The Chinese smartphone manufacturer, ZTE, have recently announced the arrival of their new Grand X smartphone which will hit the shelves at the beginning of August with Phones 4U and Virgin Media. Up until now ZTE have remained relatively unknown and not succeeded in really penetrating the UK market but they are hoping to change that with the new Grand X as ZTE are targeting specifically for the smartphone gaming market.
The price details do not necessarily reflect the technical specifications of this lower cost smartphone. Despite retailing for only £190 SIM free, and being available on contract from as little as £19 per month, the Grand X is better equipped than some other budget phones.
The Grand X is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processing chip with 512MB RAM with up to 32GB storage and is fitted with a 1,650mAh battery. Although not as impressive as a premium handset such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 the Grand X delivers a lot of hardware for a competitive price.
Unusually for a more budget smartphone the Grand X runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is the first ZTE phone to do so. The ZTE Grand X offers a rapid and fluid user experience as you would expect running ICS. It is also a benefit of the Grand X that ZTE have not added much to alter the ICS User Interface, largely sticking to its generic form. When put to the test it was found that the Grand X was able to open apps and load web pages quickly and the Grand X has the advantage of being able to use Google’s Chrome Browser.
Measuring 127 x 64.6 x 9.9mm the Grand X is more compact than the likes of the Galaxy S3 or HTC One X, although not so slim-line. The design feels solid. The curved textured black back cover gives the device a classy feel, although the glossy front to the phone looks less high-end.
For a smartphone at this price point the ZTE Grand X has a generously sized 4.3 inch qHD 960 x 540 resolution screen. ZTE claim that the Sharp-made display is easily viewed in direct sunlight and it is certainly true to say that it offers good viewing angles and vibrant colours. A little disappointing though was the response rate and when tested it laboured over swiping through different screens.
ZTE have positioned the Grand X to be a smartphone for mobile gaming and this is one of the Grand X’s biggest selling points. As well as access to the Google Play app store the Grand X can also access the Tegra Gaming Zone which has a library of games designed to run with the Tegra 2 processor and give an optimum gaming experience.
If you want to sell your mobile and upgrade and it is value for money you are looking for the ZTE Grand X certainly delivers. You get a good operating system, and a processor which is more than adequate for a fraction of the cost of some high-end smartphones.