Those willing to step beyond the big names for their next smartphone upgrade may have had their interest piqued by talk of the ZTE Grand X – the supposedly “gaming-focused” big-screen Android 4.0 slugger landing next month.
Well scratch that, because thanks to Phones4U, next month is this month – in fact, you can get your Grand X on right now on free phone deals starting just the other side of £20.
Don't get me wrong – I know ZTE is a big name in the grand scheme of things, but let's face it – young Acne McChavister at your local high street phone shop isn't likely to have uttered the three letters particularly often before, in that or any order.
But that shouldn't detract from giving the Grand X some serious consideration. It may not quite be as gaming-focused as ZTE's marketing bods are suggesting, but it's not a bad mid-ranger for the price tag (sub-£200 on PAYG).
We're talking a 4.3in qHD touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, plus a 5-megapixel camera and a vanilla helping of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to help run it all.
Phones4U has the ZTE Grand X available on Vodafone, Orange or T-Mobile, though it seems for now you're restricted to contract only, with no PAYG option.
If you're looking to cough up £50 up front, you can have the Grand X on two-year deals starting as low as £15.50, while for a free phone you're talking £20.50 or £21 upwards, depending on provider.