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Jan
grand s

It seems like every month we get a new world's thinnest smartphone, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE knows that's a mug's game. They've decided to go for broke with the Grand S, which sports a 5-inch 1080p screen (like all the cool kids do) and still manages to fit into a case that's just 6.9mm thin at the thickest point. For what it's worth, that makes the Grand S the thinnest 5-inch, 1080p phone out there. (The current holder of the coveted "world's thinnest" title is the 6.45mm Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, introduced just yesterday.) Other drool-worthy specs include a 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera.

grand s

Inside you'll get 16GB of memory for Android 4.1 to use, along with an LTE radio. Styling looks a lot like a two-tone, glossy version of the HTC One X, complete with capacitive buttons. Also, take a look at the right side of the case - ZTE seems to be trying some Nexus-style pogo pins for docking and charging. Beyond that, the Grand S will feature the obligatory custom UI, and proprietary Palm Manager software to "helps users manage mobile phone software, optimize electricity use and protect private information".

There's no mention of a MicroSD card, battery capacity, or price, but Chinese Android fanatics should be able to pick one up in the first quarter of this year. ZTE hasn't made any announcements about worldwide availability, but there will be more than a few carriers looking to flesh out their lineups with a 1080p phone in 2013, so we'll keep our ears to the ground.

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.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Ryan Fino

    this is beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/highwaypatrol Robert Markoš

    If only it were thicker with more mAh :( it would be perfect.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I'd love a 4k mAh battery in my phone - any phone, as long as it's nicely integrated. Sure, it makes it a bit fatter, but I prefer good battery life to a bit of thickness any day.

    • Christopher Theofilaktos

      Couldn't agree more, I'm sure there's a middle ground somewhere but manufacturers keep trying to make their phones slimmer instead of more functional, I don't mind an extra few mm's if it means a few extra hours battery life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

      I purchased an extended battery for my LG OpV back when I had it. It more than doubled the size of my phone, but it was worth it for the extended battery life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tarek.elghazaly Tarek El-Ghazaly

      This literally is the only reason I'm getting the Huawei Ascend Mate. If I'm buying a phablet to replace my phone and tablet, then I'll use the hell out of it.

  • Elias

    Dear android manufacturers,
    fight as much as you want for the title "world's thinnest" or "thinnest in class". But for each of these extra-thin phones released, release also a 10mm thick version, using 95% of that extra space to put a bigger battery and 5% for optical zoom + xenon flash.
    Sincerely,
    the entire world.

    • http://twitter.com/highwaypatrol Robert Markoš

      "We want a superthin phone with a tiny battery that won't last a day!"
      Said NO ONE EVER