The ZTE Grand S Is The World’s Thinnest Smartphone With A 1080p Display [CES 2013]

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Just look at that picture. Smartphone vendors are finally make Android handsets beautiful. This is the Grand S, the latest flagship smartphone from Chinese gadget maker ZTE, and it’s the world’s thinnest smartphone to offer a full high-definition, 1080p display. It also packs a quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera.

There aren’t a huge number of 1080p smartphones around right now — though we have seen a handful come out of CES this week — so you may think that being the thinnest device in that category isn’t a huge achievement. But at just 6.9mm thin, the Grand S is pretty skinny when you compare it to non-1080p smartphones, too. The iPhone 5, for example, measures 7.6mm thin.

The Grand S is just as impressive on the inside, too. In addition to its 5-inch 1080p (1920×1080) display, it offers a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage — expandable via the microSD card slot, and 4G LTE connectivity. There’s a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera on the front.

There is a potential downside with the Grand S, however. To become this thin, its battery has to be small, and it only offers a 1,780 mAh capacity. It’s unclear just how long that’ll power a 1080p display, a quad-core processor, and LTE connectivity. It’s non-removable, too, so you can’t swap it out for a fresh one if it dies on the road.

But we’ll reserve our battery judgements until the Grand S is put through its paces. For now, we’ll just admire its form factor and the specifications inside it. ZTE hasn’t announced a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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