Despite ranking fourth in global mobile phone sales for 2012, China-based ZTE has always suffered due to its inability of making headway in key markets. Namely, the company was completely absent from India and was still viewed as a second-tier OEM in many European countries, as well as the US.
But at least as far as India is concerned, things are definitely looking up for ZTE. The company’s first foray into one of the world’s biggest smartphone markets (not counting devices made by ZTE and re-branded by local companies) consists of no less than six Android devices, all set to go on sale in the coming days.
There’s no truly high-end gizmo on the list, but the bang for the buck factor looks just right in more than one case. Starting from the top, the Grand X Quad Lite will have the honor of leading this Indian charge.
Some of the fellow’s obvious strong points include a large 5-inch screen, the running of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and dual-SIM support, but on the other hand the panel’s qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels), 4 GB of on-board storage and 5 MP rear camera sound really bad for what will likely be marketed as an upper mid-ranger.
Other known features of the Grand X Quad Lite include an undetailed 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (likely a MediaTek unit), microSD support and 2,500 mAh battery. The 5-incher will cost Rs. 14,999 off-contract, which is roughly 250 US bucks.
Next on the list, we have three phones that will have very close price points. The Blade L will cost Rs. 12,599 ($210) and come with a 4.7-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM in tow, the Blade E will go for Rs. 11,999 ($201) while sporting a 4.5-inch display and the Blade G2 will also be a 4.5-incher, but worth a tad less – Rs. 11,599, or $194.
Finally, the Blade C and Kis Flex will be dirt-cheap (Rs. 7,599 and 5,799, or $127 and $97), but really only come with the bare necessities of “smart” devices. The former does at least run Android 4.1 while packing a 1 GHz single-core CPU and 4-inch WVGA display, while the latter sports a tiny 3.5-inch QVGA screen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (wut?) and 256 GB of RAM.