Technology

Lenovo and ZTE launch 5-inch HD smartphones

January 09, 2013

The ZTE Grand S. – Copyright ZTEThe ZTE Grand S. – Copyright ZTELOS ANGELES, Jan 9 – Less than 24 hours after Sony debuted its new Xperia Z handset, which the company declared to be the world’s only 5-inch full HD smartphone, two other handsets have been launched by competitors Lenovo and ZTE.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has a reputation for defining trends and setting technological precedents and this year is proving to be no exception, with the launch of three full HD smartphones over a 24-hour period.

The ZTE Grand S is, says its maker, the world’s thinnest 5-inch full HD smartphone. Like the Sony, it boasts a 13MP rear camera and a full HD 5-inch display and uses a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM.

Yet, at 6.9mm thick it is one whole millimeter thinner than Sony’s handset, however, that reduction in width may affect battery life as it only has a 1,780mAh cell. It will be available in China to order online in Spring 2013 but the company has given no word as to when it will be rolling out to other countries.

Not to be outdone, several hours later, the ZTE Grand S was followed by the official launch of the Lenovo K900. Like both the Xperia Z and the ZTE Grand S, it boasts a 13MP rear camera, this time with an image sensor manufactured by Sony.

However, unlike its peers, it has a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display and is also 6.9mm thick. It has a bigger screen than either of the other two yet is thinner than the Sony and the same thickness as the smaller-screened ZTE.

Unlike its direct competition, Lenovo has chosen Intel over Qualcomm and uses the latest generation of Intel Atom processors which is so new, even Intel hasn’t officially published its performance specifications yet. The phone will be available in China from April and will also launch in select but still unnamed markets later in 2013.

Yet despite this immediate competition, Sony may well have the last laugh. Choosing to officially launch its Xperia Z handset on Monday, the day before the CES event was officially due to start, could prove crucial to Sony’s ambitions of building its share of the highest end of the smartphone market.

Tech blogs and phone fanatics have been creating a buzz around the Xperia Z for a number of months and so when the handset was finally seen in the flesh and Sony confirmed it had a full HD screen, a 13MP camera and was sufficiently water-resistant to survive being accidentally dropped in a bathtub, that buzz came to a crescendo. – AFP/Relaxnews