ZTE Grand S

Two competitively-priced unlocked handsets coming to the US

A full 10 months after it was announced, ZTE is finally ready to bring the Grand S, and another device the Nubia 5, to the US market. Following launches around the world — and even on Sprint in the US under a different name — this is the same Grand S we've seen before. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080p display in an extremely thin chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 1780mAh battery and with a 13MP camera.

The Nubia 5 is a new device, and shares the same 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and camera with the Grand S — but has a larger 2300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and a new design. Both devices run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a few of ZTE's own tweaks as well.

ZTE says that both devices will go up for "preorder" starting on October 5th from "Amazon and other channels," with pricing of $399 and $449, respectively, for the unlocked HSPA+ (sorry, no LTE) handsets. Hit the break for a few press images and full specs on these two phones.

More: Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S LTE​

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ZTE’s Grand S™ Makes a Grand Entrance in the U.S.

Available for Preorder Oct 5, ZTE’s Slimmest Smartphone is Elegant, Stylish and Open

RICHARDSON, Texas, October 3, 2013 – ZTE USA, the fastest-growing smartphone provider in the United States, today announced the U.S. pricing and availability of the award-winning Grand S, a beautifully-crafted smartphone decorated with the 2013 iF International Design Award. 

First introduced globally at CES 2013, the 0.27-inch Grand S is ZTE’s slimmest smartphone available in the United States, and is compatible for use with GSM/UMTS carriers. The phone is available for preorder on Saturday, October 5 with an MSRP of $399.99, through Amazon and other channels.

With a large, eye-catching five-inch display and 13 megapixel camera, the Grand S caters to today’s design-conscious consumer by providing the perfect combination of aesthetics and technology. Its quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and use of several MiFavor applications designed by ZTE provide the brains behind the elegant uni-body design, capturing true user demands.
“For many consumers, technology and design are inseparable. Today’s higher-end smartphones must be both physically and emotionally compelling, and the Grand S offers this winning combination of form and function,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing the Grand S to the U.S. since we announced the device at CES. Our goal is to launch more products like this in the future.”

ZTE Grand S technical specifications include:
•             OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
•             Display: 5” FHD (1920 x 1080), 440 ppi with scratch-resistant glass
•             Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz quad-core CPUs
•             Cameras: 13 megapixels Auto Focus with Flash, and 2 megapixels Front Facing camera
•             Battery: 1780 mAH
•             Dimensions: 5.59” x 2.72” x 0.27”
•             Memory: 16GB in ROM, 2 GB in RAM

For additional information on the ZTE Grand S features, please visit www.zteusa.com/grands.html.

The ZTE nubia 5™ Packs Advanced Photography and Entertainment Into the Palm of Your Hand

Available for Preorder Oct 5, ZTE’s nubia 5  Features Full HD Display, Dolby Digital Plus, and a 13MP Camera

RICHARDSON, Texas, October 3, 2013 – ZTE USA, the fastest-growing smartphone provider in the United States, today announces the U.S. pricing and availability of ZTE nubia 5™, a high-end smartphone packing entertainment and performance into an approachable industrial profile. The ZTE nubia 5 is compatible with GSM/UMTS carriers, and is available for preorder on Saturday, October 5 with an MSRP of $449.99, through Amazon and other channels.

Whether you’re a photo enthusiast looking to capture and edit amazing pictures using a 13 megapixel camera with a Konica-Minolta lens and intelligent stabilization, an always-on road warrior looking to stay connected via countless apps, or an audiophile looking to plug into Digital Dolby Plus audio with specially-designed earbuds, the ZTE nubia 5 packs a punch.  With a low-profile bezel, matte finish and glowing red custom fixed buttons complementing the industrial design, the ZTE nubia 5 creates a mobile experience unlike any other Android smartphone.

“As the software and apps available on today’s smartphones replace more and more of the other devices we use on a daily basis, the specifications for features like cameras, displays and speakers are becoming increasingly sophisticated.  The nubia 5 really pushes that trend further,” said Lixin Cheng, Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA.  “Moreover, the launch of the ZTE nubia 5 builds on our ongoing commitment to the U.S.  ZTE will be working closely with our customers to make devices like this available in the U.S.”

The nubia 5 offers one of the most versatile smartphone photography experiences available through three photography modes – Fun Mode, Auto Mode and Pro Mode.  Fun Mode is for taking quick snapshots and applying filters, while Auto Mode provides a step up in features, like smile recognition and HDR.  Lastly, Pro Mode brings the core functions of a professional SLR into the phone through features like 4-direction panoramic shooting, burst mode continuous shooting, and putting control of light, focus, and gradient into the user’s hands.

ZTE nubia 5 technical specifications include:
•             OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
•             Display: 5” FHD 16.7M Color 1920 x 1080, 443PPi
•             Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz quad-core CPUs
•             Cameras: Konica-Minolta 13 MP Auto Focus with LED Flash and Sapphire Lens, and 2 MP Front Facing camera
•             Battery: 2300 mAH
•             Dimensions: 5.43” x 2.71” x 0.30”
•             Memory: 16GB in ROM, 2 GB in RAM

For additional information on the ZTE nubia 5, please visit www.zteusa.com/nubia5.html.

About ZTE USA
ZTE USA (http://www.zteusa.com/), a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, is a leading global provider of mobile handsets, telecommunications equipment and network solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communications technology accessible to all. The company provides a magnitude of devices to every major US-based carrier generating over $16 billion dollars’ worth of business for U.S.-based companies and devotes more than 10 percent of its revenue to R&D.  ZTE USA is headquartered in Richardson, TX and operates 11 Sales Offices, 5 R&D centers and 1 Distribution Center  ZTE is ranked as the country’s fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices overall, and third-largest supplier of prepaid devices, by independent analysts.
For more information, please connect with us on our social networks – http://www.twitter.com/ZTE_USA and http://www.facebook.com/ZTEUSA.

 
There are 17 comments

Not too shabby! SD slots?

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LegacyEvoAce says:

1780mAh battery LOL

They had a price point to hit. You don't have to buy it.

MERCDROID says:

This.

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Bwahahahaha says:

Great contribution as always merc... and give me a break, they could have easily afforded a bigger battery then that.

...see, I can speculate without truly "knowing" just like you cool kids. Don't like my speculation, well, "you don't have to read it"...

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dan1431 says:

I am not sure either justifies the price point when Nexus 4 with roughly about the same if not better specs is less money.

It is my complaint with both of the GPE handsets as well, they are too expensive for what you get.

Dan

murdomeek says:

looks sleek! N5

jlschulz says:

Excellent, I can be monitored by two governments now, the chinese and the US

As opposed to South Korea and the US?

MERCDROID says:

Fail comment is fail, lol.

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xxjdogxx71 says:

The Nubia Doesent look half bad actually

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klokateer123 says:

My thoughts too. I also rather like the ui on it.

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UJ95x says:

ZTE has no LTE, nice.

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Thomas Su says:

A little late...

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angryGTS says:

A little late.....I would rather spend the extra $50 and get the Oppo Find 5....

Kayone73 says:

The Nubian...very nice

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No LTE, no way! I think oppo and ZTE have made some beautiful phones that offer an alternative to the mainstream manufacturers (Sammy, HTC, Moto). For the love of God, WHY LEAVE OUT LTE RADIOS?!

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