Rumor Mill: T-Mobile to land ZTE Grand X smartphone
T-Mobile USA appears to be the destination for one of ZTE's forthcoming new smartphones in its Grand line, according to documents filed with the FCC.
According to the documents, T-Mobile will sell the ZTE Grand X, a mid-range smartphone running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.0 software. The gadget supports HSPA+ on T-Mobile 1700 MHz AWS spectrum and Wi-Fi calling. In terms of hardware, the smartphone has a dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek processor, 4.3-inch display with qHD 960x540 resolution and a 5-megapixel camera.
A T-Mobile spokeswoman declined to comment.
ZTE is expected to use a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas to unveil the Grand S, the high-end model in its Grand line. The Grand X could be a mid-range edition in that line. It's unclear whether a U.S. carrier will launch the Grand S.
While ZTE has had little success cracking the U.S. network infrastructure market, the company was the fourth largest handset company in the world in the third quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics (IDC found ZTE as the No. 5 player).
According to IDC, ZTE shipped 7.5 million smartphones in the third quarter, up from 4.1 million in the year-ago period, and its global smartphone market share grew to 4.2 percent, up from 3.3 percent. ZTE captured market share at the expense of HTC and Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), which each lost share in the quarter.
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