BARCELONA: CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE announced the Grand Memo II LTE today at Mobile World Congress (MWC), alongside the Firefox OS-powered ZTE Open C.
The ZTE Grand Memo II's standout feature is its display, as it has a 6in IPS touchscreen that boasts both an 80 percent display-to-body ratio and 178 degree viewing angles.
This screen shows off ZTE's software customisations that sit atop Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system and offer features such as a Samsung Galaxy Note 3-style split-screen mode, an all-in-one remote control and gesture controls.
ZTE was keen to talk up the design of the phablet, with the Grand Memo II measuring just 7.2mm thick and featuring a carbon fibre casing, which ZTE claims makes it one of the toughest devices available.
Taking tips from Huawei's Ascend G6 which was unveiled on Sunday, the ZTE Grand Memo II features a 5MP front-facing camera, along with a 13MP rear-facing camera with an f/2.2 sensor. The ZTE Grand Memo II LTE also features 4G LTE support, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a 3,200mAh battery, which ZTE claims will offer 72 hours of constant music playback or 15 days on standby.
ZTE also offered some more details about the ZTE Open C, a Firefox OS phone unveiled at the weekend at MWC.
The device boasts a 4in display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3MP rear-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage and six different colour variants.
Jason Bremner, SVP of software product management at Qualcomm, speaking at the event on Monday said, "The two devices announced today underscore the important partnership we have with ZTE. The ZTE Open C, in particular, is ground-breaking, as it looks to bring the world's first HTML5 operating system to many more people around the globe."
ZTE's Grand Memo II LTE will go on sale for around $300 later this year, while the Open C will have an entry-level price that is yet to be announced.
Check back soon for our first impressions of ZTE's new devices. µ
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