Monsters from Asia: the truly incredible, $99 ZTE ZMax Pro
For several years now, Motorola's been killing it stateside with its affordable, yet potent Moto G line. All the while, entrenched Chinese maker ZTE has been continuing to do its thing with carriers, regularly making a showing with MVNO's such as Boost Mobile or MetroPCS. But with the rather disappointing Moto G4 family, which is costlier than ever, ZTE is reminding everybody, including stateside buyers, what affordable really means with the introduction of the ZMax Pro for MetroPCS.
hands-on time with. So why are we talking about a device available with MetroPCS again? Simple—it offers truly incredible value.Now, we've covered the ZTE ZMax Pro before, and we even had the opportunity to spends some
We're hardly done, however, for the camera combo on the ZMax Pro is pretty impressive considering how darn affordable it is. We've got a 13-megapixel main snapper, complete with an LED flash and phase detection auto focus, along with a 5-megapixel front-facer for them selfies. On the software side, we're looking at a powerful solution, with an extensive manual mode allowing you to tweak variables such as ISO.
We're still not done, and unless you know the price of this phone, you're still not grasping why what we've listed so far is incredible. Anyways, we continue on with a rear-mounted, circular fingerprint scanner of the touch type—alike to the Nexus 6P. And if that wasn't enough, there's a large, 3,400mAh battery on board, hopefully ensuring an easy day of even heavy usage.
With a specs sheet like that, we wouldn't blame you if you thought this will retail for around $200, but that's not the case—not the case at all, in fact! Instead, MetroPCS and ZTE will be selling this one for a measly $100, which honestly feels like a steal. In fact, if you pre-register right now, you'll even get a leather case for the phone by mail, for free.
And yes, to answer your question, you're not the only one wishing this wasn't a MetroPCS exclusive. Then again, ZTE is probably selling this at a loss, or MetroPCS is subsidizing the heck out of it. Either way, if you have people on the MVNO, you should be linking them to this page—the phone is launching in August.