ZTE’s Big Surprise is the Grand X Android Phone

Last week, ZTE teased us with the news it would be announcing an advanced gaming phone, and that it would be in our hands around the same time.

Sure enough, ZTE unveiled the Grand X, an all-touchscreen Android phone, at a special event in London on Wednesday night.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because ZTE also announced a phone named the Grand X last month, but it was only for certain markets, as it was equipped with a 4G LTE modem.

ZTE’s newly announced Grand X has a regular 3G modem though, and it’s destined for release in the UK in early August. The processor is an NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 chip with a clock-speed of 1GHz, and NVIDIA is also responsible for the Icera modem hidden inside.

The screen measures 4.3-inches and has a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and ZTE has blessed the Grand X with an almost completely unmolested edition of Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There are a few manufacturer apps installed, such as Facetones, which aggregates social networking feeds.

On the rear of the 9.9mm thick handset is a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video, plus there is a basic video call lens around the front. The TegraZone gaming app is included, and Dolby Mobile Sound enhancements should make it sound good too.

So, not bad, but not the killer gaming phone we’d hoped for, plus the fact it’s a slightly revised version of an existing ZTE phone explains how it’ll reach stores so quickly.

Phones4U will be stocking the Grand X, where it’ll be available on several contracts, or as a pay as you go phone for just £190. That’s small change for a dual-core smartphone with a big screen and almost stock Android 4.0.

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