Feb 25 AT 4:37 PM Nick Gray 14 Comments

ZTE Grand Memo announced world’s first Snapdragon 800 smartphone


If specs are all you’re really interested in, the newly announced ZTE Grand Memo will surely grab your attention. ZTE unveiled the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress this morning, revealing the world’s first smartphone running on a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The ZTE Grand Memo sports a 5.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, LTE and a fairly large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset itself is made primarily of plastic and does not feature any design aspects to make it stand out in a crowd. If it were up to us, we’d opt for the ZTE Grand S simply for its design.

ZTE is not revealing much when it comes to price and availability, but they do expect the Grand Memo to debut in Asian and European markets later this year. ZTE doesn’t have a huge presence in the US market, but we could definitely see that change in the coming months. Last time we spoke to Qualcomm, they hinted that the first Snapdragon 800 chips would be commercially available near the end of June.

For more details, check out the full press release. Do you think the ZTE Grand Memo is appealing enough to capture the attention of consumers in an increasingly crowded smartphone marketplace?

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ZTE Launches Grand Memo 5.7-inch handset using Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor

Featuring leading performance, battery life and a 13MP camera, the ZTE Grand Memo offers high functionality for home and office use

25 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain – ZTE has launched the ZTE Grand Memo 5.7-inch handset running on Qualcomm ® Snapdragon â„¢ 800 processors.

The ZTE Grand Memo offers the ideal balance between the portability of a handset and the larger viewing and easier touch-interaction experience of a tablet. It features a 5.7-inch, high definition, 720 x 1280 display, and a powerful Qualcomm 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs and 2GB of RAM. Combined with a 13MP rear-facing camera, 1MP front-facing camera and 1080 HD video playback, this gives users a smooth, high quality multimedia experience that is perfect for gaming and video.

The Grand Memo caters for those who are always on-the-go, with voice-response technology which allows users to answer calls safely while driving, and A-GPS and car-mode navigation system for high quality mapping and directions. It comes with a HD version of ZTE’s Mifavor user interface that is specially designed for smartphones, providing a simpler user experience, and ZTE’s Z Cloud service for the security and access-anywhere provided by cloud services. It also includes a 3200mAh battery for super-long standby time.

“The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors target premium mobile and computing devices. They are designed to deliver outstanding overall user experience, expand the possibilities of seamless connected computing and enable brand new mobile experiences while maintaining industry-leading battery performance.

“Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms are at the heart of over 770 announced smartphones and tablets, and we are thrilled to work with ZTE to bring the Grand Memo to consumers” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.

The Grand Memo is a slim 8.5mm, ensuring that its advanced performance is matched by its sleek appearance. The 1080P HD video and 13MP rear-facing Intelligent Camera, coupled with the 16GB storage memory make movie watching as sharp and detailed as the capturing of users’ own multimedia. Combined with high-speed LTE capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, integrated Qualcomm WCN3680 802.11ac/.11n dual-band Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth solution for high-bandwidth communications, MHL and DLNA connectivity for mobile entertainment, the ZTE Grand Memo is perfectly suited for both personal and office use.

“We have really tried to make this device fun for use at home, and practical for use in the office. By combining both of these factors, we have created a well-rounded large-screen handset that is suitable for any situation. It’s perfect for videos, gaming and music, and also for sending e-mails, checking news and making calls on the go. For those with a busy lifestyle, the ZTE Grand Memo will be indispensable,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE.

Key specifications of the Grand Memo:

  • Android 4.1 – Jelly bean
  • Thickness: 8.5mm
  • 5.7inch, HD.TFT, 16M color, multi-touch capacitive screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
  • 3200mAh super-long standby battery
  • Memory: 16GB Rom +2GB RAM
  • Mifavour UI user interface
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro
  • LTE 100/50Mbps
  • 13MP Intelligent AF Camera with face recognition and panorama,1MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD video playback

The ZTE Grand Memo is on display at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona at Stand 3C64/3C74, Hall 3. ZTE Grand Memo is expected to launch the second quarter of 2013 with specifications varying between countries and regions.
ZTE is the 4th biggest handset manufacturer in the world according to IDC, a leading provider of global ICT market research and advisory services.

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

    Cant wait to see what other phones get this chip. Hopefully some of the big names( htc, lg, samsung) can use this chip especially if samsung doesnt use exynos in the s4

    • Nate B.

      The fact it doesn’t have a 1080p green is rather annoying. Things like that bother me when they skip out on things like that. It’s either missing a decent batt, lack of internal memory, crappy camera quality wise, or something. But all this is missing is the screen. I mean 720p isn’t bad, but why not 1080p when it’s the highlight and standard pretty much now? And with a huge screen like that! You need that thing super sharp. With that 800 and big battery they could’ve handled that for sure. Smh.

      • Nate B.

        Screen* you need an edit button Androidandme

      • reddragonman

        The thing is that the majority of people won’t really notice the difference between 720p and 1080p, but many more will notice the battery savings. I actually prefer a 720p screen on phones, and 1080p on tablets. This one is sorta in between, but if you’re using it mostly as a phone, 720p is more than enough.

        • Prince77

          I have to agree with both you guys

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        The reason they are using a 720p display has more to due with the availability of the panel than with them skimping out on specs. Right now, there are only a select number of manufacturer pushing out small 1080p displays and most of them are only focusing on the 5-inch panel.

        We should see more a wide variance in 1080p screen sizes in 2013, but we’ll have to wait until the second half of the year.

      • kazahani

        I can’t see the pixels in my current phone’s 720p display. I don’t want to pay any extra for 1080p. Plus there’s the battery life issue. Just seems unnecessary on a phone.

  • Thomas Biard

    Still waiting on ZTE and Huawei to bring their flagship devices stateside! They put out some great hardware at great prices!

  • www.phonewbie.com

    It is enough to catch my attention. Huawei and sony has caught my attention as well. I have 1 concerns and 1 problem With them all tho. My concern is that there still may be lag despite the superior processor. My problem is that these phones arent available for me to test drive them. We only get their budget phones or in Sony’s case, we get their mid range phone that is stuck on one carrier. Bring these phones to the US pls.

  • vforvortex

    That phone looks really thin in the pic. Specs show .33 inch thickness, not as thin as the s3 or ip5 (.30 inches) , but this one packs a 3200mah battery. Thats pretty impressive.

  • Nathan D.

    I like to see some bench marks in this processor and compare it to Tegra 4

  • donger

    Not bad at all.

  • redraider133
  • krikit

    Looks really good in the photo, but… my wife had the ZTE Warp – yes, it was THAT bad.