Sprint is testing a device from ZTE tentatively called the Quantum with model number N8910, Android Police learned recently. The Quantum has mid to high-end specs with its 5" 720p screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, a 13MP camera, NFC, and Sprint's 4G LTE.

The device runs Android 4.1.2, which isn't currently the latest iteration of Android, but in line with most newer devices on the market today outside of the Nexus line and the Galaxy S4.

The lack of 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and something like an S4 Pro (or newer) upgrade separate the Pro from the current flagships, but then again - did anyone really expect a ZTE phone on Sprint to suddenly blow everyone else out of the water?

Here's the full rundown of the specs we were able to gather from the anonymous tipster and the set of AnTuTu benchmark screens:

  • 5" 720p screen (320 dpi) with "terribad viewing angles," according to our tipster
  • Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 @ 1.5GHz with Adreno 225 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.5GB ROM + 4GB internal memory (based on AnTuTu screenshots)
  • 13.0 MP rear camera
  • 0.9 MP front-facing camera
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dual-band
  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2)
  • 3 capacitive buttons - no virtual buttons for you
  • Sprint 4G LTE
  • Could be a global phone as it has a SIM slot, whereas Sprint has always done embedded SIMs for LTE before.

As you can see, the Quantum is not quite the Grand S and not quite the Grand Memo - it's kind of doing its own thing, showing off its unusually large rear camera plate.

To add credibility to this leak, the N8910 recently received both Wi-Fi and DLNA certifications. Of course, nothing is official until it's official, so we'll just let Sprint take it from here.

And now for the photo session:

wm_quantum_0003 wm_quantum_0006 wm_quantum_0005

wm_quantum_0007 wm_quantum_0008 wm_quantum_0001

wm_quantum_0004 wm_quantum_0009 wm_quantum_0010

wm_antutu_0001 wm_antutu_0002 wm_antutu_0003

wm_antutu_0004 wm_mipop_0001 wm_mipop_0002

Thanks, anon!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

    come on that processor in a 5 inch phone in 2013?

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

      It's not a bad processor - my guess is it's not really meant to be super high-end. Just more of a mid-range in the $99 category.

      • jonathan3579

        I'm surprised they aren't using the S4 Plus processor at the very least. I think the S4 is a good processor but it's now on the lower end in my opinion.

        Edit: That camera design... Ugh, it's hideous.

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

          The MSM8960 is actually an S4 Plus. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)

          • jonathan3579

            I was implying the overclocked (1.7GHz?) with the Adreno 320 GPU.

          • HotInEER

            I agree. These specs are not bad for a mid end phone. A year or so ago and these specs would have been mouth watering. Phones have really come a long way and this on contract for free or $99 is a nice phone for certain people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

        if it sells for more then 99 sprint is smoking crack

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    If those were on-screen buttons, this phone would look perfect. On the other hand, its specs aren't that great.

  • Ionuț Leonte

    1.5GB of storage ... wait, what ?

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

      Oh, guess that's storage for apps and ROM. I'll clarify this.

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

      I've updated the post - according to AnTuTu, it looks like 1.5GB + 4GB of internal storage, probably for different partitions (ROM vs built-in /sdcard).

  • Sigamreborn

    Looks like Quickly in the first pic in the notification pulldown. glad to see even leaked zte phones are using it these days.

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

      My guess is the tester installed that, not ZTE.

      • Sigamreborn

        haha i would imagine so, still just funny to see an app i use every day on a phone that is supposed to be hush hush.

    • XBIRDIE98

      The app looks interesting. Does anyone have a play link?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    It looks like it has a tumor.

    • XBIRDIE98

      Indeed. The camera module looks quite odd.


    The Mi-Pop functionality looks interesting. Is there any more info on how this works?

  • John Aratsky Hopkins

    Does design not matter to ZTE? This has to be the ugliest phone since the Galaxy Ace

    • http://www.facebook.com/Zerounodos Manoleta Bocchia de Coussillan

      You mean the Galaxy iPhone?

  • mgamerz

    What currently on-market (not announced - one I could go buy RIGHT NOW) phone has 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and something like an S4 Pro?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Zerounodos Manoleta Bocchia de Coussillan

      US version of the Galaxy S3, and the Note 2 are the ones that I know about that have 2 gigs of RAM, not sure about the rest. Edit: LG Nexus 4, maybe?

      • mgamerz

        Doesn't the us gs3 have 1gb and the note 2 has 2?

        • RaviShah

          US Gs3 has 2gb and international has 1gb

    • RaviShah

      the htc one is technically kinda out. Not widely but some people that aren't reviewers have definitely bought them. It has 802.11ac and 2gb of ram

  • alex


    • Cherokee4Life

      that's why it will be cheap.. AP is generous to say its mid to high range. I would call it flat out Mid range.

  • DM47021

    I signed up just to say this.. thanks fuckstick for ruining it for the rest of us. some of us were hoping to get to talk to zte developers about problems we have with our current phone in developing aosp. thanks.. asswad.

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

      Wait, what? What the hell are on about?

      • Guest

        Someone is confused; very very confused.

    • jonathan3579

      It's like you're trying to say something...

    • Joshua Dixon

      What he is referring to is the fact that the phone was supposed to be kept secret yet one of the testers leaked information on it... now zte will definately no longer trust the general public... and also will never trust or work with us to solve issues on previous devices with aosp development... if you dont know what aosp is look it up... also... I too say thank you to the asswad who leaked it =D

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

        Phones get tested and leaked all the time. Almost every phone gets leaked. You can talk to ZTE and their support about AOSP development (or whatever else) all you want, this leak doesn't change the fact.

        • Joshua Dixon

          the nature of this "trial" was experimental... yes they occur all of the time but this definitely hampers our current relationship with zte staff which is already shaky at best

  • Richard Yarrell

    Barf on ZTE.

    • squiddy20

      What an intelligent, well-thought response from a 50-or-so year old who claims to be a "real man"...

  • Jana Cova

    I think its a good phone, It has 13MP camera, and it runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon. The cost seems to be pretty cheap as wel of what i heard. I shall post my reviews once i have got the phone.

  • madden roe

    hell of a phone... ll get my self one if its reasonably priced... wish they would ve crammed a 1080p screen instead of 720p...