Samsung’s mighty phone/tablet the Galaxy Note appears to have sparked a slew of manufacturers keen to bash out their own massive smartphones, if MWC is anything to go by. Asus and Huawei were showing off Note rivals at the conference, while Chinese heavyweight ZTE unleashed its 5.7-inch ‘Grand Memo’, a mid-range monster that you’ll really feel in your trouser pocket.
The main talking point is that 5.7-inch screen, which packs a 720p HD resolution. It’s a veritable beast that movie fans and web lovers will make the most of, but without Samsung’s fantastic S-Pen stylus, creative types are limited to swishing their stubby fingers over it. Still, it seemed sharp, responsive and bright enough to read even under the harsh glare of ZTE’s booth.
A full 13MP camera with LED flash is stacked on the back, jutting slightly out of the surface, while a 1MP basic front-facing camera does the job for simple portrait shots. The Qualcomm processor is backed up by 1GB of RAM and you have 16GB of storage for your apps, media and other junk.
We had a play with the Grand Memo, and it certainly is a handful – you’ll need to use two hands or else risk dropping it, and we’re not sure it would survive a brief fall. It’s around 9mm thick, so not too chunky considering its enormous build. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 runs with ZTE’s usual overlay.
A UK release date and pricing is yet to be revealed, but we hope ZTE prices the Grand Memo at around £250 to £300 to make it a tempting choice for consumers.