Mainly because of their size and specs, phablets are not always that budget friendly. ZTE, however, has been releasing affordable big screen smartphone devices since about a couple of years ago. Sure, the brand is not as popular as Samsung or LG, but for those who do not mind exploring all available options, ZTE’s phablet offerings are actually not bad, especially for their price.
This time around, the Chinese phone maker is releasing the Blade ZMax, a 6 inch phablet is now made available for preordering by way of MetroPCS (the prepaid arm of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile). With a starting price of $129, the device will be hitting store shelves this coming August 28th.
One of the things that make ZTE’s Blade ZMax so interesting is the fact that it comes with a dual camera configuration on the rear side, which is not normally expected among smartphone devices with prices below two hundred bucks. Even more amazing is that the Blade ZMax’s price does not go above $150. The handset is armed with a 16 megapixel RGB camera for handling the color details, while its 2 megapixel monochrome sensor handles the more specific aspects of the image captured.
With regards to other specifications, the Blade ZMax phablet offers a 6 inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. Apart from the dual camera set up mentioned earlier in the preceding paragraph, the device also rocks an 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front side.
Inside, the device is equipped with a 1.4 GigaHertz eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8940 chip set, complemented with 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of built in storage, expandable up to 128 gigabytes of memory by way of support for micro SD cards. Other notable specs include a 4,080 mAh battery and Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat mobile operating system.
By putting most of its attention on offering competitively priced smartphone devices, ZTE has actually put itself in a good position to hold its own against bigger brands. As a matter of fact, the Chinese phone maker is the number four biggest seller of smartphones in the United States mobile market, behind only Samsung, Apple, and LG. And in the no-contract market, ZTE is actually the second largest seller.
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