ZTE launching Galaxy Note 2-style device called Grand Memo at MWC 2013

News Richard Goodwin 07:37, 31 Jan 2013

The ZTE Grand Memo, yet another Galaxy Note 2-like phablet device, will launch at MWC 2013 alongside the world’s first Firefox OS-powered device

ZTE is joining the phablet club, according to reports, which claim the Chinese manufacturer is limbering up to launch both the ZTE Grand Memo and the ZTE Grand Mozilla at MWC 2013.

Obviously, the Grand Memo is the handset that’ll be going up against the likes of Huawei’s Ascend Mate and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. The latter is the world's first commercial Firefox OS-powered phone. 

Sources indicate the Grand Memo will feature a 5.7-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. 

Speaking to Reuters, Lv Qianhao, head of ZTE’s handset strategy, said: ‘we would like to raise the percentage of mid- to high-range smartphones. That’s the direction we’re heading.’

Qianhao also stated that ZTE expects to ship upwards of 50 million smartphones in 2013. 

ZTE recently launched the Grand S at CES 2013 – its highest caliber handset to date. Best thought of as the Galaxy S3 of ZTE’s new range of devices, the Grand S packs in a 1080p display, 1.7GHz S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and, like the Grand Memo, a 13-megapixel camera. 

The Grand S and Grand Memo, as well as ZTE’s highly anticipated Firefox OS-powered Grand Mozilla handset, will all be displayed and detailed further at Mobile World Congress 2013, which kicks off on February 24.

Not much is known about when ZTE plans to release these handsets in the UK. Hopefully it will provide and update about pricing, carrier-support, and availability for all three devices at MWC 2013. 

We’re very interested to see how Mozilla’s Firefox OS handles on a commercial smartphone. It’s almost a year to the day since we sat down with Mozilla at MWC 2012 to talk about the company’s burgeoning smartphone aspirations. 

Check out Basil’s hands-on with the Grand S live from CES 2013 below, a phone he describes as being ‘somewhere between a Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One X. 

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