ZTE on Monday formally showed off its latest big Android smartphone, the 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, this behemoth of a device features a Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel/5-megapixel camera duo.
Other specifications include ZTE’s custom MiFavor 2.3 user interface, a 3,200mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and LTE connectivity. At only 7.2mm thick, the Grand Memo II LTE is one svelte experience; 80% of the front surface is display.
ZTE expects to begin selling the Grand Memo II LTE in April in China, followed by simultaneous launches in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
ZTE, like fellow Chinese ODM Huawei, is hoping to become more famous for the hardware that it makes under its own flag, instead of the gear it makes for other people. A year after the Galaxy Note-troubling Grand Memo, the follow-up has made its public debut here in Barcelona. Beneath the 6-inch HD display, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, paired with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, LTE radios and a 13-megapixel f/2.2 primary camera. Selfie enthusiasts, meanwhile, will be pleased to see their faces are captured in five glorious megapixels with the forward-facing lens. Android 4.4 (KitKat) has been squeezed into the handset’s 7.2mm frame, coated in a thick skin of the company’s MiFavor 2.3 user interface. ZTE is promising that you’l get a few days of normal use out of the phone’s 3,200mAh battery, and that it’ll last for a full 16 hours playing HD video. It’ll start out in China at some point during April, with Europe, North America and Asia Pacific to follow, and while the company hasn’t talked pricing, we assume it’ll undercut its rivals in the 6-inch market.
ZTE’s back with yet another take on the phablet it introduced at Mobile World Congress last year, except this time, the device isn’t touting a world’s first with its Qualcomm CPU. The Grand Memo II LTE marks the company’s second attempt at the smartphone category created by the Galaxy Note and G Pros of the world with a 6-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel rear camera and 7.2mm thickness. To ZTE’s credit, it’s whipped up quite a sleek and attractive design. Not only is the handset ultra slim, but its curved edges and thin bezels somehow conspire to make the device appear slighter than its massive size.
Inside, the Grand Memo II LTE sports a Snapdragon 400 processor buffered by 2GB RAM, a 3,200mAh cell to power all the pixels on that 6-inch display, as well as radios for Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n and GPS. It’s also only available with 16GB of internal storage, which is surprising given its otherwise outsized reputation. You’ll be glad to know the Grand Memo II LTE currently runs Android KitKat 4.4, although that OS is hidden beneath ZTE’s MiFavor 2.3 UI.
In truth, ZTE’s particular Android skin isn’t that offensive, though we were warned by reps on the showfloor it also wasn’t a final build and that features could change. What’s curious is that the Grand Memo II LTE’s two major software additions are exact clones of the ones we saw LG debut on the G Pro 2 just yesterday. For ZTE, that would be SmartShare and miniview. By enabling the SmartShare button from within the app, users will have access to an onscreen shortcut that’s triggered with a longpress of the back button. This floating icon, when selected, brings up an app window that’s geared towards multitasking. So users need only drag and drop their desired apps to the two halves of the screen. Those windows can then also be adjusted according to user preference.
We knew the Open C was coming before the start of Mobile World Congress because, well, ZTE spilled the beans on it early. And here at Mozilla’s press event, we’re finally getting a first look at the diminutive 4-inch device and the 1.3 build of Firefox OS it runs. But before you judge its modest specs too harshly, bear in mind these FFOS devices are geared towards emerging markets and are priced accordingly.
Owing to its budget nature, the Open C sports a chunky plastic build and, from the looks of the two models we saw on display, will be available in Mozilla’s two signature colors: orange and blue. The handset’s equipped with a 4-inch WVGA display and runs FFOS 1.3 atop a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 with 512MB of accompanying RAM. There’s also a 2-megapixel fixed focus camera on back and 1,200mAh battery powering it.
On the whole, Firefox OS 1.3 seems much the same as in its previous incarnations, but we’ve been assured by ZTE’s reps that this new build focuses on enhancing stability and performance. Certainly, in our brief time with the Open C, we didn’t notice any crashes or sluggish behaviour when browsing the UI and launching its HTML5 apps, but that’s something only extended real-world use can attest to properly.
Mozilla’s said before that we won’t be seeing its FFOS handsets coming to the US anytime soon, so don’t expect the Open C to make an appearance stateside. That said, ZTE’s assured us the Open C should launch in Q2 of this year, though pricing has yet to be determined.
ZTE on Tuesday confirmed that it will be bringing a new 6-inch smartphone, the Grand Memo II LTE, to Mobile World Congress. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until the conference to see the full details, but it is expected to introduce a new mobile interface, MiFavor 2.3.
In addition to the Android device, ZTE will also bring a new Open C device which runs FireFox OS and a ZTE Grand Watch (smartwatch).
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It’s not unusual for companies to pre-announce stuff that they’re going to announce at trade shows, and let’s face it — ZTE does it more frequently than most of its competition. The company just sent out word that we can expect at least two new devices in just a little under a week from now: the Grand Memo II LTE with a 6-inch screen, and a smartphone called the Open C, which will run Firefox OS 1.3. It also made mention of a new version of its MiFavor UI, which likely will debut on at least one or more Android devices at the show. Sadly, ZTE leaves a lot to the imagination for now, but it gives us at least a little bit to chew on for the moment.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
Samsung will possibly introduce the Galaxy Tab 4 line of tablets at Mobile World Congress, according to whispers. Details include a 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch model are in order; common specs include 1280×800 resolution, microSD, and 1.2GHz processors. Storage will range from 8GB to 16GB and cameras jump around from 3.-megapixels to 8-megapixels.
Oppo Find 7
Chinese handset maker Oppo is expected to debut two versions of its Find 7 smartphone. Reportedly, one model will feature a 1080p HD display while the other offers users a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) resolution.
HTC Desire 8
HTC should soon introduce a 5.5-inch Desire 8, possibly at Mobile World Congress. Specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, stereo front-facing speakers, on-screen navigation, and a plastic body (in multiple color options).
HTC M8 Mini
Specs leaked this week for the so-called Mini version of the HTC M8 figure to include a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 13-megapixel rea camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6, on-screen buttons, 1GB RAM, and 16GB storage. Rounding things out are Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), microSD expansion, and Bluetooth 4.0.
HTC Nexus 10
Word on the street is that HTC has been working with Google to develop the next-generation of Nexus 10 tablet. No hard details to share yet; rumored arrival is scheduled for the second half of the year.
ZTE Nubia Z7
ZTE’s next big (translate: huge) release is expected to be the 6.44-inch Nubia Z7. Specs leaked thus far include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and a whopping 128GB internal storage. Launch is tentatively March or April, or so say the sources.
Details surfacing this week indicate that the Sony D6503 “Sirius” could feature a 15.5-megapixel camera at 16:9 aspect ratio in addition to the 20-megapixel setting. Recording at 1080p, users should have the option to toggle 30fps or 60fps.
If a Vietnamese retailer’s price is any indicator, Nokia’s upcoming “Normandy” may come in around $110. We’ve been expecting a low sticker because of the leaked specs, but we’ll know more around Mobile World Congress.
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The marquee feature of the MAX is its 5.7-inch HD IPS display, with Gorilla Glass on top for scratch resistance. The phones packs an average spec sheet, with a dual core chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1 GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. To accommodate the gigantic high resolution display, Boost bumped up the handset with a 3200 mAh battery, that should last for two to three days of light usage and fourteen hours of heavy.
The device has a 8MP shooter on the back, a 1MP camera on the front and it also supports LTE, Bluetooth and WiFi. As far as software goes, Boost has loaded Android 4.1 Jellybean on the phone with pre-installed Boost apps on board as well. ZTE is behind the hardware of the phone, hence the MAX comes with a glossy polycarbonate back.
An exclusive feature on MAX’s software is Dolby Digital Plus, which allows the user to rock two apps on the screen simultaneously. And in my opinion, that’s the right way to make use of such a screen, though the phone might struggle to display two apps concurrently with only one gigabyte of RAM underneath the hood though, so that is something we should all be aware of.
The MAX retails for $300 off-contract and comes in only one colour flavor. In case you are interested, the handset is available for purchase from Boost Mobile’s website; link is in the source below.
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Source: Boost Mobile
The $300 device is the no-contract carrier’s first crack at the so-called phablet form factor
Boost Mobile on Tuesday introduced its first plus-sized smartphone, the 5.7-inch Boost MAX. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the handset features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, and 4G LTE support. Additionally, the device offers 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, and a 3200mAh battery.
The Boost MAX retails for $299.99 and can be paired with the carrier’s $55 Monthly Unlimited Plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments (consecutive or not), the rate plan drops by $5; ultimately, it results in a $40 plan. Included in the plan is unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB data.
Boost Max is available now at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com/max with free shipping.
Sprint this morning announced the ZTE Optik 2, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean tablet with a rock bottom price tag. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM, addition details include 8GB storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and 3G connectivity. The 7-inch ZTE Optik 2 is available through Sprint’s website and business sales and requires a two-year service agreement on a qualified plan.
The ZTE Optik 2 can be paired with any of Sprint’s Tablet Connection plans, including a special limited time offer featuring 2GB of data for $15. Additional plans allow for 25MB ($5), 100MB ($10), 3GB ($34.99), 6GB ($49.99) or 12GB ($79.99). The tablet can also operate as a mobile hotspot allowing up to five users to connect; an additional fee $19.99 (2GB) or $49.99 (6GB) is required.