ZTE Announces Grand Memo Flagship Smartphone

At its Mobile Web Congress press meet in Barcelona, ZTE announced its flagship handset of the season, the Grand Memo. Built in the 5.5-inch phone/tablet intermediate form-factor, it can beam visuals at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. What sets it apart from a dozen other devices in its class is what it packs under its hood.

The Grand Memo from ZTE is the industry's first mobile handset running Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which is the company's fastest mobile device SoC. It packs a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 1.50 GHz (although it's capable of speeds of up to 2.30 GHz), and Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon v5 DSP, and a dual-channel LPDDR3 integrated memory controller.

With the Snapdragon 800, ZTE is clearly gunning for media supremacy. To that effect, it features Dolby Digital Surround audio, a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS primary camera capable of 1080p recording, and a zesty 3,200 mAh battery that can keep your in-flight entertainment going from Sydney to New York.

ZTE did not specify a concrete release date. Given that Qualcomm will be able to ship its Snapdragon 800 chips only in the second quarter, Grand Memo's market availability can't precede it. Even then, it will launch in China first, Europe next, and if the competition-starved US market permits, US last. With the Grand Memo, ZTE is looking to take on the Galaxy Note II. Sadly, you need a really pointy fingertip for the company doesn't include a stylus.