It’s easy to find yourself getting disillusioned by the smartphone offerings at CES this year, as they present few very exciting flagship-level offerings. But only looking for top-shelf hardware would be doing yourself a disservice. After all, it’s important to remember what the C in CES stands for: consumer. And for a large number of shoppers, top-of-the-line specs don’t matter as much as affordability and value – something all too easy to forget. ZTE finds its roots in delivering connectivity options to users who might not otherwise have them, and that mission continues today with the company’s latest hardware, as it introduces the Avid Plus and Grand X 3 at CES 2016.
The Grand X 3 (above) may be no Axon, but it takes cues from ZTE’s more premium brand as it attempts to deliver a well-rounded smartphone experience at a much more accessible price. The handset offers a 5.5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 210 SoC, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP/2MP camera pair, and 16GB storage – with the option for microSD expansion. Slightly more premium specs include USB type-C connectivity, a 3000mAh battery with quick-charge support, and Dolby Audio output.
We haven’t heard a formal release date just yet, but expect it to come to Cricket sometime later this month. Pricing also needs final confirmation, but ZTE intends the Grand X 3 to sell for just about $130.
On the lower end we have the Avid Plus (below), whose five-inch FWVGA screen seems like a blast from the past (and maybe not in a good way). This model also runs a Snapdragon 210, while packing 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage (again microSD expandable), a 5MP/2MP camera arrangement, and a 2300mAh battery.
Full release details are still pending on this model, too, but we do know that it will find a home at T-Mobile and MetroPCS, and from what hear it should stunningly affordable – maybe even more so than some of the cheapest Windows Phone models. So while the Avid Plus may not offer a ton of phone, if it can do so for less than the cost of a night out at the movies, that’s still saying a lot.
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