ZTE announces 5 smartphones for CES 2014, including Grand S II

/ Updated: January 7, 2014 4:25 PM PST
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ZTE Grand S II
The Grand S II will feature the powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and Android 4.3. ZTE

LAS VEGAS -- ZTE isn't holding anything back for CES 2014. In addition to debuting its first smartwatch, a mobile hotspot projector device, and four other smartphones, it has officially launched its marquee handset of the season, the Grand S II.

As a followup to its flagship from last year, the device is the highest-end ZTE handset yet. It sports a 5.5-inch, 1080p full HD screen, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. This is the same CPU used in the powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

In addition, the LTE-enabled phone will have a 13-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel shooter in the front that can record 1080p video.

Juicing up the Grand S II is a hefty 3,000mAh battery. That's a decent capacity considering LG's impressive G2 is decked out with the same battery size.

As for memory, it will feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Software features include voice-control technology, which will enable users to unlock their phones or take a photo using their voice. It will also have a do-not-disturb driving mode, and improved audio technology that reportedly results in clearer calls.

The company will also demo two new members of its Nubia family of smartphones. Known as the Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini, both these handsets will have quad-core Snapdragon processors. However, the former will feature a 5-inch 1080p display and 13-megapixel camera, while the latter will have a 4.7-inch display.

In addition, ZTE is partnering with AT&T's prepaid offshoot Aio Wireless to bring users the Sonata 4G. Equipped with a 4-inch display, the device features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 5-megapixel camera (which can record up to 720p video), and a 1,780mAh battery.

Finally, there is the Iconic Phablet, a 5.7-inch dual-core handset that sports a Gorilla Glass touch screen, Dolby Digital Sound, and wireless charging.

Other products ZTE plans to showcase is the aforementioned BlueWatch smartwatch, and 4G Wi-Fi Projector Hotspot that, as the name suggests, includes a mini projector.

Check out more of CNET's CES 2014 coverage.

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