ZTE's 5.7-inch Grand Memo Packs 1.7 Ghz Quad-Core in Just 8mm

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Do you remember the times when cell phones were getting smaller and smaller, and if you were seen with a large phone you were uncool? Well, those days are long gone and now, smartphones are getting ever larger but, they're also getting thinner. The days of phones coming in at less than 5-inches are behind us and 2013 is already shaping up to be the year of giant phones. ZTE have already made an impression with their Grand S at CES, packing a 1080p display into a 5-inch form. Now, they're back with something a lot bigger.

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The Chinese company has quietly announced a new smartphone for 2013; the Grand Memo and it comes in at a pocket-busting 5.9-inches. The smartphone has just been announced so there's not too much known but the following specs are a lock:

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  • 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 LCD Display
  • 1.7 Ghz Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 MP Camera
  • microSD card slot
  • Android 4.1.2
  • 8mm thick

So, the specs are not too bad and that S4 Pro is going to be a good processor well into 2013, and with a little extra oomph it'll make the Grand Memo feel snappy, indeed. While we'd like to see Android 4.2, 4.1 is a good start and still comes with the headlining features of Jelly Bean. It's perhaps strange to see ZTE announce a phone so large, when you'd think the Grand S were enough but unfortunately, where Huawei go – with their Ascend Mate at 6.1-inches – ZTE aren't going to be too far behind. As Engadget discovered in their hands-on with the device, it seems like ZTE could have rushed this out of the gate, again to compete with Huawei.

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From the photo above you can see how the device looks in size when compared to the Grand S and, it's pretty much night and day. I'm sure a lot of us could managed with the Grand S and be happy with the 1080p display but here, the Grand Memo isn't offering too much behind overwhelming size.

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What do you think? Would you ever buy a device this large?

[Source: Engadget]

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