ZTE intros the Blade Z Max: an affordable 6-incher with dual cameras and impressive battery

ZTE has recently gained a lot of popularity for offering some of the best budget handsets on the market right now. And while last year' Axon 7 flagship did a lot to strengthen that image, ZTE has been consistently putting out a lot of other, lower-profile devices. And this is exactly what we're witnessing today: the launch of the company's latest ultra cheap device, known as the ZTE Blade Z Max.

Just like its predecessor, last year's ZTE Zmax Pro, the Blade Z Max will be offered as a timed exclusive to MetroPCS, and will come at a pretty competitive price point — $129. This is slightly higher than the Zmax Pro's $100 price tag, but it's still considerably cheaper than most other smartphones out there. So let's take a look at what this device is all about, shall we?

As far as ZTE devices go, the Blade Z Max is certainly a looker, thanks in large part to the combination of an aluminum frame and a grippy, textured back. And it's huge, too — with its 6-inch screen the device is certainly worthy of the "Max" moniker, while its Full HD resolution is a welcome change when compared with other devices at a similar price point.

Just like the Zmax Pro, the Blade X Max offers a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. What's new here actually sits right above it: this is the latest device to jump on the dual camera bandwagon, sporting a weird combo of a primary 16 MP sensor, and a secondary 2 MP one, though the latter will be used primarily for the obligatory portrait mode. The front camera is also upgraded, and now produces images with an 8 MP resolution.

Inside you'll find some pretty modest specs: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2 gigs of RAM and 32 GB of storage (expandable via SD card). There is, however, one particularly impressive aspect to the device: the large 4,080 mAh battery, which should provide more than enough juice for even the heaviest of users. The phone also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 standard.

And last but not least, ZTE once again doesn't disappoint in the software department, thanks to the inclusion of the latest (though not for long) Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

The ZTE Blade Z Max can be pre-ordered exclusively through MetroPCS starting today, via this link, and will cost $129. Its actual release date, however, is in two weeks — Monday, August 28 — when it will become available online, as well as in select MetroPCS stores.

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Blade Z Max
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4080 mAh(31h talk time)



1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

All I want to know is where is the Axon 8?!?

6. Izzat

Posts: 12; Member since: May 16, 2012


2. fyah_king unregistered

And the cpu is a downgrade from last year's sd 615

3. fyah_king unregistered


4. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

This phone needs 3gb of ram because usually there is 80 percent used up always on the zmax pro and zte max xl

5. Thewaterbug

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2017

I definitely agree with you on the RAM upgrade. However, for phones, having most of your RAM filled isn't a bad thing since it's being used. Unused RAM is wasted RAM!

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