ZTE ZMAX phablet coming to T-Mobile for just $252

ZTE ZMAX phablet coming to T-Mobile for just $252
The phablet market is getting more crowded these days, especially if you count devices like the 5.5-inch LG G3, OnePlus One, or iPhone 6 Plus in that category, but the low-end phablet market still needs more options. ZTE has recognized this and is bringing the ZTE ZMAX to T-Mobile to help fill the need for inexpensive phablets.

Obviously, when talking about an inexpensive phablet, you shouldn't be expecting top shelf specs, and the ZMAX doesn't change that. The device features a 5.7-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera, and a 3400mAh battery. The device also has Gorilla Glass 3 and an expandable microSD card slot.

The phone itself is a basic black rectangle with nothing too special about the design. It is slightly bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at 6.4 x 3.3 x 0.35-inches (162.56 x 83.8 x 8.89mm), but is actually a bit lighter than the Note at just 5.5 oz (155.9 g). The software is almost pure stock Android 4.4, except for ZTE's own Nubia camera app, which adds a bit in the way of control. 

The ZTE ZMAX will be coming to T-Mobile on September 24th, supporting LTE and Wi-Fi calling, and it will cost just $252 at full retail, or $10.50 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile's installment plan. 

source: ZTE




Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

For 50 dollars more you can buy an unlocked Huawei Ascend Mate 2 with better specs in nearly every department.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. If I were on T-Mobile and was in the market for another phablet this would definitely be in the running, but I probably would buy a Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G over the ZMAX. I'd have an Ascend Mate2 4G now but I already had a Note 3 and was reluctant to downgrade. Then I got a OnePlus One invite so I sold my Note 3. My wife is still kicking around the idea to sell her Note 3 and get an Ascend Mate2 4G. The SUPER long battery life is the biggest attractant.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, when I saw the battery life scores my mouth was drooling. I can't even go 4 hours without having to charge up my SGS3. I know the Note 2/3 are way better in term of battery life than the S3 but nothing comes close to that 4,000 mAh battery running on a decent 720p display. I also heard the brightness output on the Mate 2 was over 400 nits, which is also a very nice plus.

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Seems legit....but not everyone knows about unlocked devices so this is still a good idea and move for zte.

12. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...AND for about $50 more you can also get an ANDROID Flagship (2013) LG OPTIMUS G PRO which has way better specs than this phone AND better specs than the "new" innovative ( *cough, clear throat, & hawk a loogy HERE*) iCHUMP6bs...

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Yeah well you'd rather "save" 50 dollars for what's arguably the same level of fw/sw updates guarantee. Huawei or ZTE both are a tad problematic at that...

3. jaxpon

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

But this one has wifi calling plus Lte BAND 12

6. jaxpon

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz - UMTS/HSPA: 850/AWS/1900/2100MHZ - LTE CAT 3/4: B2/B4/B7/B12/B17

7. Rising32

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

The only department the Ascend Mate 2 is better is the camera. The processor is the same, the screen res is the same and if u ask me Id rather have a 5.7 inch 720p then a 6.1 inch 720p display for more pixels per inch. Its LTE and has wifi calling. Plus a 3400mah battery? U kidding me?

8. Rising32

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Oh yeah and the battery is bigger on the Ascend, but think about it. Bigger screen which is gonna run that battery a bit. So I guess it evens out.

9. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

This ugly BS!

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Uh nooo.....

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is a pretty nice phone for the cost. Does it have all the bands for AT&T as well? I wouldn't mind picking up this one for Cricket, also considering the Moto G and Desire 610.

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