T-Mobile announces the ZTE Obsidian, an affordable smartphone priced at just $99.99

T-Mobile announces the ZTE Obsidian, an affordable smartphone priced at just $99.99
Earlier today, T-Mobile announced a new affordable smartphone, the ZTE Obsidian. The entry-level handset will be priced at $99.99 off-contract, being one of the cheapest Android smartphones that you can purchase in the United States. As you can imagine given the affordable price, the ZTE Obsidian doesn’t come with very impressive specs. 

The display is a 4.5-inch panel running at an unusual resolution of 480 by 854 pixels and a PPI of 224. Under the hood beats the heart of a MediaTek MT6735M chipset, an entry-level offering that features a 1.GHz quad-core CPU. In the memory department, the ZTE Obsidian comes with 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, which you can expand using a microSD card. 

Other specs include a 5MP primary camera, a 2MP secondary shooter on the front, as well 4G LTE connectivity -- a most-welcomed addition given the low price of the Obsidian. All of this hardware will be powered by a 1980mAh battery. On the software side, the ZTE Obsidian runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

If you don’t want to spend $99.99 up front to get the ZTE Obsidian, you can also get the smartphone through T-Mobile’s equipment installment plan, for 24 monthly payments of $4.17.

The ZTE Obsidian will be available starting August 13 in T-Mobile’s online and hardware stores. On paper, the ZTE Obsidian seems to be an affordable smartphone with 4G connectivity running the latest version of the Android OS. What do you guys think?

source: T-Mobile
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