Before the ZMax Pro made all those headlines with its almost absurdly low price, surprisingly modern fingerprint reader, decent build, massive screen and overall respectable specs, ZTE joined AT&T last year in releasing a similarly dirt-cheap ZMax 2 Android phone.

This was obviously far less exciting, although still a solid budget affair for a few months, costing at one point just $60 with GoPhone prepaid service while featuring a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, and 3000mAh battery.

No longer a very smart buy at $60 in “certified like-new” condition from America’s second largest mobile carrier, the ZTE ZMax 2 is at least rewarding its devoted early adopters with a long overdue official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

Granted, that’s now more than a year old, not to mention antiquated by the recent rollout of versions 7.0 and even 7.1 Nougat. But for a previous-generation low-ender, it’s actually a pleasant surprise, guaranteeing a relatively smooth user experience for the remainder of its discreet life.

All you need to do to bid adieu for good to (even more) archaic Lollipop software is clear at least 1.1GB internal storage space and make sure you have plenty of battery juice before approving the over-the-air AT&T Marshmallow download and installation. Enjoy!




Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).

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