Prepaid wireless service enthusiasts looking to use AT&T’s rather than T-Mobile’s network may have felt left out by the exclusive “UnCarrier” and MetroPCS launch of the super-affordable ZTE ZMax Pro, but now they can get a stab at their very own low-cost ZTE device with a fingerprint sensor.

Well, not just yet, but soon enough, as Ma Bell subsidiary Cricket Wireless promises to begin on and offline sales of the Grand X 4 this Friday, November 18. For a measly $129.99, ZTE USA’s CEO feels you won’t be making too many sacrifices, with “features found on flagship phones” everyone can enjoy, “no matter their budget.”

That’s obviously a bit of an overstatement, since the rear-positioned, “intuitive, ergonomic and convenient” fingerprint reader is really the only high-end feature in tow here. Still, the ZTE Grand X 4 isn’t half bad all in all… for a dirt-cheap mid-ranger, also offering a 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 3,140 mAh battery, 13/5MP cameras, as well as pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.

The “perfect gift this holiday season”? Probably not. A decent one nonetheless if you only have 130 bucks to spend? Definitely.




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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