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ZTE Grand S3 features the industry’s first retinal scanner

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Mar 12, 2015 )    |    News, Technology


While major smartphone and device manufacturers are getting into the fingerprint scanner bandwagon, there’s always one of them that explores other biometric scanning technologies for your next smartphone. And while we are continuously educated to believe that fingerprint scanning technology is the way to the future, two of the companies in Asia think otherwise.

With the advancement in digital camera technology, companies like fujitsu and ZTE are making the rounds to bring in a new biometric scanning using retinal scanning technology for future smartphone devices. The former is just about to begin with the process of implementing such feature to their future devices while the latter has already one up for consumer to try out with the new ZTE Grand S3 with their Eyeprint ID tech. The first of its kind handset to feature a complex retinal scanning technology to unlock the phone and securely make mobile and online purchase by simply scanning the retinal information and configuration of the registered user.

Furthermore, the new retinal scanning technology is designed to detect the user’s biological eye in which the system is able to detect the differences and discrepancies from a biological user to image or video of an eye. ZTE representatives at the MWC 2015 where the handset was demoed said the system that ZTE is using is able to tell between reality and fake and not even an image or a video can deceive the scanner which is a sign of relief for security and privacy concerns.


 Aside from the new technological feature, the new ZTE Grand S3 also comes with features that should be more than enough of entice users to get their hands on the device as it features a large 5.5-inch IPS full-HD display. Under the hood, the handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3 GB of system RAM. It comes with an expandable 16 GB internal storage with microSD card support.

For connectivity and communication, the ZTE Grand S3 also supports Dual SIM slots with 4G/LTE networks in addition to standard 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM  network support. Like any other smartphone in the market, the new handset will also support these connectivity features including; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and probably GPS.

For mobile shooting enthusiasts, the ZTE Grand S3 also incorporates a larger and heftier 16 Megapixel main camera while the front offers a never far-off 8 Megapixel camera module with 4K video recording capabilities that should make users who are fond of video calls and those addicted to selfies will find the new ZTE handset more than capable enough to power their needs.

On the software front, Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) runs the show with ZTE proprietary UI on top. Also ZTE has already said the a Lollipop is almost ready for the device and should be readily available for download once the new software becomes available online. The handset is fueled by a large 3000 mAh battery which could give users plenty of time to play with their device.

According to ZTE, the Grand S3 will cost ¥2,999 (~$480) in China. ZTE also made it clear that they want to sell the Grand S3 to other regions and market as well. But the question is when and where? And that’s what we are going to find out as ZTE readies itself to launch the handset outside of its homeland.

ZTE Grand S3

5.5-inch IPS LCD Display | Full-HD 1080p | 1920 x 1080 resolutions | 401 ppi

2.5 GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU | Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC

Adreno 330 GPU


16 GB Expandable storage

MicroSD card support up to 64 GB

16 Megapixel Main Camera | Auto Focus | Dual-LED flash | HDR | 4K Video

8 Megapixel Front Camera

Dual-SIM | Dual Standby

4G/LTE | 3G/HSPA+ | 2G/GSM

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Wi-Fi Direct | HotSpot

Bluetooth 4.0 | A2DP

GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS | Beidou

USB 2.0

Dolby Digital Plus Sound

Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) | ZTE Proprietary UI

3100 mAh Battery (Li-Ion)