We're live in London, where ZTE has just announced its new mid to high-end smartphone for Europe, the Grand X. It's a 4.3-inch device with a qHD screen, and a design that will remind Android enthusiasts of the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones. What's also familiar from the Nexus series is the software -- the Grand X runs a near-stock version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (no word on any Jelly Bean update just yet, unfortunately.)

Inside there's a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, coupled with 512MB. Internal storage is limited to 1.6GB, but there's also a microSD card slot around the back to enable expandable storage. ZTE is pitching this device as a multimedia smartphone for price-conscious buyers, and the specs and price point are well-aligned with this demographic. ZTE says it's looking at a £180-190 price point in the UK, when the Grand X launches on Virgin Media and Phones4U, and it's also loaded with TegraZone games to take advantage of the NVIDIA chip under the hood.

The ZTE Grand X is expected to launch in August in the UK, followed by a wider European launch in France and Germany. Check out our full hands-on demonstration of the Grand X above. We've got more photos after the break.


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ZTE Grand X hands-on


Or for those who don't mind buying a phone with a backdoor built-in from the manufacturer installed at the behest of the Chinese government.

I find it really interesting that despite widespread reports about such shennanigans from the "value-priced" Chinese handset manufacturers, nobody seems to care.

You know that if they truly wanted to bug your phone, any phone you buy has that risk as almost all phones are made in China. They might be able to slip it in during the manufacturing process and no one's the wiser. People really need to stop peddling this conspiracy crap.

With Galaxy Nexus available in the Play Store for $350 I wouldn't think long. It's a Nexus, it has Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 720p Super AMOLED.

I have a zte warp now, and it's o...k, but I would never buy another zte handset due to their poor cs and policy of trying to fix my phones haptic feedback problem. They stated that it could take 10 to 21 days to fix and they couldn't give me a replacement to use in the meantime even though the phone was only four months old and well under its one year warranty; GTFOH!

I bought a ZTE phone last december. Was the worst phone and customer experience I've ever ever ever had. I would never buy another one of their products again. If I was offered one for free I would decline it. The release to market state of the phone was unfit for purpose. Steer well clear of this brand.