The Chinese producer ZTE was once the key rabbit behind many network-branded cellular phones (Orange’s San Francisco, T-Mobile’s Appreciation – that’s them) but is now going into the highlight in its own right, expecting to replicate the achievements of HTC. Following a variety of cheapish Android OS powered devices, the new ZTE Grand X is a step up to the top, with a dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich directly out of the box.
First though, the covering. It’s a reasonable, if unspectacular looking device with a distinctive nasty returning and almost all of the top side taken up by its 4.3 inch display. With a resolution of 960×540 it provides images and videos that are distinct and clear, but not quite as vivid as you’ll see on some devices with AMOLED screens. It’s not as delicate as the best either – nothing terrible, but be ready for the periodic dual media to get it to do your firms. There’s a Dolby Mobile Audio handling on panel though, which allows you to listen music when you’re not using the rather inexpensive provided headsets.
With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, ZTE Grand X technically has almost the latest OS version. ZTE doesn’t appear to have done anything to the OS either, so there’s no customized icons or symbols, just the search engine is unique. Nothing incorrect with that of course, and theoretically it should be a little bit quicker, and an official update to the latest OS version 4.1 Jelly Bean is likely to come soon.
The dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with the built-in 512MB of RAM certainly seems cold enough, and there is no indication of lag, even when operating a few applications at once. ZTE Grand X is designed for game playing too, with the Nvidia Tegra Area shop pre-installed, you are able to get the best of the Tegra processor. Some of the apps are free but most are paid, and our testing device came with a few installed already, such as Big Top THD and Riptide GP.
The main camera is 5MP with LED flash, auto-focus, 8x zoom capability, and supports 1080p HD video recording, the other one in the front is VGA for video calls. Unfortunately, the user interface prevents off almost a third of the display with a shutter option, which seems a bit needless and takes away from the wide screen look of the screen’s viewfinder. Images aren’t great either, with cleaned out colors and a deficiency of details, plus it tends to take its time a bit when taking images – you get a minor wait between pushing the on-screen shutter option and getting the picture, so it’s not always perfect for catching when. Still, there’s a 4GB of internal storage on the Grand X for saving photos or video clips and the storage port under the returning protect will take up to 32GB microSD cards if you need more space.