The cat may be out of the bag for the ZTE Open, the company’s first Firefox OS smartphone, but that’s not the only thing ZTE came to the Mobile World Congress to show off. To get the full scoop on the Open, as well as learn about the company’s other new hardware, our attention turns to the company’s MWC press event this morning.
First up, ZTE announced the Grand Memo, its new Android phablet. While earlier reports from the MWC gave the Grand Memo a 5.7-inch 720p screen, just a tad larger than the Note II or Optimus G Pro, the company is now saying it will be a 1080p display; perhaps there could be multiple versions of this hardware? Similarly, while hands-on accounts described the phone as running a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4, ZTE is now saying the Grand Memo will have a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 chip.
The Grand Memo packs a 3200mAh battery while measuring 8.5 millimeters thick. With Dolby Digital Plus technology, it could end up pumping-out some very nice sounding audio.
ZTE followed that up with the Open, just as expected. We already knew just how low-end a device this will be, as is par for the course with Firefox OS smartphones, aimed to compete with feature phones in terms of price. Like we’ve heard about the platform’s launch, the ZTE Open will first be available in Europe and Latin America.
We did get one update on the initial spec leak, and while we thought the Open’s single-core processor would run at 800MHz or less, it will actually arrive running at 1GHz.