BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Here at Mobile World Congress, ZTE is showing off the Grand Memo, its new super-sized smartphone that packs a giant 5.7-inch display. That’s 0.2 inches bigger than the Galaxy Note II’s display, and although that doesn’t sound much, it’s instantly recognizable when you pick up this handset for the first time.
I have a Galaxy Note II in my pocket here at MWC, and it hasn’t taken me long to get used to its size. But the Grand Memo feels much wider. It has a 720p high-definition display — not a 1080p display — but it looks good, with 257 pixels-per-inch.
The Grand Memo is powered by the same Qualcomm processor that LG packed into the Nexus 4, but its 1.7GHz clock speed is slightly faster than the Nexus 4’s 1.5GHz. It also offers 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage — though there’s no mention of a microSD card slot.
The Grand Memo is powered by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, with a custom ZTE skin over the top. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA streaming, and GPS.
If you’re into super-sized smartphones, then the Grand Memo might be right up your street. Personally, I found it a little too big to be a daily driver that’s going to be sat in your pocket all day. Having said that, I felt the same way about the Note II for a few days, so maybe the Grand Memo just takes a bit of getting used to.
If you’d like to find out for yourself, you’ll find the Grand Memo launching in China in March, then in Europe later on this year. ZTE hasn’t announced if/when the device will come to the U.S. yet, however, so we’ll be on the lookout for more information.