When it comes to smartphones, not everyone needs a $700+ flagship like the Galaxy S8. While it may look amazing and have excellent all-around performance, most consumers can just get by with an affordable smartphone that will allow them to surf the web, send texts, and perhaps even make a phone call — yes, people still talk on their phones.
That’s where ZTE comes into focus with its latest budget smartphone: the Max XL. While it likely won’t win any performance benchmarks, the Max XL packs in a lot of features and aggressive pricing. First and foremost, the Max XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You’ll find a stingy 16GB of internal storage, but you can thankfully expand upon that with a microSD card (which supports up to an additional 128GB).
The display measures a generous 6 inches and has a resolution of 1080p. While not as dense as QHD flagships that rule the roost, the Full HD screen resolution paired with the positively massive 3990 mAh battery means that the Max XL should rank near the tops of the charts when it comes to battery life.
Other features include a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and support for Sprint’s HPUE LTE technology. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which ZTE says is near-stock in its appearance.
The ZTE Max XL is priced at $129.99, but Boost Mobile is already applying a web-only $28 discount which drops the phone down to just $101.99. That’s a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to Android smartphones.