ZTE announced the Grand Memo phablet on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. During the announcement it claimed that this would be the first device in the world to come with Qualcomm’s new top of the line mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 800. The press release said the same thing.
But then a kerfuffle ensued. Qualcomm basically refuted the claim, saying that there’s a Snapdragon 600 inside the Grand Memo. ZTE itself backtracked, but oddly left the press release alone to misinform people some more. Then, on the show floor in Barcelona, ZTE’s Grand Memo test units were found to not even sport the 600, but the Snapdragon S4 Pro from last year. Oh, and the amount of RAM was half of what the official announcement claimed too.
Quite scandalous, really. Now we have a teeny tiny bit more information though. This comes from ‘ZTE staffers’ in Barcelona, who spoke to Android Central.
There will be more than one hardware configuration of the Grand Memo, it seems. These will be released in different parts of the world (and at different times, we want to add). Somewhere, at some point, there will be a Grand Memo on sale featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. But there will also be versions with the 600, and with the S4 Pro. And, we assume, the amount of RAM will vary too, either 1 GB or 2 GB depending on… something.
So, did ZTE purposefully misinform with its official announcement and press release? Well, sort of. See, the company probably was thinking of using the Snapdragon 800 in the Grand Memo, but that chipset won’t be available for a few months. So when that’s going to be out, the Grand Memo will have a version with it on board. But saying this wouldn’t have had the same effect as claiming ‘the world’s first’ now would it? Truth is, we have no idea what the first phone to run the Snapdragon 800 will be – meaning the first one in stores. The ‘announcement first’ award definitely goes to ZTE.
Because of how murky things have been with the Grand Memo’s specs, we suspect that it’s not quite ready for release either. Or maybe it is, but with an S4 Pro just like the test units. And then, in time, new versions will come with the 600 and 800… but why? Why use the same shell over and over again and change its innards like this? Who knows. By the way, there was also a Grand Memo sporting an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor at ZTE’s booth.
Don’t worry though. This makes little sense to us too.
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