In a market which is mostly dominated by Samsung and Apple, smaller smartphone makers find it very difficult to find a foothold in the US smartphone markets. Although, LG and the Lenovo-owned Moto devices have performed quite well in these competitive markets, some others have faltered and almost disappeared from the American shelves.

One such brand is ZTE, which operates a huge industry in Asia, but has failed to create an impact in the American market. However, the company is still trying to test the waters in the country, which is why a new entry-level smartphone from the company will now be available for consumers to purchase if they wish to.

This new device will be called the Blade Z Max and will only be retailed through MetroPCS.

Specs of the new handset

The entry-level smartphone will feature a 6-inch Full HD display, which will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8940 chipset also known the Snapdragon 435 SoC. It will also house 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to a maximum of 128 GB through microSD card. The device will also contain a 4,080 mAh battery.

Most surprisingly, the budget handset will come with a dual rear facing camera module with a 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors. An 8-megapixel front facing camera will also be present on the smartphone. Rear mounted fingerprint sensor and USB-C port will also come with the handset.

The Zte Blade Z Max will run on the latest Android Nougat operating system.

All of the features mentioned above are further enhanced by the low price tag of $129. This is an especially enticing offer considering that the handset comes with a large 6-inch display. The presence of the dual rear camera setup is also quite strange in a device in this price bracket.

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What makes the device so unique?

Many of the $200 plus devices have been unveiled in the market and they have the dual camera setup on them. However, this is the first time that a smartphone costing less than $150 is offering the same chance to consumers. One of the rear-facing sensors is capable of clicking monochromatic pictures, while the other one will be able to snap color pictures.

Another unexpected feature in the ZTE handset is the inclusion of the USB C port along with the latest Nougat platform. It is surprising to see such mid-range features on a device, which the company has said will be an entry-level handset. It remains to be seen if the device can capture consumers' attention.