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ZTE Grand S3


ZTE Grand S3
ZTE Grand S3 (Grand Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC 4 x 2.5 GHz, Krait 400
Graphics adapter
5.50 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
170 g ( = 6 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Reviews for the ZTE Grand S3

ZTE Grand S3
Source: Trusted Reviews English version
Eye-scanning is the only thing that really makes this phone really stand out, otherwise it’s not a particularly interesting device, despite strong specs. It’s currently only running Android 4.4, which feels a bit dated on a flagship phone with such a large hi-res screen. The design of the phone doesn’t help much either. It’s thick at 9.8mm and looks like it was designed simply to house the technology inside it, lacking character and style.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/06/2015
ZTE Grand S3 review: Hands-on with ZTE's Eyeprint ID smartphone
Source: Tech Advisor English version
It's interesting to see a new development in mobile security being implemented in ZTE's Grand S3, but it's certainly not the most ideal or practical feature, and it's essentially the only thing that makes this smartphone stand out from the crowd. That said, its specs make it a good all-rounder that, should it make its way to the UK, could attract some intrigued buyers thanks to the Eyeprint ID.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/04/2015


Model: The ZTE Grand S3 is a simple Android Smartphone with an ingenious new feature named EyeVerify. As the name indicates, it is a biometric scanner which scans the user's eyes to unlock the phone. This phone is targeted at business users and the features including a dedicated document viewer and photo and video editor are for professional use. The design of the phone is a simple candy bar design with a thickness of 9.8 mm. It features a large 5.5 inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels capable of displaying 16 M colors.

The CPU onboard is a 2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3 GB of RAM. With these specifications, multitasking on this Android 4.4 Smartphone should be smooth. The internal memory is 16 GB and the memory capacity can be expanded by up to 64 GB with a microSD card. The fairly large 3100 mAh battery could last an entire working day with a full charge. The ZTE Grand S3 has a 16 MP rear camera with face detection and a front facing camera with 8 MP.

The video recording capability is a remarkable 2160p at 30 fps for its rear camera and 1080p at 30fps for its front facing camera. In terms of network capabilities, LTE is supported for this ZTE model. Having said all that, this device is ideal for those who are interested in trying out the new eye scanner and the high definition camera.

Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

801 MSM8974AC:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.45 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 578 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.17 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


ZTE is short for Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited, which was founded in China in 1985. The product range includes, for example, USB sticks, routers, smartphones and tablets.

The ratings of the relatively many reviews have a wide range from below-average to very good (as of 2016).

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-03- 9)