ZTE Grand S vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Vs Tony Crammond 00:51, Jan 15 2013

We compare the newest device from ZTE, the Grand S, with one of the most popular devices on the market: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2

This year’s CES conference in Las Vegas was surprisingly light on new smartphone releases, with many major OEMs going the smart TV route, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE still managed to pack a punch with its Grand S, a device that’s already being dubbed ‘the world’s thinnest smartphone.’

Today, we’re pitting it against the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung’s big-screened offering, to see how it does.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a very powerful device, running on an Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with a quad-core 1.6GHz processor and Mali-400MP GPU. It has 2GB RAM and is available with 16, 32 or 64GB of space, depending on which model you go for.

The device has top-notch photographic capabilities too, with an 8-megapixel primary camera that records 1080P video and a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera for video calls.

The ZTE Grand S is a beast of a phone that is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset consisting of a 1.7GHz quad-core ‘Krait’ CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU. It also has 2GB RAM and is only available with 16GB storage space, but it does have a micro SD slot and LTE support.

The Grand S’s 13-megapixel camera is capable of capturing 1080P and there’s a 2-megapixel secondary camera too.

Both devices run on Android, with the Samsung using Ice Cream Sandwich but offering an upgrade to Jelly Bean immediately, and the ZTE running Jelly Bean out of the box.

Winner - ZTE Grand S


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been touted as a ‘phablet,’ not quite a phone and not quite a tablet. Its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen offers a resolution of 720 x 1280 and has a pixel density of 267PPI. Its visuals are superb, displaying rich colors and crisp blacks, making media viewing a real treat.

The ZTE Grand S has a slightly smaller display, at 5 inches, but the FHD screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and can boast a mind-boggling 440PPI pixel density, which is over 100 pixels per inch MORE than the highly lauded iPhone 5. Impressive!

Winner - ZTE Grand S


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