Best-Rated ZTE Cell Phones January 2015

* Also exists for all brands.

Until our next update, the ZTE Warp 4G, Supreme and Sonata 4G are our selection for best ZTE phones. The first one is a Android smartphone, the second one a Android smartphone and the third one, a smartphone running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) on a Qualcomm MSM8230 CPU.

#1. The ZTE Warp 4G


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.

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#2. The ZTE Supreme


The ZTE Supreme (also called ZTE Vital) is a mid-range smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor running on Android Jelly bean 4.1 (although Sprint´s version is said to run on 4.2 already). It is fitted with a 2500mAh Lithium-ion battery that has a advertised standby time of up to 11 days and a talk-time of 15 hours. This smartphone is equipped with a main rear-facing 13-megapixel and a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, the main one is capable of recording full HD (1920×1080 pixels) videos. The Supreme also comes with a pre-installed version of Real Racing 3 by EA.

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#3. The ZTE Sonata 4G

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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.

#4. The ZTE ZMax


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.

#5. The ZTE Blade V


The quad-core 1.2GHz ZTE Blade V does not demand top dollar (or in this case, pound) and appears to deliver accordingly. It features a 4-inch WVGA screen with 233ppi pixel density, a 5-megapixel camera that works with a VGA front-facing camera, a 512MB RAM, and a 4GB native memory that is expandable to 32GB. It also comes with a 1800mAh battery that has a listed talk time of 240 minutes or four hours.

#6. The ZTE Nubia 5


Targeting the unlocked market, ZTE´s quad-core 1.5GHz Android 4.1 smartphone is outfitted in a 5-inch 1080p IPS screen with a surprisingly-high pixel density of 443ppi and sports a 5-element Konica-Minolta lens (said to be scratch-resistant) in its 13-megapixel camera. It uses Dolby Digital Plus technology, has quite a low SAR rating of 0.225, and comes with 2GB of RAM and a 2300mAh battery. On the other hand, its 16GB storage memory cannot be expanded and it does not have LTE capability, but it supports HSPA+, which is considered as 3.5G technology.

#7. The ZTE Grand S Pro


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.

#8. The ZTE Grand X

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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.

#9. The ZTE Source


The ZTE Source is a modest smartphone with respectable multimedia features: it uses SRS Enhanced Sound technology, which should work well with Muve Music, Cricket´s music download service that is integrated into its 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Its 5-megapixel camera has a backside-illuminated sensor (a feature normally seen in more high-end smart camera phones), and it offers high-definition (720p) video recording. Also noteworthy is its above-average talk time (as claimed) of 912 minutes.

#10. The ZTE Solar


Despite its name, the ZTE Solar does not seem to offer anything new under the sun. It is fitted with a 4.5-inch WVGA display, is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor and 768MB of RAM, and runs on Android 4.1. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, a 4GB memory, and a 2070mAh battery that can last up to 360 hours or 15 days on standby. It cannot be turned into a mobile hotspot though, and it does not sport a front-facing camera, so common to today's phones.

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