Over a year ago, ZTE released the ZMax Pro, a smartphone with impressive specifications like a 6-inch display, 32 gigabytes of internal storage and a Snapdragon 617 making it seem too good to be true for its $99 price point. ZTE has built up a reputation for being a smart phone manufacturer capable of providing high end hardware for a low price, and keeping to their reputation, ZTE has unveiled this year’s new and upgraded model, the $129 Blade Z Max.
The Hardware Behind the Glass
On the inside, the Blade Z Max’s hardware horsepower is impressive for the price. It’s powered by a 1.4 gigahertz octa-core Snapdragon 435 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32 gigabytes of built-in-storage with a microSD card slot that can expand the storage by up to 128 gigabytes. The 6-inch screen is a full HD 1080p IPS LCD display guarded by 2.5D Dragontail Glass.
One of the biggest steps forward the Blade Z Max makes over the Zmax Pro is the battery capacity, at a whopping 4,080 mAh, 600 more mAh than its predecessor. ZTE claims that the battery has enough juice to last for up to 31 hours of talk time or 528 hours of standby. The Blade Z Max also gets a highly requested feature on the Zmax, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 to rapidly juice that giant battery.
Slick Internals, Sleek External
Taking a moment to look away from the impressive internals, the ZTE Blade Z Max is encased in a sleek body with a textured back panel. Additionally, the back features a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera system. This dual camera system is capable of creating photos with depth of field effects similar to the iPhone 7 Plus’ system. Out of the box, the Blade Z Max will be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, charge over a USB Type C port and most importantly, have a headphone jack – something we can’t take for granted these days.
“The Blade smartphone series showcases the ability of ZTE to bring affordable premium devices to the masses and we are excited to bring this line to MetroPCS for the first time through the ZTE Blade Z Max,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices. “The Blade Z Max brings top-of- the-line features and specs to consumers at a price point that provides unmatched value.”
One potentially sour spot of the Blade Z Max is that it’s available exclusively through MetroPCS. This limitation could keep those still in contracts with other providers on the sidelines. If you’re interested in purchasing one, they’re already available for pre-order through MetroPCS* for $130.