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The Latest Pure Android Phone Just Made Its Debut

by Jacob Kleinman | July 25, 2014July 25, 2014 9:55 am PST


Last week ZTE revealed that some of its upcoming smartphones would launch running the Google Now Launcher, similar to Google’s own Nexus line-up. Today, the company released the Blade Vec 4G, with a Pure Android experience in Hong Kong. The phone originally made its European debut in June with ZTE’s user interface.

The ZTE Blade Vec 4G comes equipped with a 5-inch “high-density” display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2300mAh battery an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a lackluster 1-megapixel front-facing shooter. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and offers the same Google experience you’ll find on a Google Play Edition or Nexus device. ZTE says it’s planning to launch more devices with Google’s launcher in the future though, so it may be worth holding out for a high-end model instead.

ZTE also took the opportunity to unveil an LTE version of the 5.5-inch Grand S II, which has been upgraded to include a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3100mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, though it still runs Android 4.3 with some of the company’s own custom software on top.

Finally, the Chinese phone-maker offered an early look at an upcoming fitness tracker called the Grand Band. The device is capable of keeping track of health information, including a user’s pulse and will launch later this year in a variety of colors.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...