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ZTE Grand S

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The Grand S is ZTE’s first ultra-smart smartphone, entering a field peppered with rather esteemed — and, well, huge — company (the Grand S is over 5.5 inches tall and nearly 3 inches wide). Similar in most every specification to other biggies from Droid, Huawei and Sony, the Grand S boasts some serious kit. Its 5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution (read: true 1080p at 440 PPI) won’t disappoint anyone with eyes. Inside is the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor also found in a couple other competitors, though at 1.76GHz the Grand S runs slightly faster than its rivals. 16GB of storage is paired with 2GB of RAM, LTE antennas are on receiver duty, and Jelly Bean 4.1 OS is under the hood.

The entire package is 7.9mm slim, though its back bulges slightly at the top to allow for a 13MP camera. The front-facing camera is no slouch: it’ll record 1080p video and 2MP still images. All this gadgetry is impressive on paper, but pragmatics know it’ll only be as good as its battery, which is reported to be at least 200mAH weaker than some rivals (who have endurance issues of their own). Time will tell — the Grand S will be introduced in China this quarter, but there’s no word on a US release date.