ZTE today announced the launch of its new flagship, the Grand S3 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The new device will feature the unique eye-based biometric solution from EyeVerify. The patented technology, named Eyeprint ID™, allows the device to unlock itself by imaging unique vein patterns in the user's eye through the front camera, thereby simplifying and strengthening the phone's security and level of privacy.
Adam ZENG Xuezhong, Executive Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with EyeVerify that brings their leading Eyeprint ID™ solution to the ZTE Grand S3. Our ZTE Grand series of smartphones is focused on offering the most secure devices in the market for business users worldwide. Coupled with EyeVerify’s leading solution, the ZTE Grand S3 represents an unbeatable option for smartphone privacy.”
Initially launched in China on January 17th this year, ZTE's Grand S3 recieved the iF DESIGN AWARD 2015 for its ‘minimalist design philosophy.’ It is currently on sale in China for 2999 RMB, which translates to roughly £300 at existing rates. Having sold over 5 million Grand series devices globally in the last two years, ZTE should hold high hopes for the S3 this year.
Apart from the unique bometric feature, the Grand S3 runs on an impressive 3100mAh battery and the MSM8974AC Quad Core processor. With an internal memory of 16GB and a 3GB RAM, the device runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS. The 5.5 inch Full HD display and LTE connectivity will make it rub its shoulders with the best smartphones launched at MWC this year. Other features include GPS, Glonass, Beidou, 64GB microSD slot, Dolby sounds and sensors like Accelerometer, proximity and light. The 8MP front camera could be termed as the best in industry though.
Having made its debut in mobile phones through the Grand S3, Eyeprint ID™ will feature in future ZTE's Grand series devices. It may also play a part as the security setup for mobile payments and other applications.
ZTE hasn't announced the release dates and exact prices of the Grand S3 in Europe and the United States yet, though we expect them to be announced soon, given they are already available in Chinese stores.