The ZTE Grand S was unveiled at CES earlier this month in Las Vegas. It looked like a great device, and one that had plenty of potential. Along with some great specs which include:
- 5-inch Full HD 1080p display
- 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 pro processor
- 13MP rear-facing camera; 2MP front-facing camera
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB internal storage; expandable via micro SD card
- 1780mAh battery
- Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
- 6.9mm thin
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound
It was joining the likes of the HTC Droid DNA/Butterfly/J Butterfly, Sony's Xperia Z and many others in the 5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM category. Today the Grand S went on sale in China for about 4,799 Yuan which equals out to about $760 in the US. Which is much higher than what was previously rumored. It was rumored to previously be going on sale for $640, which is still a bit expensive in the US but still cheaper than what it is on sale for in China.
Now it is still cheaper than the Xperia Z which is priced at about $870 USD in Europe, but ZTE's other 5-inch 1080p phone, the Nubia Z5 is priced at $540 and there isn't much of a difference between the Grand S and the Nubia Z5. Apart from the processor speed and the battery size. So why the huge $200 difference between the two?
it does look like there is hope for ZTE after all. Currently the Grand S is only available in "selected" stores across China, and the US launch is imminent. We'd expect a drop in the price coming soon when ZTE does launch the device in other markets, including the US. For the Grand S to be a big seller in the US, it would need to be dropped below $550. If they want the device flying off the shelves it'll need to be around $400-450.
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