ZTE, a popular global provider of telecommunications equipment and network equipment, enjoys trust and respect in its native market. The brand has a massive fan following in China, just like another big-ticket brand. However, the case is entirely opposite, at least, here in India.
Many people don't even know that ZTE design and manufacture smartphones. For your knowledge, ZTE sells its products in more than 150 countries.
Clearly, ZTE succeeded well internationally. It's problems extend beyond China, though the company has just started to rectify its past mistakes. Of course, ZTE has been struggling to measure up to decided goals for a while. ZTE has tried it bit, but over the last few months, it hasn't had launched killer products. Barring the ZTE V5, which went on sale in September, we haven't heard much from ZTE, in respect to the company's grand plans for India.
A day back, GizBot was invited to attend a special event on the behalf of ZTE India. The telecom giant took the lid off two new smartphones models: the Grand S II and the Nubia Z7 Mini. While the Grand S II is slated to go on sale via Amazon on November 24 - the Nubia Z7 Mini, on the other hand, would be launched sometime in January next year.
The Chinese giant has not confirmed an India specific pricing for the Grand S2. Meanwhile, we were lucky to spend some time with the Grand S2 to record our first impressions. Let's meet the ZTE Grand S2.
ZTE Grand S2: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System
In the hand, the Grand S2 is surprisingly light, weighing in at around 120g, and it feels comfortable to hold thanks to its balanced design. Measuring at over 7.9.mm thick, the phone is surely chunkier than other handsets in the same class.
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Otherwise, the Grand S2 is similar to the Grand S in certain ways. Both devices have similar design. On the right-hand side, you'll notice standard volume rocker, power button and microSD card slot. The SIM card slot over on the left-hand side and speaker on the rear back. Meanwhile, the headphone jack sits up top.
Well, the two-toned rear back doesn't look cool at all. The handset's design seemed repetitive, which clearly disappointed us to some extent. Still, that doesn't mean that the Grand S2 feels cheap and dull.
Its 5.5-inch screen packs in a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's the same as you'd get on any high-end phones these days. Despite its huge size, it's not too awkward to use.
In our limited time with the Grand S2, it was hard to say whether or not all those pixels made a huge difference. Overall, it looked razor-sharp.
ZTE Grand S2 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the box. It's strange, though, but the reality is that the device is running on a dated version of Android mobile OS. The native UI brings a complete UI overhaul with flat look.
ZTE has tweaked the UI to make the phone more appealing in nature. One of the highlights of the Grand S2 is not the hardware specs, but an included voice recognition technology, something we've already tried and tested on the Motorola Moto X. The feature recognizes your voice and is capable of executing things without having to touch the device.