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ZTE announced a new handsets for China called the Grand Era U985 today. It's boasting a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera, and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Although ZTE is touting the Grand Era U985 as "the world's slimmest quad-core smartphone" at an average 8.6 mm thickness, it's done out by the recently-announced LG Optimus G, which is only 8.45 mm thick. At its slimmest part the Grand Era U985 is 7.9 mm, however, so take that as you will. 

ZTE is planning on showing off a few other handsets soon, including the quad-core Grand Era V985 and the Grand Era LTE, as well as the lower-end Grand V970 and Grand U930. We'll be keeping an eye out for those.  The Grand Era U985 is due to launch in China within the next couple of days with full support for the local TD-SCDMA network.

It's a little hard to get especially excited about something just launching in China, and there doesn't seem to be a lot here that would make anyone seriously wish it was available stateside. Besides, how big of a deal is slimness at this point? Does a difference of a millimeter or two of thickness really matter to you?

Source: ZTE


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ZTE announces super-slim quad-core Grand Era U985


Honestly, the thickness of a phone isn't a problem for me. I don't see why these companies are trying to one up each other with thinner and thinner phones. To me, if the phone is too thin then it's not comfortable.

The Droid RAZR, was too thin, it didn't feel right in my hand because it was too flat and I couldn't really use one hand to operate it because it didn't contour to my hand and I have huge hands. Exchanged it for a Galaxy Nexus, a phone that's bigger, but thicker and contours to the hand much better.

Just because Apple puts more effort on how the phone looks physically that doesn't mean that everyone else has to follow suit.

Everyone: What new features are built into the OS?
Everyone: What about it's internals?

Function over form please.

Nexus? Motorola? From the front this thing screams iPhone in my opinion, more so than anything Samsung has released.
When are these manufacturers going to start getting "creative"?

waiting for somebody to say this as this has got to be the most Iphone looking phone on the market, makes the sammy look completely different

If Apple was able to win a "trade dress" patent against Samsung for phones that, to me, don't look anything like an iPhone, Apple will have a field day with this one and a couple others I saw announced recently.

I agree. Baby got back! Seriously though, the back is ugly. Unless there's an unusually large sensor packed in, that camera hump is just not attractive at all.