoramic camera, the ZTE Grand S truly presents a high-quality multimedia option for today’s smartphone audience.

The introduction of the ZTE Grand S completes the new Grand Series, which also includes the Grand Era and Grand X. In the series, the ZTE Grand X is for consumers with a passion for high tech, the ZTE Grand Era is for the most advanced smartphone user and the ZTE Grand S is the flagship handset offering the perfect combination of art and technology. The ZTE Grand S represents the company’s latest entry in a new era of smartphone design, which will continue in 2013 with the introduction of additional high-end smartphones.

“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands,” said Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division. “It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

Key features of the ZTE Grand S include:

4G LTE —Customers can expect fast download speeds of 100 Mbpsand upload speeds of 50 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.7GHz quad-core CPU
Android Jelly Bean operating system
13M AF camera with Flash and 2M FF 1080P video
Expert hardware and software safety protection standard — Palm Manager helps users manage mobile phone software, optimize electricity use and protect private information
5 inch FHD screencapable of full-website display
Dolby Digital surround soundMemory: 2GB RAM + 16GB EMMC
Dimensions: 142*69*6.9mm

The ZTE Grand S was introduced at a special press event at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will remain on display at the ZTE booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #36612) throughout CES.

The ZTE Grand S will be available for online purchase in China first in Q1 of 2013.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • redraider133

    Good to see more options for people other than the big names.

    • Jorge Eslava

      I’m glad there are more options, but I hope manufacturers don’t make all high end phones with 1080p screens. I’d rather have a screen with 720p to save some battery life, my eyes aren’t good enough to tell the difference between 1080 and 720 in a screen that small anyways.

  • Thomas Biard

    Wow, unique look. Its not often that smartphone manufacturers jump out of the “norm” visually. I like it. The back kinda looks like Wall-E’s friend.

    That has some awesome internals as well. I hope the UI is stock Android, and that these are available stateside.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for ZTE

  • SGB101

    Looks great, rally great!

  • nikhilverma

    Design and specs look awesome. But guess people will have reservations buying this one.

  • RonakG

    Looks great really. If build quality as good as it looks like in pictures, it should be awesome.

  • romy134

    Reminds me of the HTC one X, clock widget looks awsome

  • gmaninvan

    Gotta say, Huawei is making some nice hardware these days.

    • gmaninvan

      Sorry I meant to say ZTE lol. But both of the chinese OEM’s are stepping up their game.



        • gmaninvan

          oh come on. No need to downrate the guy. He is clearly joking.

          • TURDxSANDWICH

            Thanks gmanivan. I’m glad someone got it.

  • USS Arizona

    What a lame phone! I wont buy this cheap chinese trashphones. Buy american, dont buy phones from our enemies.

    • gmaninvan

      someone has been sipping the red white and blue koolaid. I hate to break it to you bud, but there is no fully American phone. The phone in your hands right now was likely manufactured in China with parts from Korea and/or Japan in it.

      • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

        Is there even an American smartphone?
        Motorola I’m guessing, but they haven’t made a mind blowing phone since 2009. Are they American?

        • gmaninvan

          Motorola and Apple are the only ones. But does it matter? Their phones are completely made in Asia so it is no different. I really don’t see why it matters. North America can’t compete on manufacturing and assembly. Unless USS Arizona is willing to pay $1500 for an equivalent smartphone, he should probably get over the Asian phone thing.

  • romy134

    Anyone know where to get the wallpaper on the 3rd screen? really nice

  • CTown

    Wow, this looks pretty great! I especially like the black and white color scheme.

    I bet this thing will turn some heads in the US if it had a chance to…

  • HaX

    Ooooh Sleek design! ZTE is finally bringing out their big toys.

  • jamal adam

    This actually looks really nice.


    Looks like a cross between an iPhone 3G and an HTC One X.

  • ben steel

    the 5 inch screen looks to becoming the norm.
    Wonder how the iphone dimensions will change this fall….appears they will still be following instead of leading…?

    • Emily Waters

      Chinese people have smaller, retarded eyes. They need bigger screens and its easier to watch puppies get decaptivated,eviscerated and thrown into boiling hot oil on bigger screens. I wonder why its a white phone and not a yellow one??????


        Now that’s racist.

  • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

    The whole Phablet thing was intriguing at first, but has since been used as the staple for “bigger is better” in the mobile market. Just because “my phone has a bigger screen than yours so it’s better” is stated, it doesn’t mean this is true. While I LOVE that this is an option, more than one form factor of it would be nice. Like, idk, throw a gamepad in there, or a trackball/pad. I’m just saying smartphones are becoming carbon copies of each other. Argue with me all you like, but the main difference between smartphones (as far as android is concerned) is quickly becoming “what brand of phone” is your hands.

    That being said, GO ZTE!!!

  • donger


  • aufan1

    Becuase it has no removable battery, I won’t be interested in it but at least it has a MicoSD slot. That’s a one up on the HTC phones in my book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002275344855 luis maldonado

    Looks to be a good phone to help ZTE make a bigger name in the us like HTC once did. I’ll watch them till they get better. And the racism in this thread is disgusting! Seriously guys its 2013 we’re all people sharing the same fucking earth

  • txbluesman

    Interesting! I have never held one or seen one up close. Looks to be a device that might have a chance, but I will stick to my Nexus devices.

  • masterpfa

    Would be nice to see additional handsets being made available and hopefully for the mid end price range too.
    All we can hope for is worldwide support for devices along with several carriers deciding to stock this and the many new devices coming to market shortly.

  • mike

    Kind of looks like HTC dna but better white than red

  • killrgummibear

    i think it looks great. i just hope they release soon and in the US.


    Looks good. I think smartphones are getting to the piont that pc was like 5 years ago where hardware specs are less important. It’s software differentiation that can potentially makes one company stands out.

  • Max.Steel

    Chinese crap. ZTE has a long way to go to establish a good reputation.

  • LucenNox

    It seems like agreat phone, but what about battery life? I saw one site that said 1780, which seems a bit low, especially if it hasn’t actually been officially stated, but other sites are also worrying about battery life.

  • Nathan D.

    What another monster?

  • melan26

    Have been really liking what ZTE and Huawei have been offering showing so far.

  • Bernardo Najera

    For my everyday use, I’d need a case on that, for sure. And looking at the specs, the phone seems like it’d be a pretty good experience with those high end key features.

  • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

    Do things in China say “made in [insert country here]?”

    And I agree.

  • anish67

    big seems 2 b becoming the norm for smartphones and 2 stay in the game

  • nobile

    This sounds very interesting. ZTE design looks cool and the hardware is topnotch.

  • be a champion


  • RubbaDubba

    You realize that China borders the PACIFIC, right?