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Until our next update, the ZTE Blade S6, Nubia 5S Mini LTE and Z432 are our selection for best ZTE phones. The first one is a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit) CPU, the second one a recent Android 4.3 Jelly Bean smartphone running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and the third one, a basic phone.
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As per ZTE's presentation, the 5-inch Blade S6 banks on six key specs, which include its split octa-core (1.7GHz + 1GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit processor, AliveShare network-free communication app, 13-megapixel FHD-recording camera, and Hi-Fi audio system. The Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and the customizable MiFavor 3.0 interface complete the said six.
The Blade S6 also offers a 16GB native memory, a 2GB RAM, and an Adreno 405 graphics engine. It sports a 5-megapixel front-facing sub-cam and comes with 2400mAh worth of battery power.
The LTE-enabled Nubia 5S Mini appears to be a budget model from one of ZTE's major Android lines, coming with a 4.7-inch HD display, though it retains the IGZO One-Glass-Solution technology from Sharp. Its key specs include a 13-megapixel BSI rear camera and its 5-megapixel front-facing partner -- both skirt the high-end territory. This unlocked model runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor assisted by 2GB worth of RAM. It also comes with a 16GB internal memory expandable to up to 32GB. The Nubia 5S Mini is powered by a 2000mAh battery.
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ZTE partners with AT&T over the Z432, a feature phone that sports a 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen, a full QWERTY keyboard (4 rows) and a 2-megapixel camera. Among its typical feature phone perks (Bluetooth, mobile web, MP3 player) are preloaded AT&T apps, such as their Navigator and Address Book. It also comes with AT&T's Device Help function, which provides a step-by-step tutorial for all the phone's functions via the preinstalled browser. The Z432 runs on a 900mAh battery and a single-core Qualcomm processor.
At 3.5 inches, the starter-class ZTE Zinger sports a lone 2-megapixel VGA-recording camera, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 512MB worth of RAM. Its specs list also includes a 4GB expandable internal memory with support for up to 32GB of extra storage -- a typical memory offering for an entry-level model. It is powered by a 1500mAh battery and also offers Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS and SUPL navigation, and 3G mobile web browsing. Its M3/T4 hearing aid rating suggests that it targets a rather elder demographic looking to get a taste of the Android platform.
The smart viewer mode (displays two apps at the same time) and Dolby Digital Plus technology give this 5.7-inch Android phablet a boost, but the rest of its specs are apparently stuck in the middle sphere. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, sports a 1280 x 720 IPS display and an 8-megapixel camera (joined by a 1-megapixel front-facer), and it comes with a 3200mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage memory.
ZTE expands their phablet roster with the 5.7-inch ZMax. Among its selling points are the scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 frame and the Dolby Digital DM3+ sound enhancement technology. It also comes with a pretty hefty 3400mAh battery that matches its 1.2GHz quad-core engine and 2GB RAM. Its internal memory caps off at 16GB and supports up to 32GB of expansion via microSD. Just like most phablets released in 2014, the ZMax also comes with several LTE (4G) network bands. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 1.6-megapixel partner up front.
This upgraded version of the ZTE Warp boasts of a faster processor (1.2GHz), longer battery life (12 hours of talk-time), bigger internal memory (8GB) and a better signal coverage by utilizing 4G technology. Handling the new Warp 4G will be very similar to the older one since this Android smartphone still sports nearly the same dimensions (5.2" x 2.6" x 0.4"). The 4.5-inch display is based on the IPS technology.
The ZTE Grand X is likely more affordable compared to other models in the same series. It comes with the Quick Charge feature, which they say improves charging speed by up to 40%, for its battery rated at 2300mAh. It also brings an audio enhancement feature of its own in ZTE's SRS TruMedia technology, perhaps an answer to the popular BoomSound (HTC) and Dolby Surround Sound (Sony, among others). Its 5-inch qHD display is fronted by a Corning Gorilla Glass panel, but is seems to keep a pretty modest performance with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and only 1GB of RAM.
The ZTE Grand X Max is a 6-inch phablet that comes with a pretty high 3200mAh battery power. Qualcomm's Quick Charge function backs it up. Up front is a Gorilla glass-protected HD LCD screen, with its 1-megapixel front-facing camera peaking in the corner. Its partner is an 8-megapixel HD rear camera. A Qualcomm processor also runs this Android, clocking in at 1.2GHz on four CPU cores. Its internal memory caps off at 8GB, while the RAM capacity is at a modest 1GB. Other features include an M4/T3 hearing aid rating and an up-to-21Mbps data rate on HSPA+.
ZTE trumpets The Sonata 4G's dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 processor that runs at a comparatively zippy 1.4GHz and is joined by a 1GB RAM. The Android 4.1.2 smartphone also boasts a 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT display (with 233ppi pixel density), a 5-megapixel camera that takes 1280 x 720 videos (but does not have a secondary camera), a 1785mAh battery that can reportedly last for 312 hours (13 days) on standby, and a 4GB memory.
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