ZTE Blade X Max coming soon to the US via Cricket

There are at least a couple of affordable ZTE smartphone coming to the United States these days. We’ve already reported about the ZTE Max XL and ZTE Blade Max 3, which made their debut at Boost Mobile ( Sprint, Virgin Mobile) and U.S. Cellular, respectively.

Now, we’ve learned that there’s a third ZTE handset that will be introduced in the US in less than a week, the Blade X Max. The smartphone will be carried by Cricket, but details about its exact release date and price are unknown at the moment.

The good news is we know what’s under the smartphone’s hood. The most appealing piece …


$130 ZTE Max XL launched on Boost Mobile, packing surprisingly generous specs in places

ZTE is on a roll this week, attacking the budget sector with reasonably well thought-out phones. After releasing the $199 Blade Max 3, the Chinese brand is going to launch a new prepaid phone on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – the ZTE Max XL. Embargoed information leaked online, describing a $130 phone with some surprisingly solid hardware for the price. The device features a 6-inch 1080p-resolution screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

There’s a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera, along with a 3390mAh battery. The ZTE Max …

ZTE Blade Max 3 (with a 4000 mAh battery) launched in the US for $199

US Cellular recently released a brand new ZTE smartphone that’s targeting folks in need of a large and affordable handset. Called ZTE Blade Max 3, the new device kind of succeeds the ZTE Imperial Max (launched by US Cellular a year ago).

Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, the ZTE Blade Max 3 sports a 6-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and packs a 4,000 mAh battery – good enough for a talk time of up to 40 hours, or a stand-by time of up to 31 days. The new handset further offers a fingerprint scanner, a 13 MP dual rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and a …

T-Mobile and ZTE out the Quartz, a decked-out smartwatch for less than $200

Just as rumored, ZTE today launched its first Android Wear smartwatch, and it is landing on none other than the Un-carrier T-Mobile’s network to boot. Called ZTE Quartz (model number ZW10), it runs on Android Wear 2.0, and sports a large 1.4” AMOLED display with 400×400 resolution, covered with Gorilla Glass protection.
The new smartwatch looks like a regular timepiece, aiming to appeal to a broader audience, with a metal bezel around the screen, and a small button on the upper right side. Thankfully, it can be used as a standalone wearable device with …

Affordable ZTE Prestige 2 goes on sale at Boost and Virgin Mobile

The sequel to the two-year-old ZTE Prestige has just arrived in the United States via Boost and Virgin Mobile carriers. As expected, the entry-level smartphone can be had for just $79.99, which seems the right price considering its specs. Aside from the two US carriers, Best Buy is selling the ZTE Prestige 2 as well for the same amount.

Spec-wise, ZTE’s affordable smartphone is far from being impressive, but it could be a decent alternative for those who want to purchase their first Android handset.

Unfortunately, the Prestige 2 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow …

ZTE Axon 7 Mini has its own Android 7.1.1 Nougat preview program in the US

ZTE announced that it’s kicking off a preview program for the Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Axon 7 Mini. The beta program will only be available to users in the United States who register and are accepted into the preview.

As always, the program is meant to provide ZTE with the necessary feedback to launch offer users a bug-free Android update for the Axon 7 Mini. Also, participants will be able to familiarize themselves, as well as test out new features and improvements before they are made available to the general public.

In order to take part in the beta program, ZTE Axon 7 Mini …

New ZTE Quartz photos reveal circular, metallic design

ZTE is planning to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch sometime later this year. Likely called ZTE Quartz, the wearable device first showed up in a render back in January. Now, Android Police published a set of photos showing the real ZTE Quartz (not renders), confirming some of the device’s features.

The ZTE Quartz (model number ZW10) runs Android Wear 2.0, and sports a circular display of unknown size and pixel resolution. There’s a metal bezel around the screen, plus a small button on the upper right side. It’s unclear if the smartwatch comes with LTE connectivity, but it should …

The first software update for the ZTE Blade V8 Pro brings performance enhancements and more

Following its release just under two months ago, the ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone is now receiving its first official software update. The device is still running Android 6.0.1 with ZTE’s custom interface, and as great as it would have been to get Nougat running on the phone this early on, the new software fixes a lot of little issues that the V8 Pro has had since it launched.

For starters, this over-the-air update squashes the bug that forced the music app to close after being opened for 15 minutes and the one that caused issues with syncing the correct …

The ZTE Z986 has been spotted online; includes Android 7.1.1 and a massive 6-inch screen

Throughout 2016 and even so far in 2017, ZTE has proven to know a thing or two about what it takes to create a quality smartphone that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Last year’s Axon 7 lineup and ZMAX Pro proved to be some of the best smartphones for their price range, and this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is where we were first introduced to the commendable Blade V8 Pro.

ZTE already has some true winners under its belt, but the company is nowhere near to calling it quits. ZTE took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2017 to announce the Blade V8 Mini and V8 Lite, and a new …

ZTE agrees to pay $1.19 billion record fine for selling goods and services to Iran and North Korea

Huawei and ZTE have been banned from selling their products and services to U.S. government back in 2013, but while the ban was lifted for the former, the latter remained under scrutiny.

U.S. government agencies found that telecoms equipment from the Chinese companies posed a national security risk. On top of that, authorities in the United States have been investigating ZTE since 2012 over allegations it sold software and equipment made in the U.S. to Iran.

ZTE won U.S. government’s mercy after a series of talks with Washington officials, and the company was allowed to export …