ZTE USA's $115 entry-level Avid Plus smartphone headed to T-Mobile and MetroPCS

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Last year, the answer to the long-standing question of how much smartphone can one get for their money changed in all the right ways. With handsets like the ASUS ZenFone 2, the Moto G, and the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, one can have a truly decent smartphone for less than $199. ZTE USA, the Chinese mobile company's state-side arm, has clued itself in on the matter.

Priced at just $115, the ZTE Avid Plus runs Android Lollipop and features a 5-inch, 480 x 854-resolution LCD screen with DragonTrail glass for protection against scratches.This resolution is quite low for this screen diagonal, and the visible pixels won't make for a very immersive multimedia experience, but hey, you get what you pay for! The 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera setup isn't particularly impressive either, but it will certainly do the job of capturing a scene or landing a selfie.

The smartphone is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB (4GB or less available to the user) of expandable storage. You won't be running heavy 3D games on this one, but casual games will be playable, Android should operate reasonably smoothly, and there's LTE Cat 4 connectivity for fast speeds. Also, ZTE took advantage of the Avid Plus' footprint and stuck a 2300mAh battery in its shell, which should make for pretty good battery life, given the modest spec sheet.

Although the Avid Plus doesn't come across as awfully generous, it nevertheless appears to be a solid handset from the low-end side. It will be offered to T-Mobile subscribers from Jan 20, and MetroPCS subscribers "soon".


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Richardson, Texas – January 5, 2016 — ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market*, today announced the availability of the ZTE Avid Plus, priced at just $114.99 MSRP. The Avid Plus is an encore to the ZTE Avid that was released with T-Mobile in 2013. The updated Avid Plus is an entry-level Android phone that will be available at T-Mobile on January 20 and coming soon to MetroPCS.

“The ZTE Avid Plus is a phone with wide appeal. Anyone looking for an affordable, durable and reliable option to stay connected can depend on the Avid Plus to be there when they need it,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Staying true to our mission of providing affordable communication to everyone, the Avid Plus is economically priced so more people have access to the latest smartphone technologies.”

The perfect size to hold and a beautiful screen to see
The ZTE Avid Plus features a rich 5-inch LCD screen for viewing pictures, playing games, and watching videos. With DragonTrail scratch resistant glass, rest assured your screen is protected while you’re on the go.

Remember the moment
Capture and share life’s moments with a 5MP rear-camera and 2MP front-camera. Enjoy dynamic camera features like altering color effects or capturing scenery. Quality 720p video recording helps capture life’s moments while in motion.
 
Fast and reliable
A 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor runs many apps simultaneously with ease - whether multitasking, browsing the Web or enjoying smooth video streaming.

The Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system adds more value with a built in battery saver, additional security features, and enhanced WiFi and Bluetooth controls.
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