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MWC 2013 – ZTE Grand Memo hands-on

We wrap our hands around ZTE's 5.7in gigantaphone at Barcelona. Are your hands big enough?

The last year has seen an increase in phablets, really big smartphones with screens of 5, 6 or even, if you want to call Samsung’s new Note 8.0 a phoneblet, 8 inches. But Chinese phoneufacturer ZTE has just unveiled a bigphone that really takes the biscuit: the Grand Memo. Just look at the size of that thing.

ZTE says the Grand Memo’s 720p screen is  5.7in from corner to corner, but in person it looks even bigger – it’s practically as big as a man. It takes both hands to lift, and if you would need to have enormous trousers to fit it into your pocket. Like Huawei, ZTE prices its handsets pretty competitively, but it’s worth taking the cost of having these trousers specially made into account.

The spec sheet for the Grand Memo says it’s a slender 8.5mm thick, but we beg to differ. That thing has to be six inches across. And while we were led to expect superb performance from its Snapdragon 800 chip, all that happened when we started swiping at the screen here at MWC was that a tired-looking Spanish girl came over ans asked us to stop touching the ‘exhibit’. Sorry senorita, but we’ve got journalism to do.

EDIT: We have since been shown a different sample of the Grand Memo that does appear to be a lot smaller and more powerful. We hope to bring you more detail in due course.  

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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