ZTE may not sound too familiar to you, and that’s because it’s never really been a major player here in the UK. Surprisingly though it’s actually the fourth largest handset retailer in the world. The Grand X is the first ZTE device to be released in this country a mid-range smartphone running on the Android operating system.
From afar you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Grand X for something like a Samsung handset. It bears a lot of resemblance to the Galaxy Nexus in particular with a familiar curved chassis. Mid-range, in size as well as capability, the Grand X is neither particularly thin nor overly chunky. It sits nicely in the hand whilst its 4.3 inch touch screen is capable but not spectacular.
Built around a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra chipset with 512MB of RAM navigating the Grand X is pretty smooth. Internal storage is pretty standard at 4GB with a microSD expansion of up to 32GB. Slightly disappointingly it runs an almost completely intact version of Android’s latest operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, which is top of the range and completely capable but lacking any individual touches from ZTE themselves.
The 5 megapixel camera is adequate but nothing flashy and pretty much the capacity you’d expect from this range of phone. For everyday point and click though you’ll get some completely perfect shots easily shared online. You can also use the camera to capture high quality video at 720p with the pretty advanced functionality of being able to capture images whilst filming. The 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, on the other hand, seems a bit of a waste of space producing a disappointing grainy image.
As a newcomer to the hugely competitive UK mobile phone market the Grand X is a feasible contender but with nothing really spectacular to set it apart. Its capable features and low price should keep it in the running as a popular mid-range device from www.phones4u.co.uk.