It is pretty understandable for any average mobile user to not expect too much from a smartphone device that costs only a hundred bucks. But ZTE’s Blade Spark is such a solid offering for its price that it just might lord over other $100 handsets. The Blade Spark is made available through newly launched AT&T Prepaid (rebranded from GoPhone), and while its 5.5 inch HD display screen, flanked by a 13 megapixel camera on the rear side and a 5 megapixel camera on the front side, is no surprise, it offers added value through a range of delightfully surprising specs, including a fingerprint scanner on the rear side, a dedicated button for snapping selfie shots, a front panel made of Gorilla Glass 3, Dolby audio, and Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat (currently the newest version of the Nougat mobile operating system -- more on this later).
Of course, few people would actually expect to be able to play graphics heavy mobile games on hundred dollar handsets. As for ZTE’s Blade Spark, it sports a four core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip set, which is aided with 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), which may not be quite up a gaming enthusiast’s alley. Still, that processor should prove handy for people who are looking to get a smartphone that can handle selfies, and for consuming various types of media (video content, images, web browsing, etc). And as far as storage configuration is concerned, the Blade Spark provides 16 gigabytes of onboard memory, which can be expanded up to 128 gigabytes by way of a micro SD card.
The fact that the ZTE Blade Spark smartphone comes preloaded with the latest version of Android Nougat is a big plus, especially when one considers how some of the recently released flagship devices still do not have the newest iteration. With news of Android devices being hit with malware have grabbed some headlines lately (perhaps the most recent notable example is the CopyCat malware about a week ago), having the latest security patches in Android 7.1.1 Nougat makes the Blade Spark a bit safer than other Android powered mobile devices.
Some may remember that at the start of this year, ZTE also showcased the Blade V8 Pro, a 5.5 inch device (like the Blade Spark) that offers a dual camera set up at the back, and a more expensive price at $230. Want to explore other ZTE devices? Feel free to browse more phones and plans from ZTE at Wirefly today.
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