ZTE’s ZMax is not a flagship phone, but it’s got great specs at a budget price

Disappointed as we are that ZTE didn’t launch the Nubia Z7 flagship series in the US, the OEM did deliver a phablet that’s generous on specs along with being light on the wallet with its new ZMax. This handset could very well make a fine alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and even the LG G Vista which is exclusive to carriers Verizon and AT&T.

The ZTE ZMax, however, will only be available through T-Mobile and MetroPCS is said to get it later this year. The phone isn’t the prettiest around and it flaunts a simple design with mid-range hardware on the inside. The front packs a 5.7-inch 720p HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

ZTE ZMax

The handset even has a 1.6MP secondary camera and an 8MP shooter on the rear with 1080p video. Android 4.4 KitKat is preloaded and you’ll get a near stock experience owing to the pre-installed carrier applications. Coming to the innards, a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor dishes out the steam and there’s 4G LTE connectivity as well.

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Where memory is concerned, the ZMax offers 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. There’s a large 3400mAh battery as well, and it can deliver up to 14 hours of talk time or around 15 days of standby.

Here’s a quick roundup of the ZTE ZMax specs:

– 5.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixel HD LCD w/ Gorilla Glass 3
– 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SOC
– 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 32GB expandable
– Android 4.4 KitKat
– Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, GPS
– 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front snapper
– 3400mAh battery

The ZTE ZMax will go on sale via T-Mobile starting September 24. The phablet is tagged at $252 as a one-time payment or $0 down at $10.50 per month for 2 years.