Update: Looks like ZTE may be fibbing a bit on the specs of this device, at least in what it's showing off as the "Grand Memo" at MWC...

Say hello to the newest entrant into the bigger-than-a-phone-but-not-quite-a-tablet arena: ZTE's Grand Memo. It's a massive 5.7" device with a resolution of 1280x720, Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB built-in storage, and a 13MP camera, running Android 4.1. While a 1080p display would've been a nice addition, there's no denying that the Grand Memo is quite a powerful device.

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It has a few ZTE-specific tweaks going on, as well – like a safe driving experience with car mode (creatively named, no?), ZTE’s Mifavor for a simplified user experience, and ZTE Z-Cloud... because Dropbox isn't good enough or something. You may have noticed the very obvious "back" button in the middle of the screen in the pictures. That's a thing ZTE is doing on the Grand Memo that allows the navigation buttons to be called up basically anywhere on the screen (see the third shot above), because apparently a row of nav buttons at the bottom just wasn't doing the trick. There's also a slew of 3D animations all over the place. Thankfully, everything seems to be quite fluid.

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The Grand Memo is set to make itself available to the world in Q2 of this year, with "varying specifications between countries and regions."

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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZTE has launched the ZTE Grand Memo 5.7-inch handset running on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processors.

The ZTE Grand Memo offers the ideal balance between the portability of a handset and the larger viewing and easier touch-interaction experience of a tablet. It features a 5.7-inch, high definition, 720 x 1280 display, and a powerful Qualcomm 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs and 2GB of RAM. Combined with a 13MP rear-facing camera, 1MP front-facing camera and 1080 HD video playback, this gives users a smooth, high quality multimedia experience that is perfect for gaming and video.

The Grand Memo caters to those who are always on-the-go, with voice-response technology which allows users to answer calls safely while driving, and A-GPS and car-mode navigation system for high quality mapping and directions. It comes with a HD version of ZTE’s Mifavor user interface that is specially designed for smartphones, providing a simpler user experience, and ZTE’s Z Cloud service for the security and access-anywhere provided by cloud services. It also includes a 3200mAh battery for super-long standby time.

“The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors target premium mobile and computing devices. They are designed to deliver outstanding overall user experience, expand the possibilities of seamless connected computing and enable brand new mobile experiences while maintaining industry-leading battery performance.

“Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms are at the heart of over 770 announced smartphones and tablets, and we are thrilled to work with ZTE to bring the Grand Memo to consumers,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.

The Grand Memo is a slim 8.5mm, ensuring that its advanced performance is matched by its sleek appearance. The 1080P HD video and 13MP rear-facing Intelligent Camera, coupled with the 16GB storage memory make movie watching as sharp and detailed as the capturing of users’ own multimedia. Combined with high-speed LTE capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, integrated Qualcomm WCN3680 802.11ac/.11n dual-band Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth solution for high-bandwidth communications, MHL and DLNA connectivity for mobile entertainment, the ZTE Grand Memo is perfectly suited for both personal and office use.

“We have really tried to make this device fun for use at home, and practical for use in the office. By combining both of these factors, we have created a well-rounded large-screen handset that is suitable for any situation. It’s perfect for videos, gaming and music, and also for sending e-mails, checking news and making calls on the go. For those with a busy lifestyle, the ZTE Grand Memo will be indispensable,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE.

Key specifications of the Grand Memo

  • Android 4.1 - Jelly bean
  • Thickness: 8.5mm
  • 5.7inch, HD.TFT, 16M color, multi-touch capacitive screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
  • 3200mAh super-long standby battery
  • Memory: 16GB Rom +2GB RAM
  • Mifavour UI user interface
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro
  • LTE 100/50Mbps
  • 13MP Intelligent AF Camera with face recognition and panorama,1MP front-facing camera, 1080p HD video playback

The ZTE Grand Memo is on display at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona at Stand 3C64/3C74, Hall 3. ZTE Grand Memo is expected to launch the second quarter of 2013 with specifications varying between countries and regions.

ZTE is the 4th biggest handset manufacturer in the world according to IDC, a leading provider of global ICT market research and advisory services.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Snapdragon 800 O_O o_o O_o o_O

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

      In theory it could be great, but it was pretty choppy in reality. The software is definitely not ready for prime time yet.

      But yeah, Snapdragon 800. Drool.

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

        OK, ZTE is full of shit.

  • Martin T

    Wow this looks like an interesting device ;)

  • Marsg

    Has anyone benched it yet?

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

      I just did, we're about to post the benches.

      • Marsg

        Thanks, it seemed kind of fishy that ZTE had the S800 when all the other bigger names are incorporating the s600 into their devices, guess this clears it all up.

  • Ivan Myring

    I like the idea of a snapdragon 800 processor, but is there really much point in it as opposed to the s4 pro.
    Anyway it's ZTE they never release anything on time.

  • Chronus719

    Were you all able to run Quadrant to see how it stacks up (theoretically) to the T4?

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

      All of the ones we tried seemed to be offline on the floor. We can probably try it tomorrow.

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

      Just ran Quadrant and Antutu - check the front page within the hour.

      • Chronus719

        Just saw the article. Too bad about the BS. AP still rocks my Android socks though.

  • rap

    With "memo" in the name, I'd expect a built in stylus.

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

    Btw, something boggling I wanted to point out: only 1GB of RAM. That makes no sense to me.

    The 3200 mAh battery is really nice on the other hand.

    • John O’Connor

      Hey Artem, the press release and OP state 2GB RAM. Was it not available at press time?

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

        Interesting. The spec sheet next to the device definitely said 1GB. I looked at it 3 times. It's more than likely wrong then, I mean the people around the phones had no idea what was going on and could barely speak English.

        I had a team of 4 ZTE guys trying to figure out what "press photos" meant. Eventually, they quoted me a price of the phone in yuan because they concluded I was saying "price."

        • Mike Reid

          Welcome to ZTE "support". LOL.

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

        Lots of sites got confused by ZTE's mistake and reported 1GB in their hands-on. Even TheVerge: http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/25/4026958/zte-grand-memo-hands-on-photos-video

        • John O’Connor

          I'll attribute that to something being "lost in translation." Can you or whomever is in Barcelona confirm the correct amount of RAM through the device settings on the actual handset.

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

            It's midnight here now but I'll try tomorrow. Any idea how to do this without a network connection or adb?

          • John O’Connor

            Short of those useful tools we can find an approximate value by going into settings/application(or is it application manager?) and swiping over to the running processes screen.

            At least this should show you how much (user available) RAM is free and what's currently in use. Obviously the total of used plus free memory should be somewhere in the ballpark of the actual installed RAM at least on Android 4 and up devices.

            On my GNote 2, I have 1.1gb used and 700mb free for roughly 1.8gb. I assume there is about 200mb that is either system reserved or samsung is measuring ram in a bit vs byte amount.

            Let us know if that yields any fruit! Thanks again for all of the hard work you guys do at AP!

          • abdulhadi

            go to settings >Application manager>then to the running tab !!

            I hope it work!!

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

        OK, ZTE is full of shit. We're writing a post about it.

        It has 1GB of RAM and doesn't have a Snapdragon 800. And it benches like a One X+ at best.

        • John O’Connor

          Well there goes all hope of redemption in the first world market.

    • spydie

      big deal, a whole 100 mah than the note 2

    • abdulhadi

      Hi can you check what speed it clocked at !!!

      many site said 1.5GHz but i think it go from 2GHz up to 2.3GHz!!

      we need antutu benchmark score !!
      and its the best way to know at what speed the phone clock at!!

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

        It's actually a 1.5GHz, and ZTE has lied about most of the specs.

        • abdulhadi

          that not good for the company to lie

          bad move ZTE!!

          I dont think i can trust Zte agian !!

          why chines company always lie or cheat !!!

          huawei cheat in antutu !!

          and zte lie in the specs!!

          no wonder why samsung is the best !!!

        • abdulhadi

          bad move zte

          why chines company always cheat or lie

          1: huawei cheat in the Antutu

          2: zte lie about the specs of the phone !!

          no wonder why samsung is the best !!

  • Gino

    Nice ZTE! Perfect SPECS!!! You can beat Samsung if the price of Grand Memo is lower than Note 2 & S3.

  • jackennils

    Another Galaxy S2 clone...

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

      This is nothing like the Galaxy S II.

      • Jamie

        Perhaps he meant Note

  • Jaime Larios

    Strange... wasn't the 800 going to be released in the second half of the year? The htc one has the snapDragon 600...
    And it is also the rumored processor for the SIV

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

      Yup, and ZTE BS'ed everyone, probably for publicity, or because their PR has no clue what they're doing.

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    I played with the ZTE Grande S LTE at CES and was impressed by the screen and build quality. But the UI experience was really choppy and laggy. Wasn't able to check Nova Launcher or Apex on them though. Seems kinda bold to build a phone UI that drags down an S4 Pro quad core though.

  • Kurt Gomez

    hey... apparently qualcomm has just stated that it's running on a snapdragon 600.... not 800...


    i had my doubts initially... never expected ZTE to be the world's first to have a crack at the 800

  • Kurt Gomez

    hey... qualcomm apparently just said that the phone runs on a snapdragon 600... not the 800... i was a bit skeptical anyway... don't expect zte etc to be the first to have a crack at the 800



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

      Yup, they're right. It's a 600 and has 1GB of RAM, but they made something so shitty that it benchmarks like a phone from a year ago.

  • ling

    i recently bought my zte v956 unit, since it is the cheapest quadcore smartphone in the market so far. normally, it functioned well, browsing is fast ... after a month, came the problem, my mifavor launcher stopped working or functioning. Everytime i open an application, whether a message, a game, even settings, a menu prompt would always appear saying "UNFORTUNATELY MIFAVOR LAUNCHER STOPPED."

    so what do i do? can i retrieve back the apps inorder to be operational again? i checked for its properties on my phone, it wasn't even disabled in the first place, so it just literally stopped working.