ZTE, China’s largest telecom provider has launched the Grand Memo 2 – a disappointingly average phablet. Housed in a cheap-feeling, thin plastic case, the phablet demonstrates the potential to be a decent device, with the unfortunately reality of delivering a mediocre performance.
Looking at the guts of the phone, the Grand Memo 2 features a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926), with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage (there is a micro-SD slot). It’s powered by a 3,200mAh battery that’s sure to keep you going for most of the day, and is really necessary to power the large 6”, 720p display.
Unfortunately the display leaves a lot to be desired. While it performs well during head-on viewing, lack of a truly bright screen, and an anti-gloss foil coating make angled viewing a problem, especially when compared to other device with similar specs.
Looking at the positives, ZTE has managed to make a device that is rather light, housing a strong 3,200mAh battery, while only being 7.2mm thick. The phone also features a powerful 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (with an LED flash).
The final version of the device’s software has yet to be finalized, but is running Android 4.4, and is quite responsive in its current form. On board software includes Mi-Assistant, and an app that allows users to navigate the large screen in a smaller window, allowing for one-handed usage.