With the release of the Cherry Mobile Flare and the Lenovo P700i, a phone with a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display and a dual core processor became our standard for what an entry level Android should be like. Now, ZTE is joining the fray with its Php9,990 Grand X and upping the ante.
The ZTE Grand X comes with an even large 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD (540 x 960) resolution. Behind the screen it comes with a dual-core 1 GHz processor. The ZTE Grand X also has a HSPA+ radio. These three features are what distinguishes it most from the Flare and P700i.
The other features are pretty standard for the class with 4 GB of internal storage expandable storage, 512 MB of RAM, a 5 MP camera a VGA secondary camera. The battery is a decent size 1650 mAh unit.
Now how does it stack up against, the Cherry Mobile Flare and Lenovo P700i. The ZTE Grand X costs more than twice as much as the flare but it is worth the additional money. As against the P700i, the only advantage of the P700i is that it comes with a larger battery. But that advantage also means a fairly hefty phone which weighs in at 162 grams and is 12.8 mm thick. The ZTE Grand X weighs in at a light 110 grams and is just 9.9 mm thick.
The ZTE Grand X in my opinion is the best budget smartphone in the Philippine market.