At a small event at London’s 24 Club, ZTE announced the UK release of the Grand X smartphone, which we used to known as Mimosa X. The device rocks a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, 4.3-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) screen, HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing one, Bluetooth, GPS and so on. It’s not a high-end phone per se, but it definitely sits at the top of ZTE’s pile. And considering it will be relatively affordable to purchase, the Chinese company may have a winner here.
The Grand X is described to fit good in hand, featuring solid plastic that doesn’t feel cheap. Speaking of which [cheapness], the price was not unveiled, though we did hear the phone will be offered through Phones4U and Virgin Media stores on “highly competitive monthly tariffs.” Unlocked, Virgin Media will sell it for 189.99 GBP (about $296) offering great value for the money.
Software wise, ZTE didn’t bother customizing the Grand X. It comes with a stock Ice Cream Sandwich with preinstalled TouchPal keyboard (default Android keyboard is there as well) and a number of Tegra-optimized games.
All said, we think ZTE finally has a product many people will want and in that sense we expect them to steadily announce the Grand X in other markets all around the world…
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