ZTE has provided a new option in its lineup of smartphones in the United States with the launch of the new ZTE Grand X Max 2.
This device arrives to take advantage of the growing interest in phablets in the US markets. The specifications of the device are extremely promising, but it remains to be seen if ZTE can persuade the buyer to look beyond mainstream options like the Samsung and HTC devices.
The promising specifications begin with the 6 inch display. Even though there are a number of devices with this display size, the availability of technologies like IPS panels should just do the trick. Brightness and visibility are not sources of concern even when the phone is under direct sunlight. The resolution of 1080p may seem a bit on the lower side – since it results in a pixel density of just 367 PPI – but it is the usage of this resolution that helps keep prices low.
Launched in mid-2016, it is not surprising to see the ZTE Grand X Max 2 come with Android 6.0 marshmallow out of the box. It would have been a major disappointment if it did not have this latest operating system. The snapdragon 617 processor range used in the device is generally seen in competing mid-range phones and it is supplemented by 2 GB of RAM. Sadly, there are no options with regard to internal storage, which is limited to only 16 GB. However, this can be increased using microSD cards of up to 64 GB.
The larger display size of the device makes for a compelling case to use the ZTE Grand X Max 2 as a full-fledged multimedia device. However, the ability to do so may be hindered slightly by the low memory on offer, even when the microSD cards are taken into account. A number of high-end smartphones have started providing support to 256 GB memory cards.
For such a large device, a 3400 mAh battery seems sufficient enough to do the job. Even if this gets drained too quickly, users can always resort to the instant charging capabilities; this can be used charge the battery to up to 60% in just 30 minutes. The use of a USB Type-C port is a welcome addition. Even with all such decent specifications, the ZTE Grand X Max 2 carries a price tag of just around $200.
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