Want an Android flip phone? The ZTE Cymbal-T is now out in the US

Want an Android flip phone? The ZTE Cymbal-T is now out in the US
If you're feeling nostalgic about the last decade (when flip phones were all the rage), but you also want a modern smartphone OS, you should definitely check out the ZTE Cymbal-T. This is a new flip phone - aka clamshell - that runs Android and is officially available to buy in the US.

Unlike some Samsung flip phones that run Android, the ZTE Cymbal-T is not a high-end device. It's a fairly basic handset with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage space. The phone also comes with LTE connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a small external screen to show notifications.

The ZTE Cymbal-T sadly runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it will probably not be updated to a newer version of the OS. Even so, it can do pretty much anything a normal smartphone can do these days.

The new clamshell is available on TracFone (which owns MVNO brands like NET10, Straight Talk, and Simple Mobile) for $99.99 - no contract needed. The price includes 1 year of service with 1200 MB of data, 1200 minutes, and 1200 messages for the whole year.

As you can see in the video below, the ladies presenting the ZTE Cymbal-T are pretty excited about the phone. To be fair, this does seem to be a good deal if you don't mind the unimpressive specs and you don't want to be the customer of a larger carrier.

You can purchase the ZTE Cymbal-T in Walmart stores, as well as online via Best Buy and Home Shopping Network. Are you tempted to buy this flip (smart)phone, for you or someone else?



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16 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

If you're a light user that's a great deal!

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Thank you for a lucid, well-written post. This phone is for staying on top of emails, making voice calls and an occasional social media post. You don't need 4GB of RAM for that.

11. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Exactly! To think that this one year plan works out to just over $8.00 a month and you get the phone too...

2. niteiknight

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

This isn't new. The phone has been out for at least a month. Late reporting?

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

A quick Google search has found the only other people mentioning this device have talked about it as of today. I cannot find a news site that has reported this being sold earlier than this week.

13. niteiknight

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Then that is even more disappointing. This phone has been available for sale at Best Buy for at least a month now.

15. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Prepaidphonenews reported it before release, and a small youtuber reported about a month ago before release. its just the more well known sites havent reported it because they focus more the high end stuff

3. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Locked to TracFone. Yuck. Useless to majority of people because of TracFone.

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm curious if it'd be useful as project fodder.

5. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Phonearena is late to the party on this one

6. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Samsung is the best there, BUT it's not in the US

7. JocularJ

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

So what if PA is late to report this?! So what if this is locked to TracFone?! This makes for ... >a great first phone for kids >a great phone for older individuals >a great phone for nostalgia >a great backup phone to leave somewhere

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I agree but that has nothing to do with them being late

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How does being late take away from the device?

14. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

not a bad phone but there are 2 things that they should of it #1 throw at least 6.0 (lollipop was the worst) #2 MAKE THE OUTSIDE SCREEN BIGGER!!!!, tracfone is more for older ppl, why make the outside display sooooo damn small???

16. Red5Racing

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

the airtime deal appears to only if purchased through HSN's website. I went to all local retailers and none included any airtime, just the phone for 99.99. This post was worded as such I believed it was a tracfone promotion, it is NOT.

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