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.