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ZTE Grand S Makes It Official: Everyone and Their Mother Will Make a Superphone This Year

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The name ZTE doesn't mean a ton in the U.S. The Chinese company has only had a handful of phones make it stateside and they've been way on the low end. Now, suddenly, they're going for broke with the Grand S.

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On paper, this thing looks mighty appetizing. It has a 5-inch 1920x1080 screen (1080p, 440 PPI), like the Droid DNA, Huawei Ascend D2, and Sony's two new Xperia phones. It packs Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but the Grand S is actually clocked at 1.7GHz, while the others are at 1.5GHz. Like the others it packs 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and LTE radios.

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The Grand S also has a 13MP camera in the back, like the Sonys and the Huawei, and it's just 7.9mm thick, like the Xperia Z. It will come running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the gates, and rumor has it that there's a pretty big battery under the hood, though we don't have the official numbers on that yet.

When you read through that comparison it almost seems ho-hum. Au contraire, this phone looks awesome. It's just that we've been hit by a small flood of these monster-specced superphones in the last couple of days. And you know what? Bring it. I love seeing a company like ZTE burst onto the scene with a phone like this. Who knows, maybe they'll be a household name in the U.S. by this time next year. That, of course, remains to be seen. We'll have to see how the software performs, but it's definitely a device we're excited to get our hands on. It'll be hitting China in Q1, and hopefully the U.S. in Q2. [ZTE]

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My only concerns with an Android superphone not made by Samsung, HTC or Motorola is quality. Yes it has great specs, and parts made by quality suppliers, but how well will it all hold up? I've read reviews of the first LG dual-core phone being unrefined when compared to similarly spec'd phones by the big 3. Will the screen develop blotches, lose pixels, will the firmware be faulty, will junk camera software negate any benefit the 5 extra MP has, will the body and camera lens scratch easily? These are all things I worry about when a discount brand produces a high end device.

But nobody is laughing at the LG made Nexus today...

I really hope this phone is as good as it looks! It's beautiful, thin, has great specs, SD, and it looks like its running an almost stock version of Android. All big pluses. And I always root for the underdog. Competition is what's finally making Android great and forcing companies to put out excellent phones. Not just whoever can make the flashiest and least laggy piece of crap, like when Android first came out. Now that Samsung has almost a third of the world's market share, I would like to spread some love to the little guys.