ZTE Grand S: Hands-On (Video)


A couple months back, they didn’t even exist, but now with the 2013 CES in full-swing, we’re finding ourselves positively inundated with 1080p smartphones. The most recent to get announced is ZTE’s second-such handset (following the Nubia Z5), its Grand S. We got a chance to try it out ourselves, and see just how well it performs.

While the Grand S is going to make its debut abroad, plans are for it to eventually make its way to the West later in 2013. The phone runs a 1.7GHz quad-core SoC, arrives running Jelly Bean, and ZTE has customized it with some of its own UI tweaks. There’s a lot going on that we like, but it also adds up to generating just a bit of lag; it won’t necessarily ship like that, but it’s something we’ll want to keep an eye out for.

By the time the Grand S shows up in the States, we’re hoping ZTE will have assigned it a price tag a little more affordable than the majority of first-run 1080p phones will see.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!