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Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S camera

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Along with the Sony Xperia Z and the Huawei Ascend D2, the ZTE Grand S is one of three "superphones" announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. We went to the ZTE booth in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to have a closer look at the phone and its camera app.

In terms of specifications, the Grand S is very close to the other new phones mentioned above, with a pixel-dense 5-inch 1080 screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core processors running Android 4.1 and a 13-megapixel rear camera. It doesn't feature the Sony's water- and dust-proof sealing, but holding the Grand S in your hand the build quality looks great and the matte metal back feels pleasant. At 6.9mm, it's also the thinnest 5-inch phone currently on the market.

 

The ZTE Grand S is only 6.9mm thick.
On the phone's back you'll find the 13MP camera.

The Grand S is running Android 4.1 with ZTE's "skin" on top of the standard Android UI; if you are familiar with Google's mobile OS, you'll find your way around the new model in no time at all. The gallery app and its editing features are in line with the Android standard but the camera app is ZTE's own. That said, it's not far off from what've seen on other manufacturers' devices. Below we've posted a few screengrabs to give you an idea what it looks like. 

This is the ZTE Grand S' camera home screen, with a row of settings icons on the left and the shutter button and video/stills switch to the right.
Tapping on the shooting mode icon brings up a range of options including HDR mode and the Cinema Graph still/video hybrid format.
Like many camera apps, ZTE's version allows you to apply a range of image filters at the point of capture.

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