ZTE Announce Less Good-Looking Grand S Variant; The V987

January 16, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

It was only a matter of time before ZTE were going to bring the design of teh Grand S down to other, less premier models, and sure enough they’ve done it with the V987. As leaked devices go there is little info to go on, but we do know that ZTE is sticking with the whole 5-inch display thing. The V987 comes packing the same 5-inch Display but, the resolution is scaled back to just 1280 x 720 and the 1.5 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro has been scaled back to as yet unknown quad-core 1.2 Ghz, which is more than likely going to be a MediaTek CPU. The 13 MP camera from the Grand S has been scaled back to a more modest 8MP which is still pretty good. Especially when you consider that ZTE have the budget-minded consumer in mind for this one, as oppose to the premium Grand S they showed off at CES.

Where the V987 might be more popular overall is with it’s larger, removable battery. Coming with a 2,500 mAh battery that is bigger than the Grand S’ – which is a 1,78o mAh affair – might appeal to those that are looking for a longer-lasting device. Not only that, but, it’s a removable battery and so should be good for road trips as you can easily swap out the batteries on the go.

What’s a little worrying here though is that ZTE’s budget-offerings have not always been known for their reliable quality and “sturdiness” which could turn off a lot of people. Not only that, but it could mean a return to the norm for ZTE, with their showing at CES there was hope that ZTE were going to be entering the global market with its stunning Grand S, but now, this V987 raises questions.

Nevertheless, ZTE are the Chinese company known for budget offerings and with an HD display at 720p and a quad-core processor, there’s a lot to like about the V987. The question is whether or not it will make it to the States – or anywhere else for that matter – that, we don’t know, but if we were going to bet on it, we wouldn’t hold our breath.

What do you think? Do you think that ZTE should stick to making phones like this, for the budget market – or they should focus on more quality devices like the Grand S?

[Via: Engadget]