The budget-friendly range of smartphones has the widest choices to pick from and as it seems, the options seem to be growing as each day passes by.
The newest member to join this family of cheap, affordable but still powerful smartphones is the ZTE Zmax Pro. This is a new device that is reportedly coming on T-Mobile, but there is detailed information on whether the phone will remain exclusive to this carrier or other carriers will stock it too.
This is not the first time ZTE will be working closely with this American carrier. In 2014, the company launched its first ZTE Zmax smartphone and it was sold to the U.S. via T-Mobile. The carrier, however, did not offer the second generation of this device dubbed the ZTE Zmax 2, instead, AT&T took over the honors of serving the phone to the U.S. market. While the latest reports claim that the ZTE Zmax Pro is headed to T-Mobile, it won’t be a surprise to see the same device make an appearance on another carrier, probably the said AT&T.
Rumored specs of ZTE Zmax Pro smartphone
If all goes according to the latest reports, the new ZTE Zmax Pro will be highlighted by the fact that it will be based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are not so many mid-end smartphones that are powered by this new OS.
In addition, the device will sport a huge 6-inch display panel that will be sufficient for the phablet-obsessed millennials, which is the likeliest audience that ZTE is targeting with this device. Offering a decent resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, the Zmax Pro, being a mid-range smartphone, will come with similarly mid-level hardware specs under the hood.
The ZTE Zmax Pro features an 8-core Snapdragon 617 SoC that has a speed of 1.5GHz and is supported by a RAM of 2GB. The available onboard storage of 32GB should be enough, if it isn’t, you can add a microSD card.
Just recently, U.S. Cellular unveiled a ZTE Imperial Max. While Zmax Pro looks almost similar to this device, there are some slight differences as far as the camera is concerned. The Imperial Max has a dual-camera setup on the rear, but the Zmax Pro sticks to the usual, coming in with a 13MP rear snapper and a 5MP front-facing snapper.
The most interesting part of this device is that it has a fingerprint scanner added just close to the rear camera. Given the expanded capabilities Android 6.0 Marshmallow adds to this fingerprint functionality, the ZTE Zmax Pro should be a great device to have. Even though there are no pricing details, the fact that the 2015 ZTE Zmax 2 and the recently released ZTE Imperial Max cost less than $150 without a contract, it is possible that the new Zmax Pro will be priced in the sub-$200 category.