ZTE on Wednesday introduced a new handset, called the Concord II, very clearly meant for the low-end market, ensuring that devices such as the Moto E have at least some competition. But whereas the Moto E is being offered unlocked for just $129, ZTE’s device is coming to two carriers, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, meaning you’re tied down to a specific provider. Still, if that’s something you can handle, you’ll be able to purchase a cheap handset good for performing the most basic of smartphone functions.
When the device becomes available on May 19, users can pick up the 4-inch handset for next to nothing and without the need to sign a contract. The device itself comes with a 480×800 resolution display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon MSM 8210 processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1820mAh battery, 1GB of RAM (microSD expandable) and Android 4.3. The Moto E, meanwhile, comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and sports a larger 4.3-inch display.
According to ZTE USA CEO and Chairman, Lixin Cheng, the Concord II offers that “ideal combination of functionality and affordable pricing.” If all you’re looking for is a device to use for basic communication needs, something like the Concord II isn’t so bad. But with the Moto E having already been announced, the cheap ZTE device has some pretty hefty competition to go up against.