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ZTE Grand S phone is world's slimmest with 1080p display


ZTE Grand S
ZTE Grand S

ZTE has revealed it's latest flagship smartphone the ZTE Grand S, which is the world's slimmest handset to feature a 1080p screen.

Available to view at the company's booth at CES 2013 ahead of its official unveilng at the company's press conference, the new phone is catching many an eye thanks to its combination of a 1080p display and super-slim chassis.

ZTE Grand S Specs

The ZTE Grand S is a largely plastic phone but one that seems to have a desirable design and finish, plus it's fair packed with features.

That 4.8in 1080p screen translates as having a pixel density of 440ppi, which is over 100ppi greater than the 'Retina' display of the iPhone 5, making it exceptionally crisp and sharp. Joining this display is a 13megapixel rear camera, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, a microSD slot, 2GB RAM and the new phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so is mostly up to date with all the latest smartphone software goings on.

Looking again at the design, it's similar in form to the HTC One X series with a unibody chassis that lacks a removable backplate but has a gentle curve to the back. The look is, however, interupted somewhat by the large black camera section on the rear, and the shiny finish used on all but the white model may not be to everyone's liking.

The ZTE Grand S is far from the first 1080p phone to be announced but with a solid feature set it certainly has the potential to make an impact if the price is right.

ZTE Grand S Release Date and Price

The ZTE Grand S will be arriving first in the company's native China in Q1 this year, with six different colours to choose from. There is no official word as yet on when it will be coming to UK shores, though.


January 9, 2013, 9:51 am

Please could you start publishing the mAh battery capacity on all these articles? It's more important than most other specs these days. It's all very nice having a 1080p screen in your pocket with quad core processors & GB's of RAM, but most of them only last for a few hours real life usage. Why have manufacturers still not cottoned on to the fact that consumers need bigger batteries, in lieu of better battery technology, which seems to have been limiting so many industry sectors for decades now.

I'd like to see easy, instant wireless HD video streaming to all TV's & projectors from mobiles - without yet another annoying set-top box inbetween (and remote) to add to the existing 35 set top boxes we all have to have these days. Convergence of key standards and hardware protocols. Start to make it easier for the public to adopt these developing features.

Oh yeah, the phone. Looks okay. A bit of a boring slab with no real innovation or design, but ZTE are very competitive on prices so I expect this'll sell pretty well.


January 9, 2013, 4:53 pm

I think the mAh capacity is not that relevant, actually. A given battery capacity will give vastly different real world usage depending on:

The number of cores draining power from it

The number of pixels on the screen, all of which require rendering

The type of screen

The general level of optimisation and battery management through the OS and software

Its probably more useful to publish the official battery life in hours, as given by the manufacturer. Admittedly these need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but as long as the salt pinching factor is universally applied it should still give some kind of relative value. A bit like the official fuel consumption of cars, I guess.


January 9, 2013, 5:57 pm

As mobile chips and associated technologies become more powerful & effective, and the physical size and energy requirements increase so the use of energy, through more efficient methods of manufacturing, physical chip design & through the optimisation of OS & application coding, becomes equally efficient. They have effectively managed to cancel each other out. Battery capacities have crept up some 50% from the dumb phone era; 1100 mAh for old non-touch Nokia phones to 1440mAh for the iPhone 5 and an average of what, 1800 mAh for Android handsets today?

But over the past 2 years there have only been major 2 players in the OS market, iOS & Android and in spite of all the incremental increases in battery & coding efficiency (if we exclude the really awful handsets (HTC desire < 6 hours) and the really good ones (Motorola Razr Max > 12 hours)), most phones generally last as, on average, as long as the battery is large. The average smart phone user has struggled for years to get a full day's use from one battery. Why? Because the battery is TOO SMALL! :) Manufacturers chase the marketing mantra of 'the thinnest', 'the lightest' etc...when they should also be addressing 'the longest lasting'.

Publishing the mAh for the phone is important as we'll estimate what a similar phone has given us, in a given area on a given network, with our specific usage patterns, in the past. Manufacturer's figures are next to useless (a skip of salt for cars & phones) as there is no standard test (for phones) and when there is, they are also very easy to manipulate. (for cars)

I know that for a current 4-4.3" android handset that I look for a minimum of a 2,000 mAh battery to be reasonably productive with the handset during a day, preferably much bigger - I always end up buying the extended battery packs. iOS is has more efficient coding and seems to be slightly better at battery consumption but having said that, I have never met an iPhone user who doesn't want a longer battery life.

No, i'd still very much appreciate reviewers publishing the mAh of the battery as often as possible. Besides, this is a tech review site - this sort of data should always be published :p

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