Big screen at low cost: it's the ZTE ZMAX 2 for AT&T

According to ZTE, a Chinese phone manufacturer that has long sold entry-level phones in the US, consumers today tend to see the value of Android phones as 'screen size vs cost', and it probably has a point. It is this basic observation, though, that has apparently motivated ZTE to produce this new proposition – the big-screened-yet-cheap ZMAX 2.

So, what exactly has the ZTE ZMAX 2 going for it? The main highlight of this new smartphone is its massive, 5.5-inch, 720x1280-pixel display, which, indeed, is a very large panel, considering the fact that the ZMAX 2 is a pre-paid phone offered through AT&T. There really isn't much else in AT&T's GoPhone portfolio that can deliver a comparable screen size. Second, naturally, comes the incredibly affordable price of the phone, which is set at $149.99, sans contract obligations, of course.

Obviously, it's this combination of a very large screen and a cheap price that ZTE hopes will attract pre-paid service consumers, but it's worth pointing out that the ZTE ZMAX 2 also has some other potentially intriguing features. First off, it's based on Android 5.1, which is always a good thing, especially when we're dealing with an entry-level handset, which, presumably, won't receive too many software updates in its lifetime. Then come some other goodies that make the ZMAX 2 sound relevant on paper, such as the 8 MP camera, 3000 mAh battery, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, with the exact model remaining a mystery for now. Supposedly, the ZTE ZMAX 2 might be able to deliver a pretty decent battery life, having in mind the decent battery capacity, 720x1280-pixel screen resolution, and relatively modest processor clock rate.

And that pretty much sums up all of the major characteristics of the ZTE ZMAX 2: AT&T's latest pre-paid proposition, which targets entry-level device consumers fancying a very large display. The ZTE ZMAX 2's release date is set for September 25, when it's also officially going to face what's probably its main opponent in the pre-paid line-up of AT&T – the Asus Zenfone 2E (5" display, but costs $120).

Is the ZMAX 2 "jaw-dropping" you? And, perhaps more importantly, is pre-paid service an area you have interest in? Let us know what you think in the comments!

source: ZTE



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wow. Pretty cheap! Affordable phones are getting VERY interesting in the Windows Phone and Android camps. Apple....not so much.

2. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Massive 5.5 inch screen".. LOL Especially when atleast 80% of phones this year across all spec & price categories have had a 5.5 inch screen. Unless one is from Lilliputan land, 6 inch is a large screen & 6.3 inches & over is huge or massive. This is ofcourse assuming that said phones have excellent screen to body ratios like the g3/g4. Now, a 6 inch screen iphone would be taller than a Nexus 7 :P

3. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

It is, in fact, pretty massive when compared to other phone in its price range and availability, not compared to all phones.

4. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The original ZMAX is a great phone on TMO.. I hope this one comes too

5. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The pre-paid market will be happy to grab this. Nice offering, and a smart business decision for both ZTE and AT&T.

6. bighouse33

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

Very nice phone, Love the the screen,battery & lollipop os....I got mine through Best Buy for $99!!! Hurry it won't last long at this price.

7. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Just picked one up. For the price, I am very impressed.

8. tommytnmt

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2017

I love the fact that I got one for 35 dollars at walmart and can have either straight talk or atnt and i doubled my internal storage to 16 gb and atnt offers updates to 6,0 and later to 7.1 I think tomorrow i will switch back to atnt and leave straight talk in the dust. thanks

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