- Analysis by Christelle Nina
Truly a testament to its name, the ZTE MAX XL takes pride in the 3990mAh battery pack that powers all of its functions. Producing 26.6 hours of talk time and lasting almost 30 days while on stand-by , it's obviously designed to go the distance as far as battery life is concerned.
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Just like with its battery, this device assumes a go-big stance with its 6-inch display. The Gorilla Glass screen is outfitted with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is neither underwhelming nor surprising for a phablet in its market.
A 13-megapixel main camera headlines it imaging pros and cons. However, its 5-megapixel counterpart on the front, which is more on the average side, isn't as enticing.
With an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor controlling things from the inside, the MAX XL's 1.4GHz clock speed is slightly slow in comparison to many competing models which run at at least 1.5GHz.
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Physically, this smartphone comes in thick at about 9.4mm -- an inevitable consequence of having such a large battery. Design-wise, it doesn't stand out as much as metal and glass phones -- making it clear that attractiveness isn't one of its priorities.
In summary, its big battery, large screen, and 13-megapixel main camera are the ZTE MAX XL's most convincing features. It may not excel as much in terms of its processor and physical specs, but its pros and cons indicate that it's likely to find a market in today's competitive tech scene.
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** This phone is also known as: ZTE N9560
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