ZTE Zmax Pro Specs



The Zmax Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, sporting a 6-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and offering other mid-range features like an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable internal memory.

This device is also known as ZTE Z981

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Size: 6.0 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 367 PPI
Technology: LCD
Screen-to-body: 71.71 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Features: Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 8952
Processor: Octa-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 405
Internal storage: 32GB, available to use: 24 GB
Storage expansion: microSDXC up to 128 GB
OS: Android (6.0 Marshmallow)
Device type: Smartphone


Capacity: 3400 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, Not user replaceable


Rear: Single camera
Main camera: 13 MP (PDAF)
Flash: LED
Video recording: 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Features: Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing
Front: 5 MP
Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.35 inches (165.1 x 83.8 x 8.9 mm)
Weight: 6.7 oz (190.0 g)
Biometrics: Fingerprint (touch)
Features: Touch sensitive control keys
Keys: Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key


4G (FDD): Bands 2(1900), 4(AWS-1), 12(700 a)
3G: Bands 5(850), 4(1700/2100), 2(1900)
Data Speed: LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA
HD Voice: Yes
VoLTE: Yes


Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Features: Album art cover, Background playback
Radio: FM

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n; Wi-Fi Direct
USB: Type-C (reversible), USB 2.0
Features: Mass storage device, Charging
Hearing aid compatible: T4
Location: GPS, A-GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Other: UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Other features: Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:
Date approved: Jun 01, 2016
FCC ID value: SRQ-Z981
Measured SAR:
Head: 0.53 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission: 1.54 W/kg
Wireless Router: 1.11 W/kg
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Rating breakdown (out of 10)
Decent phone, but not what I expected
Phone owned for - less than a year

I've had this phone for nearly 5 months. In the beginning, I would have given it a 10 in all categories. But after using it for a few months, my opinion has changed. I still think it's a decent phone, but, I will be going back to LG as soon as I possibly can. The call quality, pictures and display are great. The battery lasts for most of the day, as long as I'm not using Bluetooth. The security features are great, especially the fingerprint scanner as this is the only lock I've found that my children can't outsmart. However, i do have several issues with the phone:

1) It heats up fairly quickly, especially when charging. The phone will repeatedly alert you to a low battery, and then immediately stop charging once it's plugged in, due to overheating.
2) When the battery gets low and battery saver feature turns on, it automatically turns on the location, which causes the battery to run down even faster. Also, since the new software update (approx 2 weeks ago), the phone gives a pop-up every 30 minutes or so to try and get you to turn on the location. I haven't been able to figure out how to stop this from happening.
3) At least once per day, the phone freezes up and has to be restarted. I've had this happen up to 5 times in a single day.
4) The phone frequently (every 2-3 days) turns itself off, and gets stuck in the power cycle, so that a hard restart has to be done. It does this with no warning.
5) In order to use your memory card to save your apps, and preserve space on the phone itself, you must re-format the SD card to this phone, which means that all of your existing information and pictures, which may have been following you from several different phones, will be deleted. Also, once this is done, you can only use the SD card in a ZTE phone.
6) The phone does not use the standard charger that most other android phones use. This means that the 5 chargers that you already have in your home, car, and at work are useless. And unless you're willing to pay $15 a piece for new chargers, you're stuck carrying around your only charger to be used in these various places. This puts addition stress on the charger and shortens it's life.

While the first 4 issues are annoying and could be improved, to me they are relatively minor. However, if I had known about reasons 5 and 6 before purchasing the phone, I wouldn't have. I would have paid more to continue with LG phones, which I love. I will be going back to LG at my next opportunity.

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Bang for the BUck
Phone owned for - less than a year

Great Phone, works good, only failed once and that could have been user error. Good form, clear screen and well placed buttons. Just need to update it to Android 7, 6 seems like a waste with so much going for it

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ZTE Zmax Pro - great value for $99 plus tax and activation
Phone owned for - less than a month

Keep in mind, for the cost, this is an amazing phone!

SOT over 5 hours with very heavy usage
Large screen with decent resolution
No manufacturer logo on the front like most budget phones in this range
Use fingerprint scanner to log into apps, manage access
Good build quality
Loud speaker even though it's on the back
Very responsive (good CPU, GPU combo)

It gets warm when charging and navigating so using GPS and charging....just don't take a call
Game play quality suffers with high demanding games like FIFA 2017
Call quality could be better with earpiece volume being rather low

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