ZTE Obsidian

Announced:
Aug 6, 2015
Market status:
Released
Release date:
Aug 13, 2015

Display

Display size:

4.5 inches

Resolution:

480 x 854 pixels

Pixel density:

218 ppi

Technology:

TFT

Screen-to-body ratio:

59.21 %

Touchscreen:

Capacitive, Multi-touch

Features:

Scratch-resistant glass (Dragontrail), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

5 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Autofocus

Flash:

LED

Software Features:

Geo tagging, White balance presets, HDR, Panorama

Video recording:

1280x720 (HD)

Features:

Video calling

Front:

2 megapixels

Design

Form factor:

Candybar

Dimensions:

5.41 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches (137.4 x 68.6 x 10.2 mm)

Weight:

4.65 oz (132 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Features:

Touch sensitive control keys

Keys:

Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key

Colors:

Black

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5 mm jack

Speakers:

Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Music player:

Filter by:

Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists

Supported formats:

MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, OGG, MIDI

Video playback:

Supported formats:

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

MediaTek MT6735M

Processor:

Quad-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU:

Mali-T720 MP2

RAM:

1 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage:

4 GB

Storage expansion:

microSDHC up to 32 GB

Device type:

Smart phone

OS:

Android (5.1 Lollipop)

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.0

Profiles/ Protocols:

Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Human Interface Device (HID), Message Access Profile (MAP), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP)

Wi-Fi:

802.11 b, g, n

USB:

microUSB, USB 2.0

Features:

Mass storage device, USB charging

Charging connector:

microUSB

Location:

GPS, A-GPS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Compass

Other:

UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Hearing aid compatible:

M3, T3

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 2, 4, 12

UMTS:

850, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz

GSM:

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data:

LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS

2G Data:

EDGE, GPRS

SIM type:

Micro SIM

Global Roaming:

Yes

Battery

Capacity:

1800 mAh

Type:

User replaceable

Talk time:

6.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time:

10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Internet browsing

Browser:

supports:

HTML, HTML5

Built-in online services support:

YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Phone features

Notifications:

Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Phonebook:

Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID

Organizer:

Calendar, Alarm, Calculator

Messaging:

SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input

E-mail:

IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange

Instant Messaging:

Hangouts / Google Talk

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

May 15, 2015

FCC ID value:

SRQ-Z820 link

Measured SAR:

Head:

0.50 W/kg

Body:

0.77 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.58 W/kg

Wireless Router:

0.88 W/kg

Availability

Officially announced:

Aug 06, 2015
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Pros

No Pros

Cons

  • Thick body (0.4 inches)
  • Too little RAM

Description

The ZTE Obsidian sports a 4.5-inch panel running at an unusual resolution of 480 by 854 pixels and a PPI of 224. Under the hood beats the heart of a MediaTek MT6735M chipset, an entry-level offering that features a 1.GHz quad-core CPU. In the memory department, the ZTE Obsidian comes with 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, which you can expand using a microSD card. Other specs include a 5MP primary camera, a 2MP secondary shooter on the front, as well 4G LTE connectivity -- a most-welcomed addition given the low price of the Obsidian. All of this hardware will be powered by a 1980 mAh battery. On the software side, the phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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