Summary:

ZTE’s new flasghip, the Grand S II, features all the trimmings of a high-end smartphone, along with voice recognition unlocking for multiple users.

ZTE Grand S II

Like the voice unlock feature on the Moto X? ZTE is taking that one step further with the Grand S II, its new flagship smartphone announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. The Grand S II features multiple voice recognition unlocking, which allows recognized users other than yourself to unlock your phone by voice.

On paper, the Grand S II sounds a lot like most of the new Android smartphones we’re seeing. It’s a 5.5-inch “phablet” with a 1080 display, as well as a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel sensor up front, as well as a large 3000mAh battery.

More interesting, though, are the new voice control features that ZTE has added to the phone. Voice recognition unlocking, as mentioned above, is pretty neat. It means that if you’ve added someone else’s voice to your phone, they too will be able to unlock it through a simple voice command. I’m not quite sure what need this fulfills, to be honest, but I do find the idea of multiple voice recognition intriguing in instances like gaming, for instance.

Additionally, the Grand S II allows you to snap photos via voice command (LG has already done this on many of its phone with its “cheese shutter”), which is helpful for self portraits. And ZTE has created a My-drive voice-assisted driving mode which gears voice recognition towards faster hands-free control in the car. The phone also features triple-mic noise reduction as well as high-precision voice recording. So while many new smartphone out there focus on features, the Grand S II truly places an emphasis back on voice. There’s no word yet on a price or release date, but I wouldn’t expect to see this phone make an appearance in the United States.

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