ZTE is the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturer and the fourth largest handset maker in the world.
Given its credentials, I think it's great that the company is starting to bring more and more of its devices to the country via MSI-ECS, its official local distributor. The Philippines is currently the biggest smartphone market in Asia Pacific and it's good that Filipinos can finally experience what ZTE has got to give.
ZTE already has a number of smartphones out in Pinas, including ZTE Blade 3 V889M, which I personally own and love. ZTE Grand Era V895 with its 1.6 GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset is their current flagship release.
If you ask me, it's quite a treat to get a quad-core Android smartphone from this electronics giant for just Php 14,999. You get top caliber handset experience rivaling what you'll experience from smartphones by other multinational brands for less than half the price tag.
When I got to play with this handset a few weeks back, I got impressed with the ultra-slim design and light-weight construction. Measuring only 8.6 millimeters at its thickest point and weighing only a measly 110 grams, ZTE Grand Era is one of the slimmest and lightest, if not the slimmest and lightest, Quad Core android smartphone available in the market. I promise you, this phone is a joy to hold.
But its weight is a complete anti-thesis to all the features that come with this handset. ZTE Grand Era flaunts a 4.5-inch HD display and comes replete with an 8 MegaPixel camera, 1080p Full HD video, 1GB of RAM, and a 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery pack. Talk about being a heavy-weight when it comes to technical specifications.
It's truly hard to believe that the smartphone only costs Php 14,999 -- just the midrange price tag of Android smartphones by other big brands. But it's for real, so you best believe it!
To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, I present to you the complete technical specifications of ZTE Grand Era V895, the Chinese giant's affordable Quad Core handset.
|Name||ZTE Grand Era V895|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||133 x 66 x 8.6 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Quad-core 1.5 GHz ULP GeForce GPU NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset|
|RAM||1 GB RAM|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1800 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||Affordable Quad Core Android Smartphone, Ultra-lightweight Design|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: December 2012|
|Price||Official SRP: Php 14,999|