ZTE Grand X Pro Review

Call quality


From our testing, we can conclude that call quality won't number as a problem if you decide to pick up the Grand X Pro. Despite having only one microphone, it's doing an okay job of phasing out background noise and chatter. Voice is properly transmitted on both sides, so you won't have trouble identifying who's on the other line. Things go a little downhill with the speaker, however. It sounds a bit hollow, and there's a sometimes persistent buzzing sound on the side. But overall, we were satisfied.

Battery life


The 2000mAh battery on the ZTE Grand X Pro works a little miracle, persevering for 6 hours and 32 minutes in our in-house battery test. This result places the device in the top 10, and is a pretty good showing overall. Said plainly, expect the ZTE Grand X Pro to hold its ground for up to two days on a single charge.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
ZTE Grand X Pro
6h 32 min (Average)
HTC Desire 300
6h 10 min (Poor)


Conclusion


At first, the ZTE Grand X Pro felt like one of those conflicting devices that seem to loop between good and bad as we go across different categories. After spending some time with it, however, it dawned on us that ZTE's handset is actually very uniform in its approach – it's decidedly middle of the road with just about everything.

Middling to lower-end performance on its own isn't a reason enough for us to slash a phone's rating – not every device needs be a hardware powerhouse, after all. Unfortunately, considering the rather steeper price tag (about €200, in Europe) compared to other value propositions, we simply can't recommend the ZTE Grand X Pro. There's simply way too much activity in the ultra-affordable bracket as of late, and the outdated, sluggish hardware on the Grand X Pro makes this a device worth skipping.


Pros

  • Great battery life
  • A near-stock Android experience

Cons

  • Aging hardware, obsolete before long
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich feels really old
  • Yellowish screen
  • Availability appears very limited, price is steep

PhoneArena Rating:

5.5

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