MWC 2013: ZTE Grand Memo and ZTE Open running Firefox OS unveiled

Chinese manufacturer ZTE has today unveiled two new devices at different ends of the smartphone scale. At a packed press conference at MWC, the 5.7in ZTE Grand Memo was launched alongside the ZTE Open – another budget handset pushing the all-new Firefox OS.

The latest arrival in the increasingly crowded ‘phablet’ category, the sizeable Grand Memo is the first handset to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, which we first saw at CES in January.

The Grand Memo sports a 13-megapixel camera with full 1080p, runs an optimised version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, has Dolby Digital Plus sound, and a 3200mAh battery packed inside a slim 8.5mm body.

Among other features, the Grand Memo (below) deals with the problem of trying to use just one hand on its sprawling display with a tool that sees the keyboard automatically shuffle over to the operating hand. So if your fingers only cover the bottom third of the device, the keys will gather within your span to make typing easier – a tidy feature.

Pricing and release details have not been confirmed, though we are told the Grand Memo should hit European markets in the second quarter.

The ZTE Open (below) is a small, entry-level smartphone in-keeping with the early philosophy of the Firefox OS platform, with affordable devices aiming to draw in the full spectrum of users to the open Mozilla platform.

It will be the very first commercially available handset running Firefox, but won't be seen in Europe until Summer 2013. ZTE said a price point had not been agreed with mobile carriers yet, so we'll have to wait and see just how 'budget' this phone is.

The dinky ZTE Open measures up at just 114 x 62 x 12.5mm, has a 3.5in HVGA multi-touch screen, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Inside is a MSM7225A processor clocked at 1GHz, 256 of RAM, and a 1200mAH battery.