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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.
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