ZTE’s still not exactly a household name here in the U.S., but the company’s latest smartphone might just do the trick. The Chinese firm unveiled the new ZMAX phablet this week, revealing a mid-range handset with a huge battery and a great price.
The ZMAX offers a massive 5.7-inch screen. That’s the same size as the Galaxy Note 4, but unlike Samsung’s 2K display ZTE’s opted for a cheaper 720p resolution. Under the hood it packs a quad-core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with microSD support, NFC, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a paltry 1-megapixel secondary camera upfront. None of that sounds very impressive, but the ZMAX also comes equipped with a gigantic 3400mAh battery that outstrips even the Galaxy Note 4.
The ZMAX is nothing to write home about when it comes to design. It looks pretty bulky thanks to those wide bezels, and gives off a boxy vibe above all else. We definitely appreciate the curved back but we’re not sure what to think of ZTE’s “semi-matte black finish.” To be honest it looks pretty slippery, though it’s tough to say for sure without handling the device first.
Still, for just $252 it’s not a bad deal. The ZTE ZMAX will be available from T-Mobile next Wednesday, Sept. 24 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $10.50. It’s also headed to MetroPCS at some point this year, though there’s no word on exactly when or how much it could cost from the prepaid carrier.