We’ll end this little American tour at the Las Vegas 2014 CES with the last smartphone flagship, ZTE’s Grand S2. After a year of good and faithful service, the Grand S will be replaced with an upgraded, stronger version of the model that ensured the firm’s success in 2013.
First of all, ZTE wished to make adjustments about the device’s power supply. If the first Grand S was delivered with too low a 1780mAh battery, its successor will feature a strong 3000mAh battery, which should make the pleasure last for 3D, Full HD videos or Compass aficionados – we know you’re out there !
The ZTE Grand S2’s screen will be larger than its predecessor, growing from 5 in to Full HD 1080p. 5.5 in. Its processor will change from Snapdragon S4 Pro to the quad-core S800 set to run at 2.3Ghz. For the time being, we do not have information on the integrated chipset but it seems reasonable to think it will be the MSM8974AC or AB, and that the 4G LTE should be there too, which would be a logical choice as the first generation featured that functionality. However, caution dictates that we do not linger on this point for now but we have found a short video you can watch at the bottom of the page and which should put us on the right track.
Other than this, the device should work with a 2Go RAM and a 16Go ROM for data storage, a 13Mpx camera (back) at 2Mpx (front), with an Android 4.3. But the real innovation will come from an improved voice control system. You will be able to control as you speak on the phone, starting for example with the unlocking of the lockscreen. The concept has been improved so that you can memorize several voices of people supposed, with your approval of course, to be able to unlock your phone if need be. Moreover, you will be able to command the camera and take a picture anytime you want. You will then find a whole lot of functionalities that will of course have to go through navigation controls, which can be very useful inside your car.
It’s no use asking us for more information on the SD or Dual SIM cards backups as we have none, even as regards its selling price or its future availability. As usual, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more.
To end with a small digression – ZTE and the Grand S2 didn’t come alone at the CES 2014 since a Smartwatch going by the name of Bluewatch rode the wagon with them. However, ZTE built a wall of silence around its specificities, but rumor has it that it could be an Arm Cortex M3 processor with a 128Mo RAM and a 235mAh battery.