A few days ago, we stopped by ZTE’s booth at the 2013 International CES to check out the Grand S LTE, a 5″ full 1080p device from China’s ZTE. The Grand S LTE is expected to be released in China in February 2013, with various locations expected to see the device later in the first half of 2013. No word on whether we’ll see the Grand S LTE stateside, though the company indicated it is “in talks” with U.S. carriers.
In our brief time with the Grand S, the device was fairly buggy, lagging when passing from screen to screen or attempting to launch applications. Here’s hoping that ZTE perfects the device’s performance by the time the phone launches, as there’s no way a device touting the specs of the ZTE Grand S should experience performance issues, especially a device based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The overall look and feel of the device was top-notch, with its unibody construction and various color choices. Some color choices were fairly appealing and made for a premium look and feel, while others were extremely glossy and left the device with more of a cheaper feel.
One unique aspect of ZTE’s custom overlay on the Grand S LTE was the software Android navigation buttons that could be repositioned across the display. As you’ll see from the video below, the single software back button expands via holding and swiping on the software button, exposing a menu, search, and home button for easy navigation while within an application. It’s a unique way to navigate across Android that’ll appeal to some people, though we generally prefer stock Android’s implementation of on-screen navigation buttons.
Full specs for the ZTE Grand S LTE include:
This article was written by Anthony Domanico
Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.