ZTE Grand Memo hands-on: Can it win the 'phablet' market?

ZTE Grand Memo hands-on: Can it win the 'phablet' market?

Summary: In a crowded market does the ZTE Grand Memo have what it takes to stand out from the competition? ZDNet went hands-on with the device at Mobile World Congress to see what it could offer.

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  • Once unlocked the home screen is more traditional Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) fare, albeit with ZTE's MiFavour tweaks, and the device showed few signs of buckling under normal operation with its quad-core Qualcomm processor powering it.

    On paper the specs seem to largely hold their own against the competition and in brief hands-on testing the experience was comparable with the Optimus G Pro, albeit without some of the nifty features found on the LG device.

    The screen did seem particularly prone to showing up fingerprints, though.

  • One tweak ZTE has included on the Grand Memo's home screen is the addition of a Mi-POP switch, which provides on screen controls for the device that are persistent across apps, such as the back, home or menu buttons (pictured).

  • Hardware-wise the Grand Memo is just 8.5mm thick and while there was no mention of weight from the company, it felt comparably light with others in the category. Around the edge of the chassis there is a microSD slot and volume rocker controls.

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Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility, MWC

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  • ZTE is a liar

    The Grand Memo actually has an old S4 Pro chip with 1GB of RAM. ZTE lied.
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/02/26/zte-says-the-grand-memo-has-a-snapdragon-800-then-a-600-probably-has-an-s4-pro-lies-about-amount-of-ram-too/
    Yowanvista
    • Different variants

      Different variants for different markets. Engadget found the European market phone unbelievably fast:

      http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/25/zte-grand-memo-hands-on-snapdragon-800/
      dsf3g