Review: ZTE Grand X, quite a power horse for a low price

Review: ZTE Grand X, quite a power horse for a low price
September 14 12:01 2014 Print This Article


ZTE has launched in Canada with the ZTE Grand X. It’s trying very hard to join the ranks of Samsung, LG and HTC and the Grand X certainly shows off at it’s under $200 price. It has stock Android 4.3 along with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8212 processor, which gives you a lot for almost nothing.

You really can’t compare the ZTE Grand X against the iPhone 5S or the yet-to-be released iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s definitely in the middle for the Android phones. When holding the phone in your hand, it feels solid, but it isn’t super pretty, it feels really cheap, but it sure is functional.

You can easily access the battery by peeling back the back cover and remove the battery and SIM card. You can easily hot swap the microSD card without removing the battery, so that’s a plus.

The dimensions of the ZTE Grand X are 145 x 73 x 9.5 mm. It weighs 175g and it has a TFT capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density).

It also packs a quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 and a Adreno GPU

The back camera is 5 MP shooting at 3264 x 2448 pixels with autofocus and LED flash and shoots 720p video.  It’s not NFC capable. It features 1 GB of RAM, 1.3 GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB. The front facing camera shoots at 1 MP. For the price of $149.95 with no term agreement, it’s worth every penny. This phone wouldn’t be my day to day phone as I am a heavy user on my phone, but I’d be confident giving it to a starter user, like a child, to use. At $149.95, even if they drop and break it, at least it isn’t a $800 device. I found the camera quality to be “Ok”, it’s usable.

Note that there is also a US model. The model I am reviewing is the Canadian model.

It’s not LTE capable but it has HSPA/UTMS 850/1900/2100 MHz  compatibility along with GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz compatibility. You aren’t going to find any HDMI out.

The battery is 2,400 mAh so you can be looking at several hours of talk time, but you do get 350 hours of standby.

The responsiveness of the screen isn’t the best, it takes several attempts to launch something I found during my testing.

Remember, this isn’t an Android 4.3 review, but a phone review, but I’m going to talk a bit about GPS positioning and how great it is. So, I load up Google Maps and boom, it loads. Street view is extremely quick over Wi-Fi which shows how powerful the quad core processor really is.

I put tons of hours of testing into the ZTE Grand X and I’m confident as per the price, I can give a {rating}.

Go pick it up today from carriers such as Bell, offering it right now for $149.95 with no term.


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Jessica Yaniv
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