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This week, the ZTE ZMax, Warp Sync and Blade S6 are our selection for best ZTE phones. The first one is a 5.7-inch phablet phone, the second one a smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat on a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926 processor and the third one, a recent Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone boasting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit) processor.
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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.
Joining ZTE's 2014 mid-range lineup is this 5-inch Android whose HD (720p) display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass (2.0) frame. It also mimics other middle class smartphones from ZTE with the Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancement technology. This LTE-enabled smartphone employs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 2GB RAM and a 2300mAh battery alongside it. Its 8GB memory is expandable to up to 64GB, doubling up the typical up-to-32GB support from similar models. The Warp Sync sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.6-megapixel selfie cam.
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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 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+.
The Grand S Pro is a recent addition to ZTE's high-end LTE-capable phone line. It boasts a 2.3GHz quad-core processor in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a 2300mAh battery to match. It also has a full HD 2-megapixel front-facing webcam, which is high, considering that it is the secondary camera, and the main shooter is a 13-megapixel. Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancements also find its place among other multimedia features. Its 8GB memory and 2GB RAM are also a bit higher compared to other high-end models.
At 4.5 inches, the ZTE Speed challenges many other entry-level smartphones released in quarter four of 2014 with its 1.2GHz quad-core processor that claims to be 64-bit-capable -- likely in anticipation of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This LTE-Cat4-ready model also lists a 5- and a 2-megapixel camera among its specs. Its internal memory and RAM stand at 8GB and 1GB respectively, guaranteeing it a slightly higher seat compared to many other basic Androids. The Speed comes with a 2000mAh battery under the hood that promises up to 14 hours of talk time.
Released alongside the Open II, this 4-inch WVGA entry-level smartphone runs the Firefox OS v1.3 out of the box, and can be reflashed to the Android 4.4 platform if users opt to do so. It sports a single 3-megapixel back-facing camera and is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core engine running at 1.2GHz. Its 4GB internal memory, which is a typical spec among starter-class models, is accompanied by 512MB worth of RAM. The Open C's battery scores a 24-hour maximum standby time with its 1400mAh capacity.
AT&T partners up with ZTE to bring another basic Android Jelly Bean smartphone in the 4-inch ZTE Radiant. It sports a 5-megapixel camera, but sadly no front-facing companion. The mentioned snapper is capable of 720p video recording. The 1.4GHz processor under its casing runs on two cores, which might give it a slight edge over other low-tech models, at least in terms of multitasking. It also has M3 and T4 hearing aid ratings to add to its arsenal. Even though its 1GB RAM is a tad better compared to others phones (512MB, 768MB), the Radiant halves the typical 4GB memory capacity offered by most models within its price range.
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