ZTE Releases $99 Phablet With All High-End Specs

By Adie Pie , Jul 19, 2016 05:00 AM EDT

Normally, consumers would have to choose between quality and price. If people want to save on price, something has to be sacrificed. In the smartphone industry, the sacrifices normally come in the form of specs.

A cheaper smartphone will not provide the best camera, or the best-looking design. However, ZTE is changing all that with their ZMAX Pro. Despite its $99 price tag, it has high-end specs that the more expensive units boast of.

As Forbes notes, ZTE has broken a record. That is, they have built the best handheld device under a hundred dollars. Even the ZMax 2, which came right before the ZMAX Pro was priced at $149.

The Gorilla Glass 3 screen is 6 inches and is in full HD and the unit carries a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. The battery is 3400mAh, which is enough for 400 hours of standby time, or 25 hours of continuous talk.

The unit can store as much as 126GB of data, but this is still extendable via a microSD card. The device can be unlocked through a fingerprint sensor as well. These specs alone would normally cost more than twice the price of the ZMAX Pro. But ZTE is offering much more.

As PC World adds, the unit is only 8.9mm thick and weighs just 175 grams. It also has a USB Type-C port and is run by Android Marshmallow 6.0. And while it does not run on the most powerful processor, it is still powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617.

Naturally, the ZMAX Pro still has its downfalls. One such sacrifice is that it has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, which is neither the latest nor fastest of its kind.

The ZTE ZMAX Pro will be available in the US starting August 1 via MetroPCS. When it will be available unlocked or via different carriers is unclear at this point.

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