Announcing to the world that they are never behind anyone, ZTE showed off their Grand Memo at the MWC 2013, took place at Barcelona. Featuring a spectacular 5.7 inch screen, the device is the company's yet another LTE 4G enabled handset. ZTE had earlier announced their flagship 4G LTE handset Grand S, which was launched in CES in January. The Grand Memo will be available in China in the starting of March. But the device won't make its entry to Europe till the second quarter of the year.
Here is a detailed review of ZTE Grand Memo.
Design and Exterior:
The phone is really slim. The thickness is 9mm. To be frank, the gigantic screen makes the phone feel and look more gigantic than it really is. Its rear side is glossy plastic and both the SIM slot and Micro SD memory card slot lie under unceremonious plastic flaps, which attracts attention towards them. The plastic feel makes it look less expensive and less dignified.
The screen is both the plus point and the minus point of the device. Though the handset has a huge screen of 5.7 inches, the resolution it can support is only 720 pixels. Keeping the fact in mind that most of the smartphones have 1080p resolution nowadays.
Keeping aside that, the screen gives you enough pixels for a super-sharp image, with text looking smooth and exceedingly easy on the eye. The display and the colour production were also good.
CPU and Performance:
The ZTE Grand Memo uses a Snapdragon 600-series quad-core Krait 1.5GHz CPU. This offers great performance.
It uses version 4.1 Jelly Bean, and sports a custom ZTE-made user interface. As most of the users are very familiar with the out put of Android's Jelly Bean version, there is nothing unpredictable in Grand Memo of ZTE. The phone features a lot of 3D animation in play as you slide between home screens and flick through the app list. Some might find these animations a little annoying however and means operation is slowed down as they perform their various actions.
Camera is where ZTE Grand Memo make us say “wow”. It uses a 13-mega pixel sensor, just like the Sony Xperia Z. The main sensor has an LED flash. But again the secondary camera disappoints the users. The devices features a front camera of 1 mega pixel. There are a plenty of smartphones available in the market with more than that.
The camera has a simple layout which is easy to use and the shutter speed is suitably quick. That means we will be able to snap photos in succession without having to wait around. Modes such as HDR, panorama and burst are all present along with a variety of effects. The camera can record 1080p video.
Internet and Connectivity:
ZTE has packed some of the latest connectivity apps inside the Grand Memo, like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 5.0GHz and 4G. The device does not support NFC.
The ZTE Grand Memo uses 1GB of RAM. It has a 16GB of internal memory, and an expandable memory up to 64GB, which can be expanded using a microSd card.
ZTE Grand Memo is not that kind of a phone, which will make take your eyes off the Xperia Z, Optimus G Pro, Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3. Offered at the right price, however, it could offer a seriously attractive entry point to the world of the giant screen phone. It could be suitable for that session of people, whose wallets are not overflowing with money.
Android Jelly Bean.
Difficult to hold.
Poor 3D animation.
Front camera is not up to the mark.
Here is a detailed review of ZTE Grand Memo
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