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ZTE Cymbal-T is the first major Android flip phone for the West

By Jules Wang November 2, 2016, 7:52 pm

The ZTE Cymbal-T might or might not sound like a better name than the Samsung Galaxy Folder or the LG Wine and Ice Cream, but it’s what we’ve got to go on in the US.

You might be wondering why an Android Lollipop phone — we’re serious — has any business coming here in 2016. It’s because that it’s on prepaid carrier TracFone and is meant to transition candybar toters onto something with a little more modern operating system, but in a familiar flip phone form factor.

Do not make fun of candybar toters.

There’s a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 8GB of storage (expandable by microSD card up to 32GB), 1GB of RAM with a 5-megapixel camera at back and a 2-megapixel front-facer. A Snapdragon 210 runs the show here and provides for LTE, CDMA and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

The phone is being sold through Home Shopping Network and is being bundled with a car charger, a case, a voucher for complimentary software services and a TracFone plan with 1,200 minutes, 1,200 texts and 1.2GB of data for a whole year for $99.99.

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