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Virgin Mobile starts selling ZTE Grand X smartphone

Its name will not go down as the most inspired one in history but the Grand X will certainly get a few heads turning because of its value for money factor.

The device, manufactured by Chinese tech giant ZTE, comes with a dual-core processor - an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz - not unlike the LG Optmus 2X.

There’s 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 4.3in 960 x 540 display, Dolby Mobile surround sound, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording , a front-facing camera, a 1,650mAh battery and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The phone retails for £200 at Virgin Mobile. A price that excludes postage but could also be cheaper for existing Virgin Media customers. The price does include 12 months free data and £10 airtime bundled with an extra 300 free texts.

ZTE has been particularly aggressive lately when it comes to new smartphones. The manufacturer was the first to launch a smartphone (the ZTE Mimosa X) with an Nvidia modem inside in February and it also outed the first entry-level Jelly Bean smartphone on the market (the ZTE N880E).

These have helped the company break into the global top five smartphone manufacturers for the first time ever with a year-on-year growth of 300 per cent.

Source: Virgin Mobile

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