ZTE intros Grand S II with 5.5-inch 1080p display alongside Projector HotspotAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
After teasing its CES 2014 plans last week, ZTE today officially introduced us to two of the biggest pieces of hardware that it brought to Las Vegas.
First up is the ZTE Grand S II, the follow-up to the flagship Grand S that launched in 2013. The updated Grand S II sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, up from the 5-inch 1080p panel found on the OG Grand S, as well as an 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Rounding out the Grand S II's spec list is a 13-megapixel rear camera pair with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3000mAh battery, 16GB storage and Android 4.3.
One feature of the Grand S II that ZTE previously touched on was its voice controls. The company elaborated on those goodies today, explaining that the Grand S II can recognize the voices of multiple people and can be unlocked using a voice command. Users can also snap photos using a voice command, and the Grand S II's My-drive mode boosts the device's voice recognition rate while in the car in order to make it easier for users to accept calls and listen to messages using voice commands. ZTE also touts the Grand S II's set of three noise-reducing microphones that help to produce clearer phone calls.
The other new device outed by ZTE today is its Projector Hotspot. Just as its name suggests, the device is a combination mobile hotspot and projector that can push out images up to 120 inches in size. The Android 4.2-powered unit includes a 4-inch 800x480 display on which users can browse and share content. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Projector Hotspot includes 4G LTE support and can support up to 8 device connections at one time. Also included is a 5000mAh battery to power the entire package.
Two small details that ZTE left out of its announcements of both the Grand S II and Projector Hotspot? The prices and launch dates for both devices. Stay tuned and I'll update you as soon as the company's feeling a bit more chatty about their availability.