The Skinniest Phone: 5-inch, 6.9mm thin ZTE Grand S

This thinnest-smartphone war doesn't seem to end any sooner, does it? Every other week we get to see rolling out of a device claiming to be the thinnest smartphone ever. So now, it was turn of the Chinese manufacturer ZTE, which just showcased its Grand S smartie, sporting 5-inch 1080p screen and still managing to fit in a 6.9mm thin case.

ZTE Grand S

It is styled on the glossy versions of HTC One X, two-toned and with capacitive buttons. Nexus styling is also followed by adding pogo pins for charging and docking at the right side of the device. The rather mandatory custom UI, proprietary Palm Manager Software for better electricity use and protecting private information are also in place to keep “the perfect combination of art and technology”.

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and a 16 GB memory are some other highlights apart from the screen size and styling. The specs list does not end here though: Grand S is showing off a cool 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB Ram, 2M 1080P video and a 13-whopping-MP rear camera with flash! ZTE hasn't made any mention of a MicroSD card, battery details and price yet.

The Grand S will be available in China during first quarter of this year but no such information about worldwide availability has been publicized yet. The ZTE Grand S will be on display at ZTE booth during the muchly hyped CES event.

“LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced the world debut of the ZTE Grand S – 5.0 FHD LTE. As the flagship handset in ZTE’s high-end Grand Series line of products, the ZTE Grand S is the company’s first FHD smartphone and the world’s thinnest within 5 inch FHD quad-core smartphones, enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Developed by ZTE, the ultrathin body and high definition display of the ZTE Grand S offer consumers the latest in style, quality and functionality.

“It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

From the full-website display which enables optimal content browsing, to the 4G LTE high-speed network which powers a world-class multimedia experience, the ZTE Grand S offers cutting-edge features for even the most discerning smartphone user. The blazingly fast 4G LTE network allows for top-speed downloading and establishes the handset as a premier gaming and movie-viewing portal. Furthermore, the ZTE Grand S offers smartphone photography mavens advanced functions for more vivid self-photography and video calling effects. With face recognition, anti-shake and a panoramic camera, the ZTE Grand S truly presents a high-quality multimedia option for today’s smartphone audience.

The introduction of the ZTE Grand S completes the new Grand Series, which also includes the Grand Era and Grand X. In the series, the ZTE Grand X is for consumers with a passion for high tech, the ZTE Grand Era is for the most advanced smartphone user and the ZTE Grand S is the flagship handset offering the perfect combination of art and technology. The ZTE Grand S represents the company’s latest entry in a new era of smartphone design, which will continue in 2013 with the introduction of additional high-end smartphones.

“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands,” said Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division. “It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

Key features of the ZTE Grand S include:

  • 4G LTE – Customers can expect fast download speeds of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 50 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.7GHz quad-core CPU
  • Android Jelly Bean operating system
  • 13M AF camera with Flash and 2M FF 1080P video
  • Expert hardware and software safety protection standard - Palm Manager helps users manage mobile phone software, optimize electricity use and protect private information
  • 5 inch FHD screen capable of full-website display
  • Dolby Digital surround sound
  • Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB EMMC
  • Dimensions: 142*69*6.9mm

The ZTE Grand S was introduced at a special press event at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will remain on display at the ZTE booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #36612) throughout CES.

The ZTE Grand S will be available for online purchase in China first in Q1 of 2013.”


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