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ZTE Grand Memo: a new phablet, maybe a tad too soon?

Authored by: Leila Pierre — Feb 26, 2013

Obviously one phablet wasn't enough for the Chinese company. Just one month after the ZTE Grand S was presented, here comes the new ZTE Grand Memo, a second phablet with a 5.5 inch HD screen.

The phablet possesses a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, is cadenced at 1.7 GHz, combined with 1 GB of RAM. You'll equally find 16 GB of internal memory with an additional SD slot and a battery of 3200 mAh. The phablet will also run on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean version with a personalized interface ZTE.

To shake things up, the company stated at their booth during the congress in Barcelona, that they will be replacing the processor with the Snapdragon S4 Pro. This is slightly puzzling, since the manufacturer presented their new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 during the WMC, which is clearly a more effective and high-performance chip. It's obviously no coincidence, that the ZTE stand's information board says ''Qualcomm'', without any specific number.

The price, as well as the release date, are still unknown.

ZTE Grand Memo vs ZTE Grand S

Why are they offering a new phablet? That, my friends, is a very good question.

There are very few differences between the two phablets: the ZTE Grand S measures a little more than 5 inches, while the ZTE Grand Memo is a whooping 5.5 inches. What's more, the previously-made phablet was even a little more high-performing with 2 GB of RAM and possessed a superior screen resolution. On the other hand, the battery is clearly better than the last phablet, since the ZTE Grand SO contained only a battery of 1780 mAh.

All in all, the ZTE Grand Memo is the slightly inferior model, a little more solid, more durable but lower on the scale than the Grand S, which seemed destined to be doomed, according to our last test. With so few changes, however, I'm once again not quite convinced by ZTE's present strategy.

What do you think? Will you be seduced by the new phablet?

Before writing for the French page, Leila studied political sciences and journalism. Passionate about video games since her first Game Boy Pocket Color and Pokemon Red (she's still a big fan), her current all time favorite game is Batman Arkham Asylum for Xbox 360. On rainy days, her interests lean more towards cooking "Asparagus cream, espuma of smoked bacon" and other delicacies. Needless to say: cooking apps are at the top of her list.

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  • Pete 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    Crazy Town. I love my Galaxy Note 3 but the day it dies I'm going to replace it with a lower priced alternative since I'm not buying on contracts anymore. I refuse to pay $700 or even $800 for a phone. perhaps a One Plus One 2 or a ZTE Grand Max Plus.

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  • Sean Cyr Feb 27, 2013 Link to comment

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2............FTW......lol

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