The ZTE Blade X Max is a $149 phablet running Android 7.1.1, available from Cricket starting tomorrow

Following a leak from a couple of weeks ago, ZTE has today made official its latest affordable smartphone, the Blade X Max. The $149 phablet will be available starting from tomorrow, May 12, from Cricket Wireless.

Just as we heard, the Blade X Max sports a huge, 6-inch full HD display, which, combined with its 3,400 mAh battery and low-power Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, promises a considerable battery life, which ZTE claims can reach up to 17.7 hours of talk time and a whopping 241 hours in standby mode. The device also sports 2 GB of RAM, as well as 32 GB of internal storage, though the latter can be expanded via SD card. It also runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is more than welcome for a phone in its price range.

Other features include a 13 MP / 5 MP rear and front camera combo, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Surprisingly for such a cheap device, it also looks pretty good as well – while the front is standard ZTE fare, its back is a swanky deep blue color, with the added bonus of a grippy finish to help reduce accidental drops.

The ZTE Blade X Max will be available starting from Cricket starting tomorrow, May 12, both in-store and online. Its regular price is $149, though port-in customers will also have the option to get it for as little as $99, though that promo will be available only at launch.

source: ZTE

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Blade X Max
  • Display 6.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat


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