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ZTE Grand Era, the slimmest quad-core Android with a sub-P15k price

ZTE earlier revealed their upcoming 4.5-inch Grand Era which they are touting as the slimmest quad-core Android phone in the market.

ZTE Grand Era 1

The ZTE Grand Era V985 has an average thickness of 8.6mm which ZTE claims is the thinnest quad-core phone although I think it’s almost the same as the Samsung Galaxy S3. I mean the disparity is barely negligible.

ZTE Grand Era 2

What’s nice here is that for an indicative price (will be out Q1 of 2013) of Php15k, you’ll be getting a 4.5-inch smartphone with IPS HD display, powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip, and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The photo shows Ice Cream Sandwich but it will be running on Jelly Bean once it comes out.

ZTE Grand Era 3

RAM on this phone is at 1GB with a measly 4GB internal storage but capable of handling microSD up to 32GB. There’s also an 8-megapixel BSI camera at the rear and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

According to ZTE’s local distributor, MSI-ECS, the Grand Era will have be available next quarter with an indicative price of Php14,999.

ZTE Grand Era V985 Specs:
4.5″ HD IPS Display (720 x 1280) @ 326 ppi
1.5GHz NVidia Tegra 3 Quad Core processor
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
4 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, microSD up to 32GB
8 Megapixels auto-focus BSI camera with LED flash
1080p Full HD video recording
1.3 megapixels front-facing camera
Standard SIM card
GPS with A-GPS support
133 x 66 x 8.6 mm
110 g
Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery
SRP: TBA (indicative price of Php14,999 due on Q1 2013)
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  • StratoSpHere

    I’d like to say I’ll buy this, but the thing is, wala pa akong pera haha!! Pero maganda siya ah.

  • Battery is always being compromised by ZTE.

  • TRES

    The back design doesn’t look so good but it could just be in the picture.

  • Zo

    if those specs do come with a below 15k tag, i’m sold!

    1gig ram – could’ve done better but hey, it’s below 15k right?
    On board memory not that impressive but supports microSD

    326ppi for below 15k is the strongest selling point for me right now though.

    Also want to wait for benchmarks on this. 😀

    Looks bulky and the butt at the back reminds me of the Samsung Nexus’ butt.

    But again, for that price tag, it has to be a contender.

    Nice article, Calvin 🙂

  • Ryan S.

    1800mAh battery capacity.. goodluck..

    but for 15k.. 1 word.. “panalo”

  • yopme

    konting dagdag na lang may one x ka na,

  • ferdinand marte

    Still looks thick compared to the new Oppo Find – which i predict (and hope + pray) that CM will add in their line-up next year. c’mon.

    Btw, thanks to Cherry for slashing the price off the W7 – i was able to surprise my wonderful wife last night!!! Seeing her reaction when i showed the box was forever priceless!!!

    For me, well, it’s either Omega, Flame or Flare. c’mon Cherry release your newest lineu-up already. I have just received my 13K!!!! hehehe

  • mrt

    careful … it has an nvidia chipset … scary… nvidia takes a long time to release its source … might suffer the fate of other nvidia based devices who got late updates or were never updated … tsk tsk tsk…

  • lunalorticum

    hmm good cpu
    good enough design
    good screen

    but wait!…..

    4gb internal… minus android OS = somewhere in the 2gbs..
    …how about no? -_- (unless wala kang ilalagay na graphic intensive apps or heck just don’t put a lot of apps).

    Ever Since ICS did not allow apps to be on the SD (xda has a fix sure) anything with 8 gb and less space can be difficult to utilize efficiently. At least google did have a sort of legit reason why they don’t want sd cards anymore.

  • Glenn

    san po nakakabili nito?

    • poche

      read again.

  • Jeremy Alison

    The external SUCKS…c’mon ZTE be more creative..t looks so cheap and baduy ( as u call it) …..though the insidels are decent battery capacity is a downfall…but for 15 k I’ll definitely switch to this one than dual core smartphones out there

  • Great value for money, except you’ll be buying a a power bank with the money you saved..

  • edsar


  • lol

    where can i find system update

  • Patrick

    this phone reminds me of my old SG II because of the back curves, the price is too much id rather buy a CM omega 2.0 than this, on the second thought the processor is just awesome as it is. the screen resolution 326 ppi is just wonderful for the screen size 4.5 inches. this phone is just perfect not to big and bulky. this phone is very handy. if (cross finger) it will run in Jelly bean then it would be great then. with the buttery project the OS and the processor is just a good combo.