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The Galaxy Note II is small compared to ZTE's new Grand Memo, which sports a 5.7-inch 1080p display. This is a phablet in the truest sense, and paves the way for that 6-inch size manufacturers have been slowly working towards. So what does a 5.7-inch handset include? A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, for starters.

The 8.9mm LTE device will include Dolby Digital Plus Surround, 13-megapixel camera, 3,200 mAh battery and launch "sometime" in 2013, first in China and then in Europe shortly after. ZTE didn't confirm it'll arrive stateside, only to say it's currently exploring its options.

ZTE's MyFavorite UX is frosted onto Android 4.1.2, with a unique 3D effect revolving around the interface. The device construction itself has been described to be "humdrum" by Engadget, so don't expect the Grand Memo to blow people away on looks alone.

What it sounds like ZTE is hoping to accomplish with the beastly Memo is bank on the phablet trend, spin its own unique overlay onto Jelly Bean and really put its name into the smartphone conversation. At 5.7-inches, I think the Grand Memo will be on more than a few wishlists this year.