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ZTE set to show off 5" Grand S at CES

Chinese phone maker to join in the phablet throng

By MARK JONES

Published: 13 December, 2012

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ZTE is not traditionally associated with high-end smartphones but the latest CES-related news to leak indicates that the company is getting ready to show off a well spec'd phablet at next year's show. The handset in question is the ZTE Grand S and is yet another device with a 5" display which promises to compete for some of the attention that the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II have been getting.

The device has been rumoured for a while but this week ZTE's global chief design director confirmed that company would be bringing a new high-end handset to the show. Then the official CES website revealed the name of the device to be the ZTE Grand S in its schedule of events. Not a lot was mentioned about the device's hardware in the schedule but it is apparently going have a ceramic case and be the world's thinnest phablet though it was not mentioned exactly how thin.


However if earlier leaks are to be believed then it may be just 6.9mm thin, or possibly 7.6mm. Phablets aren't renowned for their skinniness so the bar isn't set too high. Both the Galaxy Note II and Droid DNA come it at just under the 10mm mark.

It's not clear at the moment whether the Grand S is the same device as the rumoured ZTE phablet the Nubia Z5 but it seems possible. If it is then it may well feature 2GB of RAM and a 12mp rear-facing camera, which sound like pretty standard specs for a phablet these days. A rep has already confirmed to Cnet that the phone is going to have a quad-core processor.

Samsung really started something when it released the Galaxy Note and now following the arrival of the Galaxy Note II, which proved more popular than the first, many more phone makers are following suit. ZTE is just the latest name on a list of manufacturers who are poised to release a 5" device in the new year including Sony who is also planning a 5" flagship.

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