Review by Gizmochina.com
On April 1st, 2014, ZTE was released its latest flagship Android smartphone, ZTE Grand S II, in Chinese name that’s mean “secret”
In fact, the smartphone has already show at CES 2014 on last January, this phone is upgrade version from ZTE Grand S and has few upgrade. It supports 5-mode 17 Frequency (includes dual-4G standard), this phone is known as the world’s fastest 4G smartphone.
Grand S II is the one of flagship smartphone from ZTE, there is two variant. The different is in the storage capacity. While the standard version comes with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which has plastic material cover; and the other version is sports with 3GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage and the shell is covered by leather material.
The other specs; the phone is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080P screen, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) processor, coupled with 2 megapixel front facing camera and 13 megapixel rear facing camera, the phone is powered by 3100 mAh battery capacity and uses a removable battery and this phone is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.
As the flagship model, the ZTE Grand S II Standard Edition is offers with only 1,699 yuan or around $273 USD,while the exclusive edition is offers with 2,499 yuan or around $402 USD price, it is obviously that this phone has more higher price that Xiaomi 3, and other domestic smartphone.
The phone has good looking design with ZTE Logo near the front facing camera, sensor and speaker.
There is a 13 megapixel camera in the rear, this is the main camera with shiney ZTE logo below the lens. The back cover is also has nice plastic material with good looking metal texture.
After giving the impression that the whole case is simple and elegant, and this part is fingerprint free. While the Special version is covered with leather material so the user can handle the phone with nice grip.
Power button and volume control keys are located on the right side of the phone’s body, the power button has short button while the volume key button is little longer.
The phone has rounded corner and has metal frame body, the phone has audio port.
There is a Micro USB port in bottom of the phone bidy with mic hole near it’s port.
This phone has different design for battery and the SIM Card and memory card slot
And the speaker on the above
ZTE Grand S II using the removable 3100mAh battery.
ZTE Grand S II uses a single card design, supports 5-mode 17 Frequency (includes dual-4G standard), so you can install any Micro SIM card.
5.5 inch IPS screen
Grand S II uses a 5.5-inch IPS screen with 1080P. Why ZTE did not using 2K screen? First, for down the price and there is no effect to showing 2K screen resolution in 5.5 inch screen size.
Here is the Grand S II screen demo.
Viewing angle, vertical viewing angle is the maximum horizontal angle is also fully meet the daily use.
Grand S II has a “natural”, “bright” and “brilliant” three color modes, while the default is “bright”, we also detected during the software uses the default mode.
Here is the true color mode for screen display demo
Grand S II running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. As a 5.5-inch phone, Grand S II brought a “split-screen” technology that can simultaneously display two application in same time.
This phone is alos has Nubia-Like Interface. The user can using the camera function while screen is locked.
Grand S has new user interface while the user can create their customize folder.
You can customize for desktop and wallpaper.
Grand S II has a child mode, so your apps and files will be safe when your kids playing your phone, and you can show games only apps that your kids can’t access your apps and files.
List notification bar
Set the system version
Grand S II supports 5-mode 17 claims frequency, and supports dual-4G standard, this phone will becoming the competitor for Nubia smartphone.
Trying to connect the Internet using Unicom 3G network speed, the download speeds is around 2Mbps, which is 250Kbps, compared to the usual 170Kbps.
You can running two application in one screen on the same times.
The phone can running two application, and there is a split screen that can be adjustable to slide down or slide up. And you can click the seprator bari tohide one of the screen
Although the screen has 5.5 inch screen but this features has a limitation, not all application can running smooth and not compatible with split screen technology.
Grand S II also has “Voice wake-up” feature, so the user can wake up the phone just saying “Hello, ZTE .
The user can also uses a voice command to check the weather or lauching apps.
Grand S II is also support for gesture, so the user can set up the gesture on screen to launch app. In addition to unclock the screen, the gesture can also give the command to phone for launching apps.
Finally, take a look at screenshots features on this phone, the user can take a screenshot to press the power button + volume down button, and there is an options to crop or resize the image. It’s very intuitive since many other smartphone didn’t offers this feature
Here is the different between the Standard Edition phone and the Special Edition, as we mentione in the begining of this article, the standar edition is comes with 2GB of RAM and the Special Enhanced edition is comes with 3GB of RAM.
A comprehensive performance test:
Here is the result from the benchmark test using various Benchmark tools:
In NenaMark test, with the Adreno 330 graphics core:
The phone is also powered by 3100 mAh battery capacity.
The actual test we found that phone can handel 40 minutes for watchin online video, power decreased by 11%, the brush 20 minutes microblogging, power down 5%, standby 8 hours, 3% electricity are exhibited on the middle level, the battery is OK for our daily using.
Of course, the battery life is the biggest advantage and this phone is using removable battery.
detachable design aspects, I believe that many consumers really like this design.
Camera Image sample
ZTE Grand S II is equipped with a 13 megapixel main camera, so here are the test:
We are trying to using different camera features and here is the result;
This phone can compete with HTC Camera:
Support independent metering and AF
Using the camera in outdoor, with sunny bright light.
The figure of 100% zoom
When we zoom the image, there is a noice pattern in dimmed area, but this is torerable in same case.
This picture is taken in the noon, with bright sun light.
Thephone is also tested to capture the image in the night, but the overall result is very good and these smartphone has nice camera sensor.
VI Summary: Why ZTE launched Grand S II?
This is the good phone, sine packs with a nice feature and good specs configuration, support for more mobile network, and the screen is large enough to to use as a normal phone, watching the movie and browse the internet