ZTE N988 Tegra 4-powered smartphone appears in China

The ZTE Grand S, which was unveiled earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, is likely to have a sibling. A picture of the ZTE N988 has been published by GSMinsider who also claims that the smartphone has received an official approval from the Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center MIIT, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC.

The N988 will almost certainly be the new flagship of the company as the Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC is said to be faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 that powers the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The rest of the specification include a 5.7in display with a (disappointing) 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, USB, microSD card slot, GPS and FM Radio plus a thickness of only 6.9mm and a weight of 110g. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S4 which has a smaller display is 7.9mm thick and weighs 130g.

That said, ZTE will have to massively improve its distribution as it is rapidly falling behind its archrival, Huawei. In the meantime, check out our hands-on the ZTE Grand Memo at MWC and that of the ZTE Grand S at CES earlier this year.