The past two weeks have seen the internet flooded with news of the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. However, that device starts at a whopping $749 off-contract or $299 with a new, two-year contract. Likewise, we’ll be seeing a huge buildup for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge; but those devices too will likely carry with them hefty price tags on- and off-contract.
As we mentioned numerous times, Chinese OEMs are really firing on all cylinders when it comes to releasing feature-packed smartphones at bargain basement prices (Sony is finding that out the hard way). Chinese OEM ZTE is looking to make its market on the U.S. phablet market — with the help of T-Mobile — with the release of the ZMAX.
The ZMAX definitely won’t win a specs battle when stacked up against the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 4, but it should be just enough to appease the mainstream market. The ZMAX packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP and a hefty 3400 mAh battery. You won’t find a QHD or 1080p display in this device; you’ll be stuck with a 5.7” 720p display.
LTE connectivity is a given for the new smartphone and as T-Mobile promised last week, it supports Wi-Fi calling. The ZMAX runs Android 4.4 KitKat, but we’re assuming that an upgrade to Android L can’t be too far behind.
Perhaps the best thing about the ZMAX, however, is its pricing. The smartphone will cost just $252 off-contract. For those that would rather pay for the device in installments, it will add $10.50 a month to your bill.
The ZTE ZMAX will be available from T-Mobile starting September 24.
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