ZTE announce world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone, the Grand S

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Asian manufacturers really have a thing about size. The Grand S is no joke, though. ZTE’s new flagship offers terrific horsepower, a Full HD 5-inch display and LTE in a slim 6.9mm package. However, while Grand S technically is the slimmest 5-inch smartphone, Lenovo just announced the 5.5-inch Intel-powered powerhouse K900 which is exactly… 6.9mm thick and a total looker, so it seems the Grand S’ glory was short-lived. Anyway, the smartphone is specced out with a quad-core Snapdragon CPU clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD slot, LTE, 13MP rear camera and 2MP front. Android version is Jelly Bean.

So far, so good, but ZTE made the risky decision of supplying this beast with a heartbreakingly weak 1780mAh battery… we don’t see this one making it through the day. But let’s wait for the proper benchmarks to show up before we make up our minds.

Curiously, China will receive the Nubia Z5, which is almost the exact same phone, but with different branding and, frankly, much prettier design. No word on the Grand S’s pricing and availability, although China should too receive it by April 2013.