The first-generation ZTE Grand Memo launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, so it makes perfect sense, even in my MWC-addled brain, that the successor should launch one year later.
Meet the ZTE Grand Memo II LTE, which is – predictably – a bit like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with not-quite-as-impressive specs.
Diving straight in, ZTE Grand Memo II LTE specs include a 6in “HD” display (not sure if that means 720p or 1080p just yet; probably the former) covering 80% of the front of the device, and a slightly disappointing Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
On the accompanying press release, ZTE says the QS400 will provide the “required performance”. Am I being a bit Chinese when I say even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 would’ve been more comforting? – never mind the new Snapdragon 801!
In any case, other ZTE Grand Memo II LTE specs include a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera (fast becoming the norm for smartphones), 2GB of RAM, and a 3,200mAh battery.
Bit of a mixed bag, all in all, but the ZTE Grand Memo II LTE will rock KitKat Android 4.4 out of the box, which is definitely a good thing.
ZTE also promises “several days of normal use” on the Grand Memo II LTE, thanks to its “unique battery-saving solutions”. It’s certainly refreshing to hear manufacturers paying more attention to battery life.
Having said that, ZTE is still concerned about thickness (thinner design often means shorter battery life), cramming the Grand Memo II LTE’s internals into a 7.2mm body.
The phablet will launch in April first, followed by simultaneous launches in Europe and that, though there’s no specific mention of ZTE Grand Memo II LTE price just yet.