Zte has announced a new smartphone named the Blade X Max in the United States, and it will be available exclusively from Cricket Wireless. The handset packs in some nifty features even though it cannot be categorized as a premium smartphone. However, some of its specs are quite impressive, especially for the price at which it is being offered.

Specs and features of the ZTE Blade X Max

The Blade X Max features a large 6-inch TFT Full HD display (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) with Dragontrail Glass. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz.


Memory wise, the smartphone comes with a standard 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on onboard storage. ZTE notes that this can be expanded further (using a microSD card) to an additional 128 GB.

The Blade X Max sports a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash support and 1080p video recording. Additionally, it also possesses a 5MP selfie camera. A non-removable 3400 mAh battery will also ensure users do not run out of charge quickly. ZTE promises a standby time of 241 hours with a fully charged battery.

Perhaps the most important feature of the device is that it will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

Even the latest premium handsets do not come with the latest OS version of Android. Therefore, the Blade X Max offering support for the updated Android Nougat system will surely go down well with fans.

Other important aspects of the smartphone include the presence of a fingerprint sensor, along with support for Bluetooth and LTE connectivity across 2, 4, 5, and 12 bands. The device houses a 3.5mm headphone jack a Type-C USB and charging port. The Blade X Max also supports Quick Charge 2.0.

Availability and pricing

ZTE is limiting the Blade X Max to just Cricket Wireless in the United States, and so, it would be locked to the carrier’s network.

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The handset became available for purchase from Friday, May 12 at Cricket Wireless stores across the United States.

The smartphone has been priced surprisingly low considering some of the impressive features that it packs in. Cricket Wireless will sell the device for just $149.99 – a bargain considering the specs it houses.

The 6-inch screen and the inclusion of Android 7.1.1 Nougat at launch justifies a much higher price, but for some reason, the company has decided to sell the product relatively cheaper.

Those who order the device will also receive free shipping. Are you keen on buying the mid-range handset or would rather wait for another option?