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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  • 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.

  • Perhaps where much of the focus has gone on the Grand Memo is into the camera on the back, which offers a 13-megapixel sensor and is capable of capturing full 1080P HD video.

    Like the front of the device, the rear casing seems particularly prone to fingerprints.

    Ultimately, while the ZTE Grand Memo holds its own on paper, there is little to persuade you to pick it over one of the many rivals in the increasingly crowded category, and with no specific pricing or release details forthcoming it might be difficult to convince anyone to wait.

    All images: Ben Woods/ZDNet

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility, MWC

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With several years' experience covering everything in the world of telecoms and mobility, Ben's your man if it involves a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other piece of tech small enough to carry around with you.

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  • ZTE is a liar

    The Grand Memo actually has an old S4 Pro chip with 1GB of RAM. ZTE lied.
    • Different variants

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