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ZTE Grand S vs. Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5: Spec showdown

ZTE Grand S vs. Galaxy S3The latest smartphone manufacturer to shrug off the budget tag is ZTE. The Chinese company just showed off the flagship ZTE Grand S – a powerful quad-core Android beast with a stunning, full HD display and an impressive camera. We decided to take a look at how it measures up against the two best-selling smartphones on the market right now, the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. If ZTE wants to make headway these are the phones to beat.


ZTE Grand S


Galaxy S3

galaxy s3

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 display

Size 142 x 69 x 6.9 (mm) 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 (mm) 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 (mm)
Weight 110g 133g 112g
Screen 5-inch 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 1920×1080 pixels 1280×720 pixels 1136×640 pixels
OS Android 4.1 Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UI iOS 6.0.1
Storage 16GB 16/32GB 16/32/64GB
SD Card Slot Yes Yes No
Processor Quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual-core Snapdragon S4 (US) Dual-core A6X
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+
Camera Front 2MP, Rear 13MP Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
Battery 1780mAh 2100mAh 1440mAh
Charger Micro USB Micro USB Lightning connector
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store Apple App Store
Price TBA $200+ $200+
Availability TBA AT&T, Sprint, T-Mob, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

As you can see the ZTE Grand S measures up well, although that battery is a concern, especially with a 5-inch display to power. It is an attractive, minimalist design and it comes in a range of seven colors. It looks good next to the current leaders, but we know that the next Galaxy S will probably be along soon and the recently announced Sony Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend D2 have similar specs to the Grand S. The competition will be tough, but one thing’s for sure, ZTE is serious about shaking up the smartphone market.

It will launch in China in the first quarter of 2013, but we’re not sure when, or even if, it will touch down stateside, what the price tag will be, or which carrier might pick it up. These details will undoubtedly have a big impact on its potential success, so we’ll keep you posted.

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