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ZTE Grand X review

With its Tegra 2 chip and games store, the Grand X aims to pick up where the Xperia Play left off
Wed Aug 01 2012, 17:25
ZTE Grand X screen

Product ZTE Grand X
Website ZTE
Specifications Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3in 540x960 display, 4GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD storage, 5MP rear camera with flash, HD 1080p video, VGA front-facing camera, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1650mAh battery, 127x65x9.9mm, 110g
Price £189 SIM Free


THE GRAND X is something of a leap for ZTE, a Chinese phone maker best known for knocking up cheap network branded Android phones. Despite costing less than £200, the firm's latest handset is a dual-core "gaming smartphone" that aims to pick up where the Xperia Play left off.

Design
You wouldn't be called a fool for mistaking the ZTE Grand X for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The handset features an almost identical textured plastic battery cover, which feels just as flimsy when peeled off of the back of the handset. Saying that, the patterned cover means the Grand X sits fairly comfortably in the hand, despite its rather bulky chassis.

ZTE Grand X design

The front of the handset isn't dissimilar to the Galaxy Nexus either, featuring a slim glossy black bezel around the screen, which makes the display look nice and large. You'll also find four capacitive Android keys underneath the touchscreen, although unlike on most phones these don't light up, making them pretty much unusable at night time.

Screen
On paper, the screen on the ZTE Grand X sounds great. It's a 4.3in Sharp-made qHD 950x540 touchscreen with a pixel density of 256ppi and, according to ZTE, great outdoors visibility.

Although this isn't all that surprising given the phone's price tag, the screen performance was distinctly average. We put ZTE's claims to the test, and took the Grand X outside on a rare sunny day in London. Unfortunately, the Sharp-made LCD panel didn't live up to our expectations, as the screen was practically unusable outdoors in direct sunlight.

In low light though, the screen isn't bad. Once hiked-up to full brightness the screen proved nice and vibrant, and had pretty impressive viewing angles. This proved great for browsing the web and watching films, and did manage to stack up well compared to its higher-end competition.

ZTE Grand X screen

As well as being disappointed by the handset's outdoor visibility, we also suffered issues with the screen's responsiveness. As pointed out in our ZTE Grand X hands-on review, the handset sometimes struggled when swiping through home screens and attempting to multitask.

 

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