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ZTE Rumored To Debut New Grand S Phone at CES 2013

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Unwired View is saying that at CES 2013, ZTE will likely debut its new 5-inch Android smartphone, which could capture the title of thinnest 5-inch 1080p smartphone.

The smartphone, called the ZTE Grand S, will take the title from ZTE’s other recent “phablet,” the Nubia Z5. Like the Nubia Z5 the Grand S will have a 5-inch 1080p display, but the Grand S will only be 6.9mm thick, which is 0.7mm thinner than Apple’s iPhone 5, which has a 4-inch display.

ZTE provided the thickness of the phone to Chinese media and said the phone will have a 13MP rear-facing camera. The company didn’t give many details on specs for the phablet, however.

ZTE Grand S

ZTE Grand S phablet is just 6.9mm thick.

According to rumors the ZTE Grand S will use a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, just like the HTC DROID DNA, the only 1080p smartphone available in the U.S. The smartphone will also likely have 2GB of RAM and a 2500 mAh battery. The specs are about the same as the Nubia Z5, though the battery is 500 mAh smaller in the Grand S. It will run an unspecified version of Android.

The shell of the phone is likely made of a ceramic material, instead of plastic like most other smartphones.

ZTE will have the phone on display at CES 2014 in early January.

Rumors say ZTE will charge 2,799 yuan for the Grand S in China. That works out to about $449 in the U.S., which is much less than the Nubia Z5, which will likely cost about US$555.

There’s no word on if the ZTE Grand S will make it to the U.S., though if it does it’s unlikely that it will carry the same name. ZTE, like Huawei, is trying to break into more Western markets. But any phones from the Chinese manufacturers that come out in the U.S. typically use carrier branding.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

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