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The ZTE Grand Memo II LTE

BARCELONA, Spain -- At a press conference today, ZTE introduced its new 6-inch phablet, called the Grand Memo II LTE. It will launch in China in April, and later roll out to other countries in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific for about $300, unlocked.

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A stylish look

The Memo II LTE sports a matte-plastic textured design, and its rear is decorated with a sheen tile pattern. Though I can do without these tilings, I welcome this unique look from ZTE.

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Snapdragon processor inside

According to ZTE's release, the Grand Memo II LTE is powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor. It's worth keeping in mind that last year's model sported two variants with either a Snapdragon 600 and 800 processor inside, so the fact that its sequel would don a 400 is an odd step backward.

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Big but not so crisp

As for its massive 6-inch HD display (a bump from its 5.7-inch predecessor), it sports a 720x1,280-pixel resolution, which comes out to about 245ppi. This does fine for displaying text and images, but it doesn't compare to other phablets available on the market.

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Rounding off the edges

The phone's top and bottom edges are rounded off, which adds to the device's standout aesthetic.

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Thin and light construction

ZTE described the smartphone as "ultraslim," and at just .28-inch thick, it lives up to that description. However, because it also measures 6.33 inches tall and 3.26 inches wide, it felt a bit fragile in the hand.

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Running Android KitKat

The Memo II LTE runs 4.4 KitKat, the newest version of Android, that's overlaid with the company's upgraded interface, MiFavor 2.3.

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Shrinking down the display

A few new UI features include glove touch and the ability to shrink the screen down for easy one-handed use.

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13-MP shooter in the back

On the device's rear is a 13-megapixel camera, and on its front is a 5-megapixel secondary shooter.

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Ideal for selfies

With 5 megapixels under its belt, this a uniquely hefty front-facing camera, but we've seen ZTE handset's with powerful front shooters before, like the Nubia 5S and 5S Mini.

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Non-removable battery inside

Additional features include a 3,200mAh nonremovable battery, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory with no option to expand.

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