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ZTE makes a 5.7-inch smartphone for T-Mobile that’s a good value for its size

There’s a good chance you’ve owned a ZTE device before, but you may not have known it. ZTE has built so-called “white label” handsets sold in the United States under carrier brands for years, but now it is trying to build consumer recognition in the United States. One of the first phones sold in the United States under the ZTE name is an affordably priced “phablet” handset for T-Mobile.

The ZTE Z Max has two things going for it: First, it’s got a big 5.7-inch screen running at a 720p resolution. Second, it’s cheap — $252 unlocked, or $10.50 per month on a [company]T-Mobile[/company] payment plan. For that price, you actually get a fair amount of phone for your money — a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a big 3,400mAh battery, and Android 4.4 that’s blissfully close to the way Google intended, with only a few tweaks like T-Mobile apps and ZTE’s custom camera software.

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There’s a lot of competition in the $200 to $300 price range for smartphones in the United States, not to mention in markets like China where the mid-range is the sector that receives the most attention. Motorola has the new Moto G, but the latest version doesn’t have LTE support yet. Sharp’s new bezel-less phone is also a strong contender, especially for Sprint subscribers, but its screen is only 4.7-inches. If you want a big, phablet-type phone for cheap, the [company]ZTE[/company] Z Max will be one of your best options this fall.

3 Responses to “ZTE makes a 5.7-inch smartphone for T-Mobile that’s a good value for its size”

  1. “There’s a lot of competition in the $200 to $300 price range for smartphones in the United States”

    That actually made me lough.
    There isn’t really any competition in the smartphone space in the US. Pretty much any other market in the world is more competitive. Even Western Europe since many carriers don’t have flat device prices or separate the handset subs from the contract and there is more competition in the carrier space.
    You can see it in the press too , tech sites from Italy or France or Germany have a broader horizon and are familiar with a lot more brands and devices.
    The US doesn’t really have phone startups (there are a couple ) and the old guard got a lot thinner because the market is locked and even if you are in you can only compete on marketing not on price.
    It’s not even a matter of making it easier for the consumer to buy a new device anymore.
    ZTE has the Nubia Z7 Mini with 5 inch 1080p and Snapdragon 801 at 244$ – in China ofc but can be bought worldwide for less than 300$ excluding any taxes. The US market is big enough for competition to drive prices that low or almost that low, but there is none.
    Pretty much everybody is loosing , even the carriers that have to hide the handset price and spend on marketing. The only winners are Samsung and Apple that get the bulk of the market and can sell at ridiculous prices.

  2. When you compare side by side, I think the Huawei Ascend Mate2 is the better device and better value at 299.99 direct from HuaweiUSA. The Ascend is totally unlocked and will run on TMo’s or AT&T LTE. Mine is running on TMo LTE just fine.