We’ve been warned to expect a “phablet avalanche” this year, essentially a colossal wave of smartphone/tablet hybrids with gargantuan displays. You’ve got a lot to answer for, Samsung Galaxy Note.
Not to be outdone by, well, pretty much every other manufacturer, China-based ZTE is tipped to introduce the Grand Memo next month.
A few weeks ago, Jimmy Martinez was saying that ZTE was set to push the phablet envelope with the 5.7in L945.
ZTE Grand Memo sounds much better (as do the specs), and we like the cheeky nod to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Memo… Note… get it?
We’re kinda crediting Reuters for relaying the name, which was revealed by Lv Qianhao, head of ZTE's handset strategy, at a press event in China - at which the ZTE Grand Memo was a surprise guest.
In a subsequent interview, Qianhao screamed: "We would like to raise the percentage of mid- to high-range smartphones. That's the direction we're heading.”
As I mentioned, ZTE Grand Memo specs are slightly more impressive than those leaked alongside the ZTE L945. We’re told to expect a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, for starters.
There’s also a 13MP rear camera, 5.7in 720p display, and Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), all wrapped up in an 8mm body.
The ZTE Grand Memo is expected to formally launch at Mobile World Congress, which gets underway three weeks on Monday.